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Small (3 Meter) Asteroid to Give Earth a Close Shave (1044pm ET. missing Earth by 24,000 miles)
Space.com ^ | 11/16/10 | Tariq Malik

Posted on 11/16/2010 6:21:12 PM PST by NormsRevenge

A tiny asteroid will zip close by Earth tonight (Nov. 16) at a range much closer than the moon, but poses no threat of striking our planet or even entering the atmosphere, NASA has announced.

The asteroid 2010 WA will pass Earth at 10:44 p.m. EST (0344 GMT), missing the planet by about 24,000 miles (38,000 kilometers), NASA's asteroid-watching team wrote on Twitter. It is nearly 10 feet (3 meters wide), so small it would simply break apart if it encountered Earth's atmosphere.

NASA officials said the asteroid is a "very small space rock" that will pass the Earth at roughly one-tenth the distance between our planet and the moon, according to NASA's AsteroidWatch Twitter feed. [5 Reasons to Care About Asteroids]

On average, the moon is about roughly 238,900 miles (384,402 km) from Earth. Some of the highest satellites above Earth fly in geostationary positions about 22,370 miles (36,000 km) up. The International Space Station sails through space about 220 miles (354 km) above Earth.

(Excerpt) Read more at space.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2010wa; asteroid; catastrophism; closeshave; earth
missing Earth by 24K miles, give or take 25K miles 8-]
1 posted on 11/16/2010 6:21:14 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Given the size, not even news worthy.

A bit close for comfort though. Now, if it were 30km, rather than 3m, we should be crapping ourselves.


2 posted on 11/16/2010 6:27:50 PM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: NormsRevenge

You can only have so many close shaves...


3 posted on 11/16/2010 6:28:13 PM PST by Mr. K (physically unable to see typos until I click 'post')
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To: NormsRevenge
I don't remember this kind of thing happening while President Bush was in office.

He protected us from asteroids.

4 posted on 11/16/2010 6:29:18 PM PST by Doe Eyes
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To: NormsRevenge

If they’re wrong and it enters our atmosphere and breaks up, anyone for trap shooting? :)


5 posted on 11/16/2010 6:29:27 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: NormsRevenge

In this case, an inch is as good as 25k miles.


6 posted on 11/16/2010 6:30:50 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: NormsRevenge

How long until we have endless threads claiming it’s a Chinese missile?

Seriously, will this thing be visible and if so from what direction here in North America?


7 posted on 11/16/2010 6:31:51 PM PST by volunbeer
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To: NormsRevenge

Would have been nice if the article had pointed out what part of the sky this asteroid would pass thru tonight.


8 posted on 11/16/2010 6:33:51 PM PST by VRWCmember (Jesus called us to be Salt and Light, not Vinegar and Water.)
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To: volunbeer

Up ,bonehead


9 posted on 11/16/2010 6:33:55 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom REMEMBER FREE REPUBLIC IN YOUR WILL. I DID)
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To: volunbeer

If it is flying that close to the earth, the TSA needs to grope it first.


10 posted on 11/16/2010 6:35:59 PM PST by taxcutisapayraise (Making Statism Unpopular)
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To: VRWCmember; al baby

>>Would have been nice if the article had pointed out what part of the sky this asteroid would pass thru tonight.<<

The upper part... :)


11 posted on 11/16/2010 6:36:05 PM PST by freedumb2003 (In case you don't know, everything I post is IMHO -- YOU JACKWAGON!)
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To: volunbeer

you’d need a quick eye and a good scope.. we had one that was about 28K miles away last month. Space.com lonks to that one in October, has a pic, just a dot of light..

this one would likely burn up in the atmosphere due to its size were it to come to close.


12 posted on 11/16/2010 6:36:24 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: UCANSEE2

Read any of the comments after that article?


13 posted on 11/16/2010 6:37:47 PM PST by bicyclerepair (CD-20, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida)
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To: KoRn

I have read, more times than I can count, that the size of your average shooting star, is SMALLER THAN A GRAIN OF SAND!!! That makes this thing a monster. Don’t know if that equates to serious damage or not, but it’s still big.


