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Huge Asteroid Missed Earth, Another One in 2029 May Not

By Chris V. Thangham     Apr 3, 2007 in Environment
Aphophis Asteroid is heading towards Earth in 2029 will come very close to Earth and be visible to naked eye.
One Asteroid missed the Earth, but another one that is expected to come in 2029 may not miss the Earth.
The space rock, dubbed 2006 VV2, came within 2.1 million miles of hitting us — which is a near miss in space terms, even though that's about nine times farther away than the moon.
The asteroid was flying past Earth on Friday night, at 11 p.m. (PDT), and on Saturday 7 a.m. GMT for Europe.
There was no danger of collision. And that's a really good thing. This space rock, named 2006 VV2, is more than a mile wide (about 2 kilometers), according to the Web site.
You can read more about it from Franklin's article in DJ here.
If that Asteroid had really hit the Earth, it could have blown a crater the size of London and wipe out a whole country. It will create a climate change in the environment and affect the weather in the world with drastic weather changes. Luckily it just missed Earth by a whisker in space terms but that distance is about nine times the distance of the moon from the Earth.
Jay Tate, Spaceguard UK said Asteroids are not be looked up light, they pose real dangers and one we have to find and track them. Dinosaurs became extinct because of one of those Asteroids and was helpless against it, humans are facing the same risk.
This VV2 asteroid is far away from Earth, we can rest easy but there is another Asteroid called Aphophis will pass very close to Earth in the year 2029 and a minor chance of hitting the planet in 2036, though it will most likely come close to Earth.
The VV2 Asteroid one was able to spot it with telescopes and CCD cameras, this Asteroid will be the first one that will be clearly visible to the naked eye.
The Aphophis Asteroid is said to have a power of 65,000 Hiroshima bombs. It has a power to wipe out a small country and trigger a tidal wave that could become 800 ft (244 m) high, a Tsunami of sorts. This may be the likely scenario ifAphophis hits the Earth.
NASA wants to study further about this Asteroid before they can devise a plan to handle this threat.
Till then it has to do some preventive measures and do simulation so Earth can be ready for Aphophis or any Asteroid. Since the Asteroid will attack any part of the Earth, they should have a global body to handle these threats.
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