The 40 million ton asteroid named Apophis, the Greek name for the Egyptian god Apep, known as â€œthe Destroyerâ€ will come so close (22,000 miles)Â in April 2029 that it will pass under many satellites and may destroy some.
Some scary excerpts from the article:
Astronomers fear that, although 2029 should pass without incident, coming so close to Earth might change Apophisâ€™s 323-day orbit around the sun â€” during which it crosses the planetâ€™s path twice â€” creating an even bigger risk in the future. A second close encounter is predicted for 2036.
Since Apophis was discovered Nasa scientists have been drawing up proposals for diverting it or any other asteroid that might present a threat. Nasa estimates that if it hit Earth it would release energy equivalent to the detonation of 880 megatons of TNT.