Skip to comments.Nasa video shows just how close asteroid will come to hitting Earth
Posted on 02/09/2013 9:15:04 AM PST by BenLurkin
U.S. space agency Nasa has released a frightening new video showing just how close a massive asteroid will come to slamming into the Earth next week.
There are just seven days left until the 150ft-wide, 130,000 ton asteroid buzzes past our planet so close its trajectory will take it inside the orbit of communications and weather satellites.
It will be the nearest known flyby for an object of this size. But scientists promise the threatening space rock come no nearer than 17,100 miles from Earth when it zips past next Friday.
'No Earth impact is possible,' said Donald Yeomans, manager of NASA's Near-Earth Object program at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
However, he added, its journey through space will bring it so close to our planet that stargazers from Eastern Europe to Australia will be able to see it with just a pair of binoculars.
(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...
***its trajectory will take it inside the orbit of communications and weather satellites***
Could this cause an EMP problem? Or mess up satellite communications or throw them off orbit?
Got my niece a lower-end but decent model telescope for Christmas. We had one when we were kids, some of my best memories involve being outside in chilly, clear weather, scanning the sky, looking at moon craters and roasting marshmallows. We lived out past the glow of the streetlights, but even that was muted compared to today. Those old bluish mercury vapor lights just didn’t interfere as much. Maybe blue spectrum actually is better than red for night lighting, who’d a thunk, lol.
Didn't you watch the Superbowl halftime show? We now possess WADs (Weapons of Asteroid Destruction). Codenamed "Beyonce". We can fire a SUPERSTAR at those pesky asteroids...
PS: 'que sera sera' You sing better than her.
Sooooo what are the odds it hit Washington D.C. or the White Hut?
Yep. Sometimes assteroids go away by themselves.
Yeah, and the Titanic couldn't sink either. I worry when scientists make absolute statements such as this.
Sooo "Hot Fudge Sundae" will be next Friday instead of the expected Tuesday...
(Ten geek points for anyone who gets the obscure literary reference.)
See #12, above. The first time I’ve seen the answer posted before the question.
It’s an entirely accurate representation from the POV of the asteroid, or rather a point very near it, which artificially positions itself to keep the object in front of the earth. The stars are accurately depicted, but are hard to identify. I dld’d the “Eyes on the Solar Sytem” NASA app, and it let’s you run this view as well as many others, with various controls available. This includes the ability to turn on constellation labels. At the end, Tucana, Phoenix, and Grus are in view!
It’s not big enough for that.
I’m gonna have to reread that novel to see how big
Niven made it
A little dated but keeps me reading till I fall asleep
with the book in my hand
My wife read this, and it "affected her mind" as one says - i.e. it seemed real to her. I didn't read it, but I recall the jacket blurb, "The odds were one in a million, then they were one in a thousand, and then ..."
So from this, the authors accurately depicted NASA's procedure as we see it in action here, except the improved calculations in this fictional scenario went the wrong way.
Thanks for that link. Good stuff!
For the people on the space station this may
be a bit of worry.
Gonna be interesting to see how this near miss
ends.Hope nothing but some good pics.
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