Apophis

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From Ancient Greek Ἄποφις (Ápophis), a borrowing from Egyptian ꜥꜣpp altered after ὄφις (óphis, snake).

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The pronunciation with stress on the second syllable is probably more common, but the version with initial stress is based on the Latin pronunciation and may be older.

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Apophis astronomical/astrological symbol

Apophis

  1. (Egyptian mythology) An evil snake-god who tries to devour the sun every night.
    Synonym: Apep
  2. (astronomy) An asteroid that formerly had a high risk of collision with Earth.
    • 2021 May 10, Kenneth Chang, “Bye-Bye, Bennu: NASA Heads Back to Earth With Asteroid Stash in Tow”, in The New York Times[1], ISSN 0362-4331:
      The spacecraft’s navigators have worked out a trajectory that would take it to the asteroid Apophis in April 2029, just after that object, a bit smaller than Bennu, zips within an uncomfortably close but still safe 20,000 miles from Earth.

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