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NASA: An Asteroid Will Barely Avoid Slamming Into Earth Today
TBI ^ | 6-27-2011 | David Edwards, The Raw Story

Posted on 06/27/2011 10:08:33 AM PDT by blam

NASA: An Asteroid Will Barely Avoid Slamming Into Earth Today

David Edwards, The Raw Story
Jun. 27, 2011, 11:47 AM

Image: Flickr Ed Sweeny

Astronomers have just discovered an asteroid that is expected come close enough to Earth Monday that it will be visible with amateur telescopes.

The Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research centre (LINEAR) spotted Asteroid 2011 MD on June 22. It has an orbit similar to Earth's.

The asteroid will be visible from parts of South Africa and Antarctica when it makes its closest approach at 1:14 p.m. EDT (1714 GMT), passing just 7,500 miles (12,000 kilometers) from the Earth's surface. The rock will be so close that its trajectory will be sharply altered by the Earth's gravity.

"There is no chance that 2011 MD will hit Earth but scientists will use the close pass as opportunity to study it w/ radar observations," NASA's @AsteroidWatch tweeted last week.

Scientists say there is no danger of the bus-sized object striking Earth this time, but an impact is possible when it makes the next pass in 2022.

"Asteroid 2011 MD measures about 10 meters. Stony asteroids less than 25 m would break up in Earth's atmosphere & not cause ground damage," NASA wrote on their Twitter page.

The record for near-miss asteroids was set in February when 2011 CQ1 came with 3,400 miles (5,471 kilometers) of the planet.

Image: NASA

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


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2011md; asteroid; byebye; catastrophism; doomsday; nasa; ohoh; space
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It's Always Something.
1 posted on 06/27/2011 10:08:38 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Zoinks!...


2 posted on 06/27/2011 10:10:12 AM PDT by Sprite518
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To: blam

15 minutes to perigee.


3 posted on 06/27/2011 10:12:00 AM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: blam

so keep the IRA going for now?


4 posted on 06/27/2011 10:12:12 AM PDT by beebuster2000
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To: blam

Sometimes it’s this.
Sometimes it’s that.
Most times you can’t do a damn thing about it.

15 minutes to live.

See ya.


5 posted on 06/27/2011 10:12:57 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: blam

What does this have to do with Global Warming?


6 posted on 06/27/2011 10:13:43 AM PDT by brownsfan (I miss the America I grew up in.)
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To: blam

Another rocky Monday it is.


7 posted on 06/27/2011 10:13:50 AM PDT by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: blam

” NASA: An Asteroid Will Barely Avoid Slamming Into Earth Today “

Hmmmmm - this ‘prediction’ comes to us courtesy of the outfit that ‘predicts’ Global Warming...

Might be wanting to keep your umbrella handy, just in case...


8 posted on 06/27/2011 10:14:33 AM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: blam

I hope that their calculations are better than they are for temperature data. That is, I hope they didn’t just throw out the observations that involve it hitting Earth because it did not meet their criteria.


9 posted on 06/27/2011 10:15:41 AM PDT by Ingtar (Together we go broke (from a Pookie18 post))
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To: blam

2011 MD is about 10 meters in its longest dimension. It’s been described as being roughly the size of a bus.

The website I checked (sorry, don’t have a link, but you can Google “2011 MD” and get all this) said that meteors of that size will break up in the atmosphere if they enter it.


10 posted on 06/27/2011 10:15:41 AM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: beebuster2000

just to be on the safe side, I’ll wait another 12 minutes topay my cable bill...


11 posted on 06/27/2011 10:15:46 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: tet68

tick, tick, tick...13 to go.


12 posted on 06/27/2011 10:16:07 AM PDT by lildoc511 (USAF pilot vet / retired airline pilot and longtime lurker!)
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To: blam

Bus-sized object. Wouldn’t it burn up on entry? Maybe, maybe not. . . .


