The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

Good grief, have you read the De­cem­ber is­sue of Pop­u­lar Me­chan­ics?

“Fri­day the 13th of April, 2029, could be a very un­lucky day for planet Earth,” ac­cord­ing to the ar­ti­cle penned by David Noland. “At 4:36 a.m. Green­wich Mean Time, a 25-mil­lion-ton, 820-foot-wide as­ter­oid called 99942 Apophis will slice across the or­bit of the moon and bar­rel to­ward Earth at more than 28,000 miles per hour.

“The huge pock­marked rock, two-thirds the size of Devils Tower in Wy­oming, will pack the en­ergy of 65,000 Hiroshima bombs — enough to wipe out a small coun­try or kick up an 800-foot tsunami. On this day, how­ever, Apophis is not ex­pected to live up to its name­sake, the an­cient Egyp­tian god of dark­ness and de­struc­tion. Sci­en­tists are 99.7 per­cent cer­tain it will pass at a dis­tance of 18,800 to 20,800 miles. We will have dodged a cos­mic bul­let. Maybe.”

Mr. Noland points out that NASA “is tak­ing a wait-and-see at­ti­tude.”

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