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Asteroid on way, not too close for comfort
Hawkesbury Gazette ^ | January 30, 2013 | Nicky Phillips

Posted on 01/30/2013 10:21:30 AM PST by BenLurkin

An asteroid about half the size of a football field will hurtle past Earth on February 15, NASA scientists report.

While there is no chance the flying rock will collide with our planet, it will break the record for the closest fly-by of an asteroid its size.

"Since regular sky surveys began in the 1990s we've never seen an object this big get so close to Earth," said Don Yeomans, a planetary scientist with NASA's Near Earth Object Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The 50-metre wide asteroid, known as 2012 DA14, will come within 28,000 kilometres of Earth's surface, closer than the belt of geosynchronous satellites that record weather data and telecommunications.

(Excerpt) Read more at hawkesburygazette.com.au ...


TOPICS: Science
KEYWORDS: 2012da14; asteroid; catastrophism; closeshave

1 posted on 01/30/2013 10:21:33 AM PST by BenLurkin
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2 posted on 01/30/2013 10:23:26 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: SunkenCiv
It's Always Something (IAS)
3 posted on 01/30/2013 10:24:28 AM PST by blam
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To: BenLurkin

Prepper Ping!


4 posted on 01/30/2013 10:26:05 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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Looks too close for comfort to me!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7YTmS6U8WM


5 posted on 01/30/2013 10:27:58 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: blam

SMODAL= Sweet Meteor Of Death At Last! .....And it`s going to miss us?? :(


6 posted on 01/30/2013 10:29:58 AM PST by NCDave (AKA, "That idiot over there")
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To: BenLurkin

What’s the over/under on the number of satellites this thing will take out?


7 posted on 01/30/2013 10:30:11 AM PST by pgkdan ( "Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not." ~Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Puppage
The only prepping you can do for an asteroid strike is to get right with Jesus. I've got those preps covered. ;)

/johnny

8 posted on 01/30/2013 10:31:53 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: BenLurkin

9 posted on 01/30/2013 10:32:07 AM PST by COBOL2Java (Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
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To: JRandomFreeper
The only prepping you can do for an asteroid strike is to get right with Jesus. I've got those preps covered. ;)

Amen, Johnny!

10 posted on 01/30/2013 10:33:24 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: BenLurkin

I hope it breaks up and hits the capital of every country surrounding Israel.


11 posted on 01/30/2013 10:35:36 AM PST by ZX12R
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To: All
I propose a more proactive approach.


12 posted on 01/30/2013 10:35:39 AM PST by mmichaels1970
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To: BenLurkin
"[But it] will definitely not hit Earth," said Dr Yeoman.

That's what they want you to believe!


13 posted on 01/30/2013 10:37:15 AM PST by COBOL2Java (Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
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To: pgkdan

0. Nada. The goose egg. It’s not even passing through an area populated by many satellites. Also, space is really, really BIG so satellites are widely separated.


14 posted on 01/30/2013 10:41:20 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (What word begins with "O" and ends in economic collapse?)
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To: BenLurkin

“A similar-sized asteroid that collided with Earth about 50,000 years ago created the 1.6-kilometre wide Meteor Crater in Arizona.”

Short video. It was about equivalent to a 20 megaton blast.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoGvlYCkD6Q


15 posted on 01/30/2013 10:45:25 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Depends on how big the asteroid is. This one would “only” devatate an area 50 miles across. Folks 100 miles away might want to have a 3 month supply of food and water on hand.


16 posted on 01/30/2013 10:45:25 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin
Folks 100 miles away might want to have a 3 month supply of food and water on hand.

And learn sign language. I expect the ka-boom would be pretty loud. ;)

/johnny

17 posted on 01/30/2013 10:48:43 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: BenLurkin
"Depends on how big the asteroid is. This one would “only” devatate an area 50 miles across. Folks 100 miles away might want to have a 3 month supply of food and water on hand."

(ahem) Bring your gold and I'll trade you some food for it.

18 posted on 01/30/2013 10:49:29 AM PST by blam
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To: BenLurkin; stylecouncilor; windcliff

19 posted on 01/30/2013 11:23:06 AM PST by onedoug
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To: BenLurkin
We need to get busy mining this asteroid. It is just a matter of time untill it smashes us.

JPL Small-Body Database.

20 posted on 01/30/2013 11:34:06 AM PST by PeaceBeWithYou (De Oppresso Liber! (50 million and counting in Afghanistan and Iraq))
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To: BenLurkin

21 posted on 01/30/2013 1:46:42 PM PST by Yo-Yo
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To: blam; 75thOVI; agrace; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aragorn; aristotleman; ...

Thanks blam! And everyone else, that was just an FR nick', not the sound this asteroid will make.


22 posted on 01/30/2013 6:44:15 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: ALASKA; ActionNewsBill; A knight without armor; albertp; aragorn; areafiftyone; aruanan; ...

Of possible interest to the unidentified aerial phenomena ping list..


23 posted on 02/08/2013 2:21:13 AM PST by Las Vegas Dave
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To: ALASKA; ActionNewsBill; A knight without armor; albertp; aragorn; areafiftyone; aruanan; ...

Of possible interest to the unidentified aerial phenomena ping list..


24 posted on 02/08/2013 2:21:51 AM PST by Las Vegas Dave
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