The next asteroid to hit Earth could be Apophis. Deep Astronomy states that the asteroid, which was discovered in 2004, could hit on April 13, 2036.Continue Reading
Deep Astronomy explains that Apophis is expected to pass Earth within five Earth diameters on April 13, 2029. The exact path it takes on this date is expected to determine whether it passes by the Earth in 2036 or collides with it.
Newer observations and calculations presented by NASA's Impact Risk program predict a 1 in 256,000 chance or less of the asteroid's orbit being changed enough for Apophis to hit Earth, despite passing by at a distance of less than one Earth radius between 2060 and 2105.Learn more about Comets & Asteroids
Giuseppe Piazzi discovered the first and largest asteroid, Ceres, on Jan. 1, 1801, while mapping stars. He found it orbiting in an area between Mars and Jupiter. Measuring 583 miles across, this almost spherical asteroid contains about one-fourth of the mass of all known asteroids.Full Answer >
The size of the largest asteroid is 592 miles or 952.76 kilometers in diameter. The asteroid's name is Ceres and it is also considered a dwarf planet.Full Answer >
The term "doomsday asteroid" is usually applied to an asteroid that, if it impacted Earth, would cause sufficient destruction to significantly disrupt the balance of life and possibly cause major extinctions. Such an asteroid would have to have an orbit that intersects the path of the Earth.Full Answer >
The average temperature of an asteroid is -100 degrees Fahrenheit. Asteroids are also known as minor planets that typically revolve around the sun.Full Answer >