In a big relief for all of the humanity, NASA recently took to Twitter to announce that there is no chance of notorious Asteroid Apophis hitting Earth in the year 2068. Asteroids have slammed into the Earth on multiple occasions in past, and will surely do so in future. But if a big asteroid puts its eyes on our planet, the entire civilization could disappear within a moment.

One such asteroid called the Apophis, which was discovered in 2004, was supposed to fly by dangerously close to Earth in 2029 and again in 2036. However, on further investigation NASA had announced that the chance of any such collisions is slim to none. According to NASA, the 1,1100-foot (340-meter) could only come as close as 32,000 kilometers to Earth on April 13, 2029. The NASA’s Near-Earth Object observations said that the risk of the 2029 impact can be ruled out. The asteroid was quite a notorious one as it later posed the threat to come uncomfortably close to Earth.

However, later it was announced that the asteroid still can come dangerously close to the planet in 2068 and even collide. However, in a positive breakthrough, the possibility of any such event was eliminated. According to NASA’S Centre for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) member Davide Farnocchia, “A 2068 impact is not in the realm of possibility anymore, and our calculations don’t show any impact risk for at least the next 100 years.” The CENOS is managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) in the US’s Southern California.

With this incident, now Apophis has been thrown out of the NASA’s “risk list” which features asteroids and meteors that can be on their course to collide with the planet. According to reports, the NASA scientists used radar observations to refine the asteroid’s orbit around the sun when it was passing within 17 million kilometres from Earth. With the near-miss, scientists were confidently able to rule out any collision risk in 2068.

“With the support of recent optical observations and additional radar observations, the uncertainty in Apophis’ orbit has collapsed from hundreds of kilometres to just a handful of kilometres when projected to 2029. This greatly improved knowledge of its position in 2029 provides more certainty of its future motion, so we can now remove Apophis from the risk list.”

The scientists were able to arrive at the conclusion of Apophis’ collision impossibility when they turned the powerful 70-meter radio antenna that’s situated in California’s Deep Space Network’s Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex to track Apophis’ trajectory.

Marina Brozovic, a scientist working at the Jet Propulsion Lab and leading the radar campaign was quoted saying, “Although Apophis made a recent close approach with Earth, it was still nearly 17 million kilometers away. Even so, we were able to acquire incredibly precise information about its distance to an accuracy of about 150 metres.”

After NASA confirmed the news on Twitter, astronomy geeks, science enthusiasts, and masses all came together to share their view on the relieving news. While, some shared the news and shared how jubilant they are, some made memes sharing how they were disappointed. Check these twitter reactions out: