Telescope captures new images of asteroid king 99942 Apophis
New images have been captured of 99942 Apophis – one of the most dangerous asteroids to life on Earth.
The asteroid was discovered in 2004 and has since been dubbed “the king of potentially dangerous asteroids” and ‘God of Chaos‘.
The asteroid will pass Earth at a distance of 15 million kilometres on March 6, 2021, but there will be closer encounters in the future.
There is a chance 99942 Apophis could strike Earth in 2026 or 2029, when it passes just 31,000 kilometres from the planet’s atmosphere.
There is a one in 150,000 chance that the asteroid will hit Earth in 2068. Now, new images have been captured of the rock by the Elena telescope.