A New End of the World Date: Not 2012, Not 2036, Now it’s 2068!

Rachel Courtland writes in New Scientist that the asteroid Apophis, previously thought to be on course for impact with Earth in 2036, is now more likely to hit us in 2068. (As an aside, Alexandra Bruce writes about Apophis and other Near Earth Objects (NEOs) that we may like to worry about in the disinformation book 2012: Science or Superstition.) From New Scientist:

The chances of the asteroid Apophis hitting Earth in 2036 are lower than we thought. But those worried about deep impacts should add a new entry to their calendar: 2068.

When Apophis was first spotted in 2004, the 250-metre-wide rock was briefly estimated to have a 2.7 per cent chance of hitting Earth in 2029. Further observations quickly showed that it will miss Earth that year – but should it pass through a 600-metre-wide “keyhole” in space, it will return to hit Earth in 2036.

For the past several years, the probability of such a collision has been considered to be 1 in 45,000. But new calculations suggest the chance of an impact in 2036 is far lower – about 1 in 250,000.

The revised estimate is in part a result of additional observations of the asteroid as well as refinements on the position of Apophis in older data…

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  • Eugene

    Isacc Newton, alchemist and scientist, wrote on prophecy that 2060's time frame was the end.

  • Ahmed Rouas

    Everybody knows that this life on earth will come to an end either on the individual level or on the humanity or even earth level what is more important is what we as human should do and follow before that inavitable end comes .The Holy Quran says in Surat Yunis:
    24. The likeness of the life of the present is as the rain which We send down from the skies: by its mingling arises the produce of the earth- which provides food for men and animals: (It grows) till the earth is clad with its golden ornaments and is decked out (in beauty): the people to whom it belongs think they have all powers of disposal over it: There reaches it Our command by night or by day, and We make it like a harvest clean-mown, as if it had not flourished only the day before! thus do We explain the Signs in detail for those who reflect.

  • loverevolver4

    Every single prophecy and prediction concerning the end of the world has never come true, this has been happening for thousands of years, we are only more aware and hysterical from these theories now because of mass global communication and perhaps the impact of terrorists.

    • http://mmkaoutharyahoo.com/ Ahmed Rouas

      Human beings seem to be possessed with the idea of the end of the world , It is probably an expression of what it has been deeply rooted inside their nature , it is very familiar to hear someone saying : I thought it is the end of the world! when expeirencing any hurrible thing let it be an earthquake or a storm or even an accident!
      I am aware of the ancient prophecies about the end of the world, some of which put the date in the very near future .As for Islam it is a different story .There is no specific date for the end of the world at all niether in the Quran nor in the sayings of the Prophet Mohammed.In deed we read in the Quran the following verses :
      187] They ask you about the Hour (Day of Resurrection): “When will be its appointed time?” Say: “The knowledge thereof is with my Lord (Alone). None can reveal its time but He. Heavy is its burden through the heavens and the earth. It shall not come upon you except all of a sudden.” They ask you as if you have a good knowledge of it. Say: “The knowledge thereof is with Allâh (Alone) but most of mankind know not.”

      [42] They ask you (O Muhammad (peace be upon him) about the Hour – when will be its appointed time[43] You have no knowledge to say anything about it.
      ? 44] To your Lord belongs (the knowledge of) the term thereof?
      46] The Day they see it, (it will be) as if they had not tarried (in this world) except an afternoon or a morning.
      There is a saying of the Prophet Mohammed that says : Him who dies had his end of the world . ie When someone dies his death is the end of the world for him.The most important question is indeed : what did we do in our very short life ? We certainly were not given this magnificent life for no reason other than that of animals.That is that real question.

  • faker

    all of the end of the world stuff is fake the astroid will be burnt up by passing by the sun and by going so slow before you now it is is going to be here in 2067

  • faker

    all of the end of the world stuff is fake the astroid will be burnt up by passing by the sun and by going so slow before you now it is is going to be here in 2067

  • Parachronistic

    By 2060 im dead, and 2036 I wont need that 401K. I just took out the Ouija board and pointed to the “yes” after some family members caught Jack Van Impe making some claims on television. He had some end-of-the-world special this evening and claimed the date is now 2036. It caused four young kids to run to the internet, do some biased research, and then sit in a paniced conservation. They counted their age in 2036 and desperately tried to validate his new claims that we are in end times. That made it time to pull out that family fun board from Parker Brothers and ask the spririts some questions. They will hate me tomorrow when move through the Kubler-Ross syndrome when addressing the cognitive dissonance. For now, they believe……Always remember, there is an alternate motivation for the person stating the end of the world, my rationale is that I taught some kind of a lesson….the real truth is mild amusement……I hope i am forgiven…..