13 posted on 06/27/2011 10:16:31 AM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: blam

In other news that will not happen: Having no entries on his otherwise busy travel calendar, President Obama will barely avoid working in the Oval Office again today, as he jaunts off to another fund-raiser on his way back from a round of golf. “Whew”, the President was quoted as remarking. “That was a close one!” “Now do you think I oughta go with the wood or just lay up and chip for the green?”


14 posted on 06/27/2011 10:17:09 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: brownsfan

It’s Bush and Cheney’s fault!!!


15 posted on 06/27/2011 10:17:23 AM PDT by lildoc511 (USAF pilot vet / retired airline pilot and longtime lurker!)
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To: blam

Another brilliant thought from the CAIR and Muslim Support Center, formerly known as NASA.


16 posted on 06/27/2011 10:17:40 AM PDT by FrankR (A people that values its privileges above its principles will soon lose both.)
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To: Sprite518

Ozero is probably waiting for it to slow down and change course so he can begin a dialogue with an alien ship. The good news, after hearing his words, they will depart saying “no significant life forms present on this planet” Here is a transcript of his welcome:

Hello out there, this is president Obama, ruler of the US and the entire planet. Welcome. Now, let me be clear, if you land here, do not expect low income tax rates and since you seem technically advanced, plan on my IRS removing any monitary gains you make selling your technology as part of my social justice program.


17 posted on 06/27/2011 10:18:10 AM PDT by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: blam
7,500 milesOkay, everybody... DUCK!

Cripes, in space terms, that's one in the X-ring!

18 posted on 06/27/2011 10:18:10 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Rose, there's a Messerschmitt in the kitchen. Clean it up, will ya?)
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To: Hatteras; beebuster2000

That’s it. I’m off the diet until tomorrow - if it comes.


19 posted on 06/27/2011 10:18:22 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: Steely Tom; Genoa
This would be like the Tunguska Event in 1908 in Siberia if it were to strike earth...I think.
20 posted on 06/27/2011 10:20:44 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Thankfully, folks with real degrees in real science can calculate orbits.

Now, just think of a “climate change” dunderhead was doing those calculations.

Oh, the humanity.......


21 posted on 06/27/2011 10:23:33 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: blam

Put your head between your legs and kiss your a@@ Goodbye


22 posted on 06/27/2011 10:27:01 AM PDT by lucky american (I'm tired.)
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To: brownsfan

Global warming causes asteroid impacts. After long sojourns throught the unimaginable cold of deep space, the asteroids look for a warm place to retire.


23 posted on 06/27/2011 10:27:20 AM PDT by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: blam

Why does Earth always get the passive voice?

How about, “Earth barely misses squashing meteor today”?


24 posted on 06/27/2011 10:27:41 AM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: blam
Asteroid 2011 MD measures about 10 meters. Stony asteroids less than 25 m would break up in Earth's atmosphere & not cause ground damage,"

So it's going to miss us, but even if it hit us, it wouldn't do anything notable.

Would probably put on a quick 3 second show though.

25 posted on 06/27/2011 10:28:10 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: lildoc511

If Cheney wanted to crash an asteroid into Earth, he would have done it already. His weather-control machine has been upgraded.


26 posted on 06/27/2011 10:28:55 AM PDT by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: blam

The big one:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtuIVM61nKE


27 posted on 06/27/2011 10:30:06 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: blam
The rock will be so close that its trajectory will be sharply altered by the Earth's gravity.... an impact is possible when it makes the next pass in 2022.

So they've already done the trajectory analysis? I call BS on the "next time" hypothesis...

28 posted on 06/27/2011 10:30:58 AM PDT by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: lildoc511

by the freeper clock you already missed it.


29 posted on 06/27/2011 10:31:38 AM PDT by George from New England (Escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: blam; SunkenCiv

SC - In case blam did not send this to you for Catastrophism.


30 posted on 06/27/2011 10:32:34 AM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: jonno

The data they get in this hour will give them 1000 times the accuracy to predict the 2022 pass.


