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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.
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15 minutes to perigee.
so keep the IRA going for now?
Sometimes it’s this.
Sometimes it’s that.
Most times you can’t do a damn thing about it.
15 minutes to live.
What does this have to do with Global Warming?
Another rocky Monday it is.
” 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...
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.
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.
just to be on the safe side, I’ll wait another 12 minutes topay my cable bill...
tick, tick, tick...13 to go.
Bus-sized object. Wouldn’t it burn up on entry? Maybe, maybe not. . . .
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?”
It’s Bush and Cheney’s fault!!!
Another brilliant thought from the CAIR and Muslim Support Center, formerly known as NASA.
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.
Cripes, in space terms, that's one in the X-ring!
That’s it. I’m off the diet until tomorrow - if it comes.
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.......
Put your head between your legs and kiss your a@@ Goodbye
Global warming causes asteroid impacts. After long sojourns throught the unimaginable cold of deep space, the asteroids look for a warm place to retire.
Why does Earth always get the passive voice?
How about, “Earth barely misses squashing meteor today”?
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.
If Cheney wanted to crash an asteroid into Earth, he would have done it already. His weather-control machine has been upgraded.
The big one:
So they've already done the trajectory analysis? I call BS on the "next time" hypothesis...
by the freeper clock you already missed it.
SC - In case blam did not send this to you for Catastrophism.
The data they get in this hour will give them 1000 times the accuracy to predict the 2022 pass.
Well, that passed four minutes ago (20 by the busted FR posting clock), so I guess we dodged a bullet.....
Global warming attracted it! The sky is falling!!Well, maybe not.
You might say it’s a warning shot over the bow...
Women and minorities hardest hit.
They are both Bush's fault.
“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
Just logged on. What happened? Did we just almost get killed..........again?
Another day, another close call! :-)
Of course, if their calculations are far enough off that it hits us, do you trust them on the size calculations?
I cant get anyone from Santiago on the phone. hmmm...
The bugs attack Earth with a meteor, destroying Buenos Aires. 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.
cant typ rite now...runingfor shlter!
(Oh, wait! You can run, but you can’t HIDE!)
Return of the Mother Ship?
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.............
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.