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Huge asteroid headed for close encounter with Earth (Asteroid 2005 YU 55)
Yahoo ^ | 11/4/11 | Irene Klotz - Reuters

Posted on 11/04/2011 12:09:23 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (Reuters) - A huge asteroid will pass closer to Earth than the moon on Tuesday, giving scientists a rare chance for study without having to go through the time and expense of launching a probe, officials said.

Earth's close encounter with Asteroid 2005 YU 55 will occur at 6:28 p.m. EST on Tuesday, as the space rock sails about 201,000 miles from the planet.

"It is the first time since 1976 that an object of this size has passed this closely to the Earth. It gives us a great -- and rare -- chance to study a near-Earth object like this," astronomer Scott Fisher, a program director with the National Science Foundation, ..

The orbit and position of the asteroid, which is about 1,312 feet in diameter, is well known, added senior research scientist Don Yeomans, with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

"There is no chance that this object will collide with the Earth or moon," Yeomans said.

Thousands of amateur and professional astronomers are expected to track YU 55's approach, which will be visible from the planet's northern hemisphere. It will be too dim to be seen with the naked eye, however, and it will be moving too fast for viewing by the Hubble Space Telescope.

"The best time to observe it would be in the early evening on November 8 from the East Coast of the United States," Yeomans said. ...

Scientists suspect YU 55 has been visiting Earth for thousands of years, but because gravitational tugs from the planets occasionally tweak its path, they cannot tell for sure how long the asteroid has been in its present orbit.

"These sorts of events have been happening for most of the lifetime of the Earth, about 4.5 billion years," Fisher said.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Chit/Chat; Science
KEYWORDS: 2005yu55; asteroid; catastrophism; earth; encounter
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1 posted on 11/04/2011 12:09:24 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Cain’s fault...


2 posted on 11/04/2011 12:16:06 PM PDT by Doctor 2Brains (If the government were Paris Hilton, it could not score a free drink in a bar full of lonely sailors)
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To: NormsRevenge

For Gawds Sakes! Somebody do something!!!!


3 posted on 11/04/2011 12:20:42 PM PDT by Tenacious 1 (Liberals vote like clowns walking thru a mindfield, oblivious to the consequences.)
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To: NormsRevenge
"I got a rock."


4 posted on 11/04/2011 12:21:20 PM PDT by alancarp (Liberals are all for shared pain... until they're included in the pain group.)
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To: NormsRevenge

"Why am I the only guy you call on when these things are aiming at Earth?"

5 posted on 11/04/2011 12:25:15 PM PDT by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: NormsRevenge
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6 posted on 11/04/2011 12:29:06 PM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: cripplecreek
Too bad it misses the moon. That would be a spectacular sight!
7 posted on 11/04/2011 12:30:44 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: cripplecreek

Too bad that the moon wasn’t in line for a direct hit. I wonder if we could see that if it did happen?


8 posted on 11/04/2011 12:31:04 PM PDT by halo66
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To: BenLurkin

If it happened in the right place we’d get a hell of a meteor shower if it didn’t kick up any really big chunks.


9 posted on 11/04/2011 12:33:40 PM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: NormsRevenge

The asteroid is heading to Earth and will wipe out all life. It can only be stopped by a nuke delivered by NASA.

Ron Paul has announced his opposition because military actions are not covered in NASA’s charter and would be unconstitutional.

/s


10 posted on 11/04/2011 12:34:39 PM PDT by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the constitution"-Obama official)
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To: icwhatudo
Ron Paul has announced his opposition because military actions are not covered in NASA’s charter and would be unconstitutional.

It's actually not an asteriod....it's the mother ship coming to take Ron Paul back home.

11 posted on 11/04/2011 12:37:11 PM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: icwhatudo

No preemptive strikes on asteroids!!!!


12 posted on 11/04/2011 12:37:15 PM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: NormsRevenge

YU who?


13 posted on 11/04/2011 12:37:43 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Allegra

asteriod = asteroid

Blaming the smart-phone again. :-D


14 posted on 11/04/2011 12:38:11 PM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: cripplecreek

I am no astronomer, but I find that graphic interesting in that I see no deviation due to gravity. Seems like the earth should pull it a little closer to earth.


15 posted on 11/04/2011 12:38:46 PM PDT by MPJackal ("From my cold dead hands.")
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To: NormsRevenge

Asteroids are a far more credible extinction-level threat than global warming. But doing the work needed to detect and divert large earth-bound asteroids doesn’t provide opportunities for the Left to take even more control of the economy and how people live their lives, so the issue doesn’t get nearly the attention or funding it deserves.


