The next asteroid to hit Earth could be Apophis. Deep Astronomy states that the asteroid, which was discovered in 2004, could hit on April 13, 2036.Know More
Deep Astronomy explains that Apophis is expected to pass Earth within five Earth diameters on April 13, 2029. The exact path it takes on this date is expected to determine whether it passes by the Earth in 2036 or collides with it.
Newer observations and calculations presented by NASA's Impact Risk program predict a 1 in 256,000 chance or less of the asteroid's orbit being changed enough for Apophis to hit Earth, despite passing by at a distance of less than one Earth radius between 2060 and 2105.Learn more about Comets & Asteroids
The asteroid belt lying between Mars and Jupiter consists of a ring approximately 184 million miles wide, extending from 186 million miles from the sun to 370 million miles from the sun. Tens of thousands of objects orbit in this zone, mostly rocky asteroids.Full Answer >
Ceres is the biggest asteroid with a diameter of approximately 590 miles. It was discovered by Giuseppe Piazzi in 1801, though he considered it a planet. Ceres is spherical in shape and orbits the sun between Mars and Jupiter in the Asteroid Belt.Full Answer >
The asteroid belt is a region of the solar system between Mars and Jupiter where the majority of the asteroids in the solar system are found. Millions of asteroids are believed to be located in this region.Full Answer >
The main asteroid belt is found between Mars and Jupiter. It is between 2 and 4 astronomical units from the sun. This means it is two to four times as far from the sun as the Earth is.Full Answer >