Where is Apophis? Track live*!

Apophis is an asteroid the size of four football fields hurtling through space at 79,847 (49,904). In 2004 it reached the highest ever impact hazard category 4 on the Torino scale with the odds of a collision with Earth estimated at 2.7%, according to NASA.

Where is Asteroid Apophis now?

Apophis circles the sun in an orbit very close to Earth. Currently it's 247,045,941 (165,045,941) from us, getting 0 closer to us every second. The date for potential impact is 2029, but regularly the asteroid encounters earth in its orbit and this is not always a collision risk. The next encouter between Earth and this asteroid is Thu, Oct 15, 2020 when Apophis will pass by Earth at 31,881,145 km (19,810,025 Mi). The asteroid is currently 19,324,670 (12,007,793) from it's rendezvous with earth.

Since last night Apophis got 531,068 km (331,917 mi) closer. Since you started looking at this page it has come 0 km (0 mi) closer.

Asteroid Apophis 2004mn4 99942 Asteroid Apophis observation

Will it hit or miss Earth?

New radar and optical data has since reduces the odds a bit, and the current estimation is that in 2029 Apophis will pass near us at only 31,300 km (19,449 Mi). This is less than a tenth of the distance to the moon, too close for comfort? At least we don't come eye to eye with minor planet number 99942. It weights 61,000,000,000 kg and it's approach speed is a breathtaking 32,624 (20,390). An impact would be similar to exploding the entire global nuclear arsenal of about 15,000 nuclear weapons, at once.

Data from NASA JPL HORIZONS database for solar system objects.

Photo Credit and other: NASA, ESO/S. Brunier, NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI, NASA/JPL-Caltech, UH/IA
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