Earth might have just 29 years left in its life cycle, as NASA has revealed that the planet may face massive destruction in 2036, following an asteroid hit. According to the world's leading space agency, an asteroid named Apophis will collide with the Earth, causing the extinction of human species.
Apophis: The lone killer
It was in 2004 that NASA detected asteroid Apophis. For the past thirteen years, astronomers in NASA have been observing the celestial body, and finally, they have come to the conclusion that a deadly hit may occur in 2036. The news has been confirmed by Duane Brown, a NASA official at the Washington Headquarters.
Steve Chesley, a NASA scientist, along with his fellow teammate Paul Khodas from the jet propulsion laboratory of NASA, learned the trajectory of the asteroid since 2009, and they predict that the collision may cause precisely on April 13, 2036. The updated orbit of Apophis was finalized after observations made by Dave Tholen and his collaborators at the University of Hawaii's Institute for Astronomy.
"Apophis was one of those heavenly bodies, which attracted the interest of the public, as it was discovered in 2004. Updated computational techniques and newly available data indicate the probability of collision of the Earth April 13, 2036," writes NASA on its website.
Apart from 2036, asteroid Apophis will come close to the Earth in 2029 and 2068 too. According to Russian scientists, asteroid Apophis will have a close flyby in 2029 at a distance 32,000 away from the Earth, and during this time, even a small deviation in its trajectory will cause mass destruction.
November 19 passed uneventfully
Conspiracy theorists have claimed that the world will witness Armageddon on November 19, 2017, as rogue planet Nibiru will hit the Earth. But their predictions went wrong, as the date went uneventfully.
Another conspiracy theorist, David Meade believes that the apocalypse has already been triggered on October 15. According to Meade, the world is now going through a seven-year tribulation period, where we will witness a series of natural disasters including earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions. He also claims that Nibiru has already approached the Earth's orbit.