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The fall of Moscow asteroid Apophis will lead to the complete destruction of the capital of Russia, reports TASS statement of the head of the laboratory of mathematical modeling of geophysical processes, Institute of dynamics of geospheres of the RAS, doctor of physical and mathematical Sciences Valery Shuvalov.
“If this body falls to Moscow within the Garden ring, in the city everything will be destroyed. Also, serious damage will be on the territory of Moscow region. Ionospheric and radiation, probably the whole of Europe will cover”, — said the expert.
According to him, a celestial body similar to Apophis, fall to the Ground every 10-100 thousand years, and now humanity has no means to change the asteroid’s trajectory.
In January, scientists from St. Petersburg state University made the fall of Apophis to the Earth in 2068. The experts criticized colleagues.
Asteroid (99942) Apophis was discovered in July 2004. Celestial body in diameter up to 300 meters, and its solar orbit is almost entirely located inside the earth.
Every year NASA detects about 1.5 thousand near-earth objects. Currently managed to find about 90 percent of the celestial bodies larger than 90 meters in diameter. Most near-earth objects detected in less than 15 days prior to its closest approach to the Earth.
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