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The asteroid Apophis, named after the Egyptian god of destruction, has just crossed within 9.3 million miles of the Earth's path. The 1,000-foot-wide asteroid has made the first in a series of close approaches to the Earth predicted since it was first discovered in 2009.
Scientists ruled out any possibility of a devastating collision this time -- but there remains a small chance the asteroid will smash into Earth in 2036. In 2029, Apophis is expected to come uncomfortably close, brushing past the Earth at a distance of just 18,000 miles. That will put the asteroid inside the orbit of communication satellites.