16 posted on 11/04/2011 12:39:37 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: icwhatudo
and Schumer gets in front of camera after camera, whining that Republicans denied for the bill to authorize the action.

riders to the bill included DREAM Act, free diapers, mandatory unionization of students and a tax on good clean fun

17 posted on 11/04/2011 12:40:22 PM PDT by NativeSon
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To: MPJackal

That’s because its a very simple graphic and any deviation caused by its close flyby is probably too small to be noticable on that small of a scale.


18 posted on 11/04/2011 12:40:34 PM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: halo66

If it isnt on the side we cant see, it would be an awesome sight. Bright flash, tons of lunar soil that would go flying out into space.

Depending on how big this asteroid is, it might create a dust tail flowing out from the moon that would be easily visible, or some might get pulled into our atmosphere for a spectacular meteorite show.


19 posted on 11/04/2011 12:42:20 PM PDT by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: NormsRevenge
YU 55. Not to be confused with the Yugo 55.


20 posted on 11/04/2011 12:43:38 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: NormsRevenge

Is this the asteroid the Japanese are going to blast? I thought I read that somewhere.


21 posted on 11/04/2011 12:44:53 PM PDT by stars & stripes forever ( Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.)
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To: cripplecreek

I just wish we were at the level where we could have nudged it into a stable Earth orbit as a 2nd moon/mining colony.


22 posted on 11/04/2011 12:46:36 PM PDT by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: VanDeKoik

From the Time Machine movie broken moon.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCZgtQu6VLs


23 posted on 11/04/2011 12:50:05 PM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: NormsRevenge

And no one knows how all these asteroids were made. It’s a rock. Did it spontaneously coalesce? Unlikely. Has to be from a bigger body.


24 posted on 11/04/2011 12:54:49 PM PDT by Christian Engineer Mass (25ish Cambridge MA grad student. Many conservative Christians my age out there? __ Click my name)
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To: NormsRevenge
Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.
Winston Churchill - The Story of the Malakand Field Force: An Episode of Frontier War (1898), Chapter X
25 posted on 11/04/2011 12:56:15 PM PDT by Cheburashka (If life hands you lemons, government regulations will prevent you from making lemonade.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Maybe it’ll bring back the dinosaurs!


26 posted on 11/04/2011 12:56:37 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: VanDeKoik

“mining colony”

It’s 1000 feet wide. One guy and a pick?


27 posted on 11/04/2011 1:01:07 PM PDT by Christian Engineer Mass (25ish Cambridge MA grad student. Many conservative Christians my age out there? __ Click my name)
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To: MPJackal

It does. The curvature of the trajectory at that scale should be imperceptible.


28 posted on 11/04/2011 1:06:22 PM PDT by NYCslicker
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To: NormsRevenge

Get ready for the .... zombies.


29 posted on 11/04/2011 1:12:35 PM PDT by tumblindice (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: Christian Engineer Mass

Oops!

I totally thought it said 1000 miles.


30 posted on 11/04/2011 1:17:59 PM PDT by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: Allegra
Close encounter? It's the Borg Mother ship!

Picard to the rescue!


31 posted on 11/04/2011 1:22:34 PM PDT by Young Werther
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To: NormsRevenge

We are all going to die! In less than 125 years, every man, woman and child now living on Earth will be dead!!!

It’s Bush’s fault. Women and minorities will be hardest hit.


32 posted on 11/04/2011 1:28:47 PM PDT by kennedy (No relation to those other Kennedys.)
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To: NormsRevenge
"There is no chance that this object will collide with the Earth or moon," Yeomans said.

Yeah...just wait until it starts decelerating!

33 posted on 11/04/2011 1:41:10 PM PDT by 6ppc (It's torch and pitchfork time)
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To: VanDeKoik

Remember that Government often awards contacts based on the low bid... What could possibly go wrong :^)


34 posted on 11/04/2011 1:47:06 PM PDT by desertfreedom765
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To: Christian Engineer Mass

The denizens of the fifth rock from the sun pissed the Martians off. They kept landing junk on the Martians planet...


35 posted on 11/04/2011 1:53:09 PM PDT by magslinger (To properly protect your family you need a Bible, a twelve gauge and a pig.)
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To: AnotherUnixGeek
Asteroids are a far more credible extinction-level threat than global warming...

I guess you didn't get the memo; the latest computer models prove that asteroid impacts are caused by global warming.

36 posted on 11/04/2011 1:57:18 PM PDT by sima_yi ( Reporting live from the People's Republic of Boulder)
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To: Christian Engineer Mass
"... Has to be from a bigger body...."


