The Bible speaks of two meteors hitting the earth; one in the sea and one on land. Revelation 8:8 - 11 depicts, "The second Angel trumpeted. Something like a huge mountain blazing with fire was flung into the sea. A third of the sea turned to blood, a third of the living sea creatures died, and a third of the ships sank. The third Angel trumpeted. A huge Star, blazing like a torch, fell from Heaven, wiping out a third of the rivers and a third of the springs. The Star's name was Wormwood. A third of the water turned bitter, and many people died from the poisoned water." Is this how our planet will meet her demise like it is depicted in the Bible with a blazing asteroid falling from the heavens Thus, there have been many predictions from all over the world and through the ages and some believe it will be a theatrical event and they call it end of the world.
There have been many end of the world predictions over the centuries. From the Mayas to Nostradamus and from mythology to science. For example, the year 2000 was supposed to be the end of days because in numerology, if you divide 2000 by three, you will get the devil's number 666.666. Biblically, May 21, 2011 is the equivalent date to the date when God shut the door on Noah's ark. Another example is the ancient Mayans and the grand cycle of evolution will culminate on the winter solstice of December 21, 2012. And this will end the 5,125 year Great Cycle of the Ancient Maya Long Count Calendar. In addition, the famous prophesier Michel de Nostradamus or more formally known as Nostradamus also depicts 2012 as the end. Nostradamus's most famous prophecies are the predictions of Napoleon, Hitler and 9/11. Thus, the one that seems the most statistically probable is 2036 because the asteroid Apophis will supposedly collide with the Earth.
Apophis was discovered in 2004, by astronomers and is named after the Egyptian god of "uncreation". The size of Apophis is a 300-metre-diameter chunk of rock. At first there was a 2.7 percent chance that Apophis would hit the Earth. However, NASA recalculated the luckily hood of a collision as of now the prediction is 1 in 250,000 chance of a collision. Nevertheless, Russia does not believe in NASA stats and is persisting that our lives are in danger and that Apophis will be closer to Earth than the TV satellites. In turn, this might make 2036, the year when we all perish in cataclysmic event.In the event of this cataclysmic event, the rock would hit with energy equivalent to a 500 megaton nuke barrage. Or if more than half of all the nuclear weapons in the US arsenal went off. To put this into perspective the size of Seoul is 233 square miles and one megaton nuclear bomb creates a firestorm that can cover 100 square miles. A 20 megaton blast covers 2500 square miles. Thus, the destructive power from a 500 megaton nuke is enormous.
The threat of an asteroid crashing into Earth has captivated the imaginations of many movie audiences. For example, remember in the movie Armageddon, NASA discovered that there is an asteroid roughly the size of Texas heading towards the Earth, and when it does hit the Earth, the planet itself and all of its inhabitants will be obliterated. The military decides to fire a nuclear warhead to blow up the asteroid. It turns out that Russia has seen this movie a few too, many times and is working to develop a very realistic plan to counter such a threat. They will design defensive measures against Apophis or future asteroids.
One of Russia's defensive strategies is to deflect the asteroid by using nuclear weapons. Another strategy is to use a spacecraft to deflect the asteroid out of the Earth's orbit. Anatoly Perminov who is a Russian rocket scientist and a mechanical engineer insists that we should develop a multimillion system to prevent Apophis from colliding with the Earth. Apophis just that word will strike fear into the hearts of men and women.
Apophis will be visible with the naked eye in 2029 as a point of intense torch burning across the sky. Yet in 2029, Apophis probably will not collide with the Earth. The most spine-chilling outcome is, if Earth’s gravity affects the path of Apophis, it will swing back around and 2036 will be the end of the world.