Apophis removed from the risk list - Apophis removed from the risk list
New optical observations of Apophis have been collected since end of October 2020. In addition to that, the acquisition of new radar observations in early March by NASA’s Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex in California and the Green Bank Observatory, West Virginia, have provided enough data on the orbit of the infamous asteroid to finally rule out, with certainty, any Earth impact for at least 100 years.
For more information, please read ESA’s press release here.
In addition to that, recent Apophis stellar occultation observations have allowed constraining the Yarkovsky acceleration to even more accurate values than the ones reported by us here. For more information please read Gaia’s Image of the Week entry here.
Caption: Earth's gravity will notably alter Apophis' orbit during 2029 flyby.