  • Parachronistic

    By 2060 im dead, and 2036 I wont need that 401K. I just took out the Ouija board and pointed to the “yes” after some family members caught Jack Van Impe making some claims on television. He had some end-of-the-world special this evening and claimed the date is now 2036. It caused four young kids to run to the internet, do some biased research, and then sit in a paniced conservation. They counted their age in 2036 and desperately tried to validate his new claims that we are in end times. That made it time to pull out that family fun board from Parker Brothers and ask the spririts some questions. They will hate me tomorrow when move through the Kubler-Ross syndrome when addressing the cognitive dissonance. For now, they believe……Always remember, there is an alternate motivation for the person stating the end of the world, my rationale is that I taught some kind of a lesson….the real truth is mild amusement……I hope i am forgiven…..

  • eric hon

    it is true, that apophis in 2036 will be hit in earth?
    or the positive think is going worse in 2068?
    it is in 2068 end of the world?

  • eric hon

    it is true, that apophis in 2036 will be hit in earth?
    or the positive think is going worse in 2068?
    it is in 2068 end of the world?

  • Dagar

    there is a movie on this concept what is its name (except 2010)

  • Dagar

    there is a movie on this concept what is its name (except 2010)

    • jenny101

      The movie armagddon. lol JUST LIKE THIS!!

  • Purusottam

    A new end of the world date 2068 is a false date.The world or the earth will never end only the living articles will vanish and surface of the earth will be like a round ball and whose top portion will be covered by creature less clear water if seen from space.This will happen at a date in the year 6899 means after 4889 years from today.
    purusottam from mumbai.india

  • Purusottam

    A new end of the world date 2068 is a false date.The world or the earth will never end only the living articles will vanish and surface of the earth will be like a round ball and whose top portion will be covered by creature less clear water if seen from space.This will happen at a date in the year 6899 means after 4889 years from today.
    purusottam from mumbai.india

  • kristoffer

    I am 75 years old in 2068.

  • kristoffer

    I am 75 years old in 2068.

    • Chris

      Me too!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tania-Martha-Williams/703216614 Tania Martha Williams

      id be 82 lol shit thats a good life so i cant complain!

  • lauren

    The only thing that is supposed to die out in the year 2012 are people that have black hair, or brown eyes.
    Hannah wampler

  • lauren

    hanah wampler is a fat ass bitch

  • Justine

    Hannah wampler has creepy eyes, an over sized ass, and looks similar to an ompaloompa

  • Elvar

    just end world we are FUCKED

  • Elvar

    just end world we are FUCKED

  • Elvar

    just end world we are FUCKED

  • Devon

    ill be 73 at that time so idc ill be fuckin bitches all that time

  • Devon

    ill be 73 at that time so idc ill be fuckin bitches all that time

  • George Gomez21

    know one knows tommorrow eccept the almighty God,and he is the only one who can say yes and it will be yes no and it will be no.know one can determine to God and he is the only one who knows the day he will return

  • George Gomez21

    know one knows tommorrow eccept the almighty God,and he is the only one who can say yes and it will be yes no and it will be no.know one can determine to God and he is the only one who knows the day he will return

  • Rgawly

    I don’t understand why people don’t care if this happens. You all say how old you will be when and if it happens but what about family and friends and relatives…don’t you care about them? I would certainly be keeping an eye on this when the date becomes closer. So instead about worrying just about your self-centered selves, have some compassion for your children or grand children because they will be affected by it!

    • ArgaitoII

      you wanna know why no one cares? because what are you gonna do when a 6 million ton giant rock blows up the planet? are you gonna shield your family and friends? no your gonna die no matter what so live every day as if its your last. and keeping an eye on the date whats that gonna do? then you just know when your gonna die and who wants to know that? i know i dont.

