While we were all worried about terrorists, Mother Nature reminded us that she is the real bitch goddess, and sent Katrina our way.
Apparently, she’s still pissed. For one thing, Mount St. Helen’s is acting up again.
But the big whammy in her arsenal may not hit us for another 24 years. April 13, 2029 to be exact:
Steve Chesley created a firestorm of panic last December when announced to the world his discovery of Asteroid MN4.
A recently rediscovered 400-meter Near-Earth Asteroid (NEA) is predicted to pass near the Earth on 13 April 2029. The flyby distance is uncertain and an Earth impact cannot yet be ruled out. The odds of impact, presently around 1 in 300, are unusual enough to merit special monitoring by astronomers, but should not be of public concern. These odds are likely to change on a day-to-day basis as new data are received.
With each passing day the likelihood of such an event befalling us again becomes greater and greater. We must stop it, but we only have 25 years left.
On April 13th, 2029, the asteroid may crush into Earth causing an explosion 100 times bigger than the blast of the A-bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. A large part of Moscow is likely to disappear.
It’s name is Apophis, the Greek name for the evil demon of Egyptian legend, Apep.