Skip to comments.Small Asteroid Passes Between Satellites and Earth
Posted on 12/23/2004 7:36:30 AM PST by SunkenCiv
The object, named 2004 YD5, was about 16 feet (5 meters) wide, though that's a rough estimate based on its distance and assumed reflectivity. Had it entered the atmosphere, it would have exploded high up, experts figure. The asteroid passed just under the orbits of geostationary satellites, which at 22,300 miles (36,000 kilometers) altitude are the highest manmade objects circling Earth. Most other satellites, along with the International Space Station, circle the planet at just a few hundred miles up... the second closest pass of an asteroid ever observed by telescope, according to the Asteroid/Comet Connection, a web site that monitors space rock discoveries. The closest involved a rock that flew by last March and was not announced until August.
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It has here - http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1307230/posts . You're an hour and four minutes too late!
Probably has something to do with this:
"TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events"
Foreign affairs? Culture/Society? How about, Astronomy, or Science, or even UFOs?
Thanks regardless. Still, my topic's better, nyah nyah.
The rock approached Earth from near the Sun and so would have been nearly impossible to detect prior to close passage. It soared over Antarctica... Astronomers are aware of this significant blind spot for asteroids that approach Earth while in the glare of the Sun. Only a space telescope could detect such objects before they arrive.emphasis added:
Quick, call the Starship Troopers! ;')
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