14 posted on 11/16/2010 6:38:17 PM PST 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; a fool in paradise

If gravity were a fact like these so-called scientists claim, it would pull the thing down to Earth, wouldn’t it?! But when it becomes convenient, gravity is suddenly forgotten!


15 posted on 11/16/2010 6:38:17 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: NormsRevenge
It is nearly 10 feet (3 meters wide), so small it would simply break apart if it encountered Earth's atmosphere.

How many this size will hit the atmosphere tonight and become "falling stars" (meteors)?

16 posted on 11/16/2010 6:39:18 PM PST by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/28/08 and why?)
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in October

http://www.space.com/spacewatch/asteroid-td54-passes-near-earth-101012.html

There are an estimated 30 million unknown asteroids in our solar system, NASA has said.


17 posted on 11/16/2010 6:39:54 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: Revolting cat!

“If gravity were a fact like these so-called scientists claim, it would pull the thing down to Earth, wouldn’t it?!”

Only if it were going less than 17,500 mph relative to the earth.


18 posted on 11/16/2010 6:46:17 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: SunkenCiv
Almost a catastrophism ping. I am sure the Earth is still spinning or hydroplaning on it's axis after hitting it's brakes to avoid that one.
19 posted on 11/16/2010 6:48:17 PM PST by Captain Beyond (The Hammer of the gods! (Just a cool line from a Led Zep song))
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To: driftdiver

Ay that distance the gravity of the earth will probably alter its course a bit.


20 posted on 11/16/2010 6:50:32 PM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: NormsRevenge

How does ‘gas’ in a vaccuum condense down to form the solid rocks we call asteroids. It has always puzzled me. Surely they must be chips off a bigger block? If yes, what knocked the chips off that big block?


21 posted on 11/16/2010 6:52:31 PM PST by I am Richard Brandon
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To: I am Richard Brandon

“If yes, what knocked the chips off that big block?”

Aliens playing asteroids.


22 posted on 11/16/2010 6:56:01 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Doctor 2Brains

At 3m, there wouldn’t be much left of it by the time it burned its way through the atmosphere. I still wouldn’t want it hitting my car though. lol


23 posted on 11/16/2010 6:56:05 PM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: cripplecreek

I’m sure someone here has the math to explain how much it would effect its course. I sure don’t.


24 posted on 11/16/2010 7:06:29 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: KoRn

That sucker would bounce right off my 85 Eldorado Biarritz!


25 posted on 11/16/2010 7:12:25 PM PST 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: Captain Beyond; 75thOVI; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aragorn; aristotleman; ...
Still counts. ;') :") Thanks Captain Beyond.
 
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26 posted on 11/16/2010 7:13:15 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/
Nasa
Near Earth Object program


27 posted on 11/16/2010 7:13:22 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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Coming Attractions page

http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/ca/

More info , click on the 2010 WA link, lots of info on orbital diagram , etc..


28 posted on 11/16/2010 7:18:36 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: I am Richard Brandon

How does ‘gas’ in a vaccuum condense down to form the solid rocks we call asteroids. It has always puzzled me. Surely they must be chips off a bigger block? If yes, what knocked the chips off that big block?

— beats the heck out of me.. galactic collisions gaseous clouds dark matter and energy,, I would think the pressures would be pretty intense, no telling what poor little atoms are gonna do or become..


29 posted on 11/16/2010 7:22:05 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: driftdiver
Only if it were going less than 17,500 mph relative to the earth.

Trying to explain orbital mechanics to the Luddites is like casting pearls before swine.

30 posted on 11/16/2010 7:25:52 PM PST by night reader (NRA Life Member since 1962)
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To: night reader

“orbital mechanics “

Is that like a chevy?


31 posted on 11/16/2010 7:30:48 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

I was reading about the effects of gravity of an earth mass body vs distance a few days ago and I couldn’t begin to calculate it.

Watching the telemetry for the apollo 11 mission was pretty interesting. Until I sat and watched the replay of the whole thing online last year I didn’t realize that the speed of the craft fell off so much before it started falling toward the moon. The speed fell off to fighter jet speeds before the craft began falling and accelerating toward the moon.