31 posted on 06/27/2011 10:32:55 AM PDT by George from New England (Escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: blam
closest approach at 1:14 p.m. EDT

Well, that passed four minutes ago (20 by the busted FR posting clock), so I guess we dodged a bullet.....

32 posted on 06/27/2011 10:33:00 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: blam

OUCH!


33 posted on 06/27/2011 10:33:54 AM PDT by bannie ("The gov't that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul." ))
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To: brownsfan

Global warming attracted it! The sky is falling!!Well, maybe not.


34 posted on 06/27/2011 10:36:27 AM PDT by ruesrose (It's possible to be clueless without being blonde.)
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To: blam

You might say it’s a warning shot over the bow...


35 posted on 06/27/2011 10:37:40 AM PDT by BigFinn (The King is coming and He isn't riding a donkey this time.)
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To: blam

Women and minorities hardest hit.


36 posted on 06/27/2011 10:37:55 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: brownsfan
What does this have to do with Global Warming?

They are both Bush's fault.

37 posted on 06/27/2011 10:41:13 AM PDT by kennedy (No relation to those other Kennedys.)
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To: blam
Thought for today:

“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

38 posted on 06/27/2011 10:42:14 AM PDT by Cheburashka (Barack Obama, the Stickless Wonder.)
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To: blam

Bush’s Fault..


39 posted on 06/27/2011 10:42:14 AM PDT by RonaldReagan4Ever
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To: ErnBatavia

Just logged on. What happened? Did we just almost get killed..........again?

Another day, another close call! :-)


40 posted on 06/27/2011 10:43:19 AM PDT by sneakers ("Obama is like the dog that chased a car and caught it. Now he doesn't know what to do with it.")
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To: dead

Of course, if their calculations are far enough off that it hits us, do you trust them on the size calculations?


41 posted on 06/27/2011 10:43:28 AM PDT by Ingtar (Together we go broke (from a Pookie18 post))
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To: bannie
Did I just feel something? A small quake? Did anyone else feel that?

I cant get anyone from Santiago on the phone. hmmm...

42 posted on 06/27/2011 10:46:39 AM PDT by corkoman (Steadfast and Loyal)
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To: corkoman

The bugs attack Earth with a meteor, destroying Buenos Aires. Would you like to know more?


43 posted on 06/27/2011 10:49:06 AM PDT by Ingtar (Together we go broke (from a Pookie18 post))
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To: Ingtar
Would you like to know more?

I would like to know how I can sneak away with Denise Richards in an escape pod. As we would be the only surviving members of the human race it would be our responsibility to repopulate the solar system.

44 posted on 06/27/2011 10:52:04 AM PDT by corkoman (Steadfast and Loyal)
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To: corkoman

cant typ rite now...runingfor shlter!

(Oh, wait! You can run, but you can’t HIDE!)


45 posted on 06/27/2011 10:52:16 AM PDT by bannie ("The gov't that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul." ))
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To: corkoman
"Oh Corkoman we will survive and together rekindle mankind. Now kiss me"


46 posted on 06/27/2011 10:55:27 AM PDT by corkoman (Steadfast and Loyal)
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To: blam

Return of the Mother Ship?


47 posted on 06/27/2011 10:59:11 AM PDT by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: corkoman
I watched Starship Troopers II and now I will never dare kiss anyone ever again.
48 posted on 06/27/2011 11:03:52 AM PDT by agere_contra ("Debt is the foundation of destruction" : Sarah Palin.)
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To: blam

I think it missed us.

Unless the government tinkering with the AC power frequency has screwed my clocks up again and the time is incor.............


49 posted on 06/27/2011 11:07:03 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The more effeminate & debauched the people, the more they are fitted for a tyrannical government.)
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To: corkoman

Oh man. I just remembered the grisly fate of the guy who literally did share an escape pod with Denise Richards in the first film. But I guess it wasn’t her fault.


50 posted on 06/27/2011 11:07:14 AM PDT by agere_contra ("Debt is the foundation of destruction" : Sarah Palin.)
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