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 in Comets & Asteroids
The average speed of an asteroid is 25 kilometers per second. Depending upon the size and velocity of an asteroid, a collision with Earth could have catastrophic effects.Full Answer >
The average temperature of an asteroid is -100 degrees Fahrenheit. Asteroids are also known as minor planets that typically revolve around the sun.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 >
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 >