32 posted on 11/16/2010 7:31:39 PM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: cripplecreek

And to think they did all that with less on board computing power than a modern calculator.


33 posted on 11/16/2010 7:33:22 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: NormsRevenge

I’m still waiting on New Horizons to make a flyby of pluto. Better than halfway there and still about 5 years to go.


34 posted on 11/16/2010 7:33:38 PM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: driftdiver

Guys with buzz cuts, pocket protectors, and slide rules.


35 posted on 11/16/2010 7:34:52 PM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: NormsRevenge

Wonder what the powers that be will tell us six hours before something is going to hit and do real damage?


36 posted on 11/16/2010 7:36:11 PM PST by John W (Natural-born US citizen since 1955)
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To: John W

lol.. altho notice how Obama is always on the move.. ya never know. ;-)


37 posted on 11/16/2010 7:44:06 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: SunkenCiv
"It's lead, Jim."


38 posted on 11/16/2010 7:45:51 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: cripplecreek

5 years to go, wow.. Pluto of Bust!

New Horizons
http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/


39 posted on 11/16/2010 7:47:25 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Leonid meteor shower peaks out on Wednesday night 17NOV to the morning hours of the Thursday the 18th. If you have clear skies just look east.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/11/101116-science-space-2010-leonids-meteor-shower-peak-best-sky-show/


40 posted on 11/16/2010 8:06:39 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Revolting cat!

Aw, it’s just something the scientists like to pull on each other. Razz the new guy at work.

Punch him in the arm when the asteroid passes by and yell, “Made ya flinch!”


41 posted on 11/17/2010 7:31:25 AM PST by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: I am Richard Brandon; SunkenCiv; All

What I heard almost 60 years ago is that the asteroid belt, where most of the asteroids “live” may have been formed when a planet blew up or was smashed into and fragmented. If you look at a picture of the planets, you see that there is a noticeable gap between earth and mars.


42 posted on 11/18/2010 6:48:00 PM PST by gleeaikin
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To: I am Richard Brandon; SunkenCiv; All

What I heard almost 60 years ago is that the asteroid belt, where most of the asteroids “live” may have been formed when a planet blew up or was smashed into and fragmented. If you look at a picture of the planets, you see that there is a noticeable gap between earth and mars.


43 posted on 11/18/2010 6:48:53 PM PST by gleeaikin
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To: gleeaikin

The idea that some sort of lost planet used to be in that orbit has been around since Ceres (about 1/3 the total mass of the asteroid belt) and the other largest asteroids were discovered. I think the guy’s name was Oberth. There’ s more about this on the website of the late Tom Van Flandern.

There’s a mnemonic called “Bode’s Law” (or sometimes “Titius-Bode’s Law”) that includes the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter (that’s the first big gap) as a planetary orbit. But the entire total mass of all those asteroids wouldn’t equal Earth’s Moon.

http://milan.milanovic.org/math/english/titius/titius.html


44 posted on 11/18/2010 7:15:02 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

:’)


45 posted on 11/18/2010 7:18:15 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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http://projects.cbe.ab.ca/AlexFerg/showcase07-08/rehakclassblog1/Pictures/planet-comparison.jpg
http://creationwiki.org/pool/images/1/18/Moons_of_solar_system.jpg
http://www.spacetoday.org/images/SolSys/KuiperBelt/Quaoar/QuaoarComparedWithEarthMoon.jpg


46 posted on 11/18/2010 7:19:28 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: gleeaikin

Nope! Close, it is between Mars and Jupiter. ‘Bode’s Law’ is interesting:
http://articles.adsabs.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/nph-iarticle_query?bibcode=1917Obs....40..346A&db_key=AST&page_ind=0&data_type=GIF&type=SCREEN_VIEW&classic=YES


47 posted on 11/18/2010 7:53:25 PM PST by I am Richard Brandon
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To: I am Richard Brandon; All

Yes you are right, between Mars and Jupiter. That will teach me to work from memory after midnight. ;-)


48 posted on 11/19/2010 1:50:03 PM PST by gleeaikin
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