Apophis will hit earth?

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Hi everybody,

Recently, i have read several articles about Apophis, an asteroid which may hit the earth in about 36 years. Some articles take it quite serious saying that Nasa begins to prepare a plan to deal with this asteroid. Is it really serious or just some kind of rumour ?.
I am a newbie to this field and hope experts in this forum will explain it to me.

Thanks
 

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