  • Rgawly

    I don’t understand why people don’t care if this happens. You all say how old you will be when and if it happens but what about family and friends and relatives…don’t you care about them? I would certainly be keeping an eye on this when the date becomes closer. So instead about worrying just about your self-centered selves, have some compassion for your children or grand children because they will be affected by it!

  • ArgaitoII

    you wanna know why no one cares? because what are you gonna do when a 6 million ton giant rock blows up the planet? are you gonna shield your family and friends? no your gonna die no matter what so live every day as if its your last. and keeping an eye on the date whats that gonna do? then you just know when your gonna die and who wants to know that? i know i dont.

  • Jeff

    why worry, if it happens it happens, what can you do by worrying, and giving yourself an ulcer. Live your life like it will be your last day on earth, cause it very well could be.

  • Jeff

    why worry, if it happens it happens, what can you do by worrying, and giving yourself an ulcer. Live your life like it will be your last day on earth, cause it very well could be.

  • James

    No one knows the end of the world except God. If it happens on 2012, 2036, or 2068, why does it matter. All that matters is that we are prepared for it. We can’t do anything about it so there is no point in worrying.

  • James

    No one knows the end of the world except God. If it happens on 2012, 2036, or 2068, why does it matter. All that matters is that we are prepared for it. We can’t do anything about it so there is no point in worrying.

  • CuriousAboutSpace

    As I read this I couldn’t help but remember one of the relatively recent space movies, the one starring Bruce Willis where he and a bunch of grunts from an oil rig are sent into space to stop a meteorite from hitting the earth.

    Theres the solution!

    Now we just have to make sure it happens if needed!

    LOL!

  • CuriousAboutSpace

    As I read this I couldn’t help but remember one of the relatively recent space movies, the one starring Bruce Willis where he and a bunch of grunts from an oil rig are sent into space to stop a meteorite from hitting the earth.

    Theres the solution!

    Now we just have to make sure it happens if needed!

    LOL!

  • Blah_peks

    dont believe on that just believe on GOD that was the best thing you do if its 2068

  • Blah_peks

    dont believe on that just believe on GOD that was the best thing you do if its 2068

  • Aleena George

    when my parents were small they had a news saying the worlds gonna end and our cousin read this and she just fainted

  • Aleena George

    when my parents were small they had a news saying the worlds gonna end and our cousin read this and she just fainted

  • Alvina George

    i just wish god would come down and pick us up to go 2 heaven early

  • Alvina George

    i just wish god would come down and pick us up to go 2 heaven early

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tania-Martha-Williams/703216614 Tania Martha Williams

      tell me about it huh wish it would end alredy

  • Chris

    Me too!

  • jenny101

    The movie armagddon. lol JUST LIKE THIS!!

  • Christian Jamas Mascarina

    no nows the end of the world but only now GOD .
    only GOD
    so let worship god and pray
    ^^

    • Dave

      God won’t do anything cause he’s not real buddy.
      He’s as real as the Easter bunny

  • Christian Jamas Mascarina

    no nows the end of the world but only now GOD .
    only GOD
    so let worship god and pray
    ^^

  • Christian Jamas Mascarina

    no nows the end of the world but only now GOD .
    only GOD
    so let worship god and pray
    ^^

  • Dave

    God won’t do anything cause he’s not real buddy.
    He’s as real as the Easter bunny

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tania-Martha-Williams/703216614 Tania Martha Williams

    id be 82 lol shit thats a good life so i cant complain!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tania-Martha-Williams/703216614 Tania Martha Williams

    tell me about it huh wish it would end alredy

  • Ashleyb18

    there is no god to the people believing he knows the end of the earth its all down to the universe and what it wants to do with earth.. maybe we’ll get off earth by then, get on some other planet.. you’re all small minded people… 

  • Ashleyb18

    there is no god to the people believing he knows the end of the earth its all down to the universe and what it wants to do with earth.. maybe we’ll get off earth by then, get on some other planet.. you’re all small minded people… 

  • Ashleyb18

    there is no god to the people believing he knows the end of the earth its all down to the universe and what it wants to do with earth.. maybe we’ll get off earth by then, get on some other planet.. you’re all small minded people…