THE CHINESE, NOT BRUCE WILLIS, WILL SAVE US FROM THE ASTEROID
Scientists at Tsinghua University in Beijing have revealed their solar sail plan to deflect an asteroid that could hit the Earth in 2036.
Apophis was discovered in 2004, and it’s first close call with Earth will occur on April 13, 2029. Scientists do not expect impact, though the asteroid will pass through the orbit of geosynchronous communications satellites.
The asteroid will pass by again in 2036, with a 1 in 250,000 chance of hitting the Earth.
Fun fact: Apophis is named after the villain in Stargate. The scientists who first discovered the asteroid are huge Stargate:SG-1 fans.