37 posted on 11/04/2011 2:01:34 PM PDT by NCC-1701 (In Memphis on January 20, 2009, pump price were $1.49. We all know what happened after that.)
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To: NormsRevenge

If NASA held a news conference on Saturday afternoon and announced that this asteriod was going to slam into the New York metropolitan area on Tuesday morning, on Saturday night CBS News would have as the lead story, “Herman Cain Facing Sexual Harassment Charges.”


38 posted on 11/04/2011 2:06:26 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (The "Occupy Wall Street" losers should try occupying their local employment office. GET A JOB!)
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To: Tenacious 1

“For Gawds Sakes! Somebody do something!!!!”

If it hits, hopefully it hits Pelosi’s district or georgetown.


39 posted on 11/04/2011 2:46:45 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (To fix government, we need a rocket scientist. Oh, wait we have one!)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Is Farrakan preping?


40 posted on 11/04/2011 3:09:09 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: kennedy

“We are all going to die! In less than 125 years, every man, woman and child now living on Earth will be dead!!!”

Correct on two counts, now about this asteroid…… :)

Regards.


41 posted on 11/04/2011 3:31:47 PM PDT by moose07 (Warped humour alert!)
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To: NormsRevenge

bump to remind myself to go out and try to take pictures.


42 posted on 11/04/2011 3:53:46 PM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: MPJackal

Momentary (relatively) gravity versus the speed of it is near-absolutely inconsequential.


43 posted on 11/04/2011 6:07:16 PM PDT by Ron C.
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To: NormsRevenge

...Is this the one ???
44 posted on 11/04/2011 6:14:59 PM PDT by gargoyle (...it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them...)
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To: Ron C.

Now I know. Thanks.


45 posted on 11/04/2011 6:16:39 PM PDT by MPJackal ("From my cold dead hands.")
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To: 6ppc; All

46 posted on 11/04/2011 6:19:01 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

Still doesn’t look like an Idaho spud to me?


47 posted on 11/04/2011 6:22:59 PM PDT by txhurl (Did you want to talk or fish? Or feed the fish?)
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To: txhurl
I'm disappointed that we aren't getting new and clearer radar pictures of it. Something tells me that once it passes we won't see any optical photos of it at close range either.

Things that make you say hmmmm.

48 posted on 11/04/2011 6:27:38 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: magslinger

Right. Or gravity did it.

That would have made a great video.


49 posted on 11/04/2011 6:34:51 PM PDT by Christian Engineer Mass (25ish Cambridge MA grad student. Many conservative Christians my age out there? __ Click my name)
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To: BenLurkin

Over at WU:

Asteroid 2005 YU55 To Narrowly Miss Earth (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/04/asteroid-2005-yu55-earth-2011_n_1076838.html

An asteroid a quarter-mile-wide will, astronomically speaking, narrowly miss Earth next week.

And while it is the closest an asteroid this size has come to the home planet since 1976, there’s no need to call Bruce Willis ... yet.

“There is no chance that this object will collide with the Earth or moon,” Don Yeomans, the manager of NASA’s Near Earth Object Program office, told Reuters.

But that doesn’t mean the asteroid — named 2005 YU55 — won’t be a threat to earth in the future.

Lance Benner, a research scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said in a video from NASA (available below) that scientists haven’t been able to reliably compute the asteroid’s path beyond a couple of hundred years from now.

At its closest point, the space rock will be about 201,700 miles (324,600 kilometers) away, which is 0.85 the distance between the moon and the Earth. NASA says that the asteroid will reach this point at 6:28 p.m. EST on Tuesday.

“In effect, it’ll be moving straight at us from one direction, and then go whizzing by straight away from us in the other direction,” Benner said.

An asteroid this size — which, according to Scientific American is larger than an aircraft carrier — would cause widespread damage if it were to hit Earth, however. The Associated Press spoke to Jay Melosh, a professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Purdue University, who said that the asteroid would create a four-mile wide crater 1,700 feet deep. It could cause 70-foot tsunami waves and shake the ground like a magnitude-7 earthquake.

Even though the asteroid will be inside the orbit of the moon, NASA said that the space rock’s gravitational pull shouldn’t have any “detectable effect” on Earth’s tectonic plates or tides.

Yeomans told HuffPost that the flyby will give astronomers a great view of 2005 YU55 and is an opportunity to do research into the asteroid’s composition. He said that it’s a C-Type asteroid, which means it contains carbon-based minerals which could potentially be used in future space exploration.

“These objects are important for science ... they’re potential resources for raw materials in space that we may wish to take advantage of some day,” he said.

The New York Times reported last month on proposed fuel stations in space that one study says could put astronauts on an asteroid by 2024.


50 posted on 11/04/2011 6:44:50 PM PDT by txhurl (Did you want to talk or fish? Or feed the fish?)
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