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  • SURPRISE ASTEROID FLYBY

    04/15/2018 5:30:02 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 23 replies
    Spaceweather.com ^ | 4/15/2018 | Spaceweather
    https://www.minorplanetcenter.net/db_search/show_object?object_id=2018+GE3 http://spaceweather.com/ SURPRISE ASTEROID FLYBY: With little warning, a relatively large asteroid flew through the Earth-Moon system on April 15th only 192,200 km (0.5 LD) from our planet. 2018 GE3 was discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey approaching Earth on April 14th. Hours later, amateur astronomer Michael Jäger of Weißenkirchen Austria video-recorded the space rock rushing through the southern constellation Serpens: "According to wikipedia, 2018 GE3 is the largest known asteroid to pass that close to Earth in observational history," says Jäger. "It was shining like a 13th magnitude star at the time of my observations." Based on the intensity of its reflected...
  • Scientists Propose An Asteroid Nuke Mission To Save Earth From Potential Destruction

    03/21/2018 10:47:49 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 37 replies
    Universe Today ^ | 3/13/18 | Evan Gough
    Some might say it’s paranoid to think about an asteroid hitting Earth and wiping us out. But the history of life on Earth shows at least 5 major extinctions. And at least one of them, about 65 million years ago, was caused by an asteroid. Preparing for an asteroid strike, or rather preparing to prevent one, is rational thinking at its finest. Especially now that we can see all the Near Earth Asteroids (NEAs) out there. The chances of any single asteroid striking Earth may be small, but collectively, with over 15,000 NEAs catalogued by NASA, it may be only...
  • 1st Known Interstellar Visitor Gets Weirder: 'Oumuamua Likely Had 2 Stars

    03/19/2018 4:09:06 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    Space.com ^ | March 19, 2018 06:12pm ET | Mike Wall,
    Our solar system's first known interstellar visitor is likely even more alien than previously imagined, a new study suggests. The mysterious, needle-shaped object 'Oumuamua, which was spotted zooming through Earth's neighborhood last October, probably originated in a two-star system, according to the study. 'Oumuamua means "scout" in Hawaiian; the object was discovered by researchers using the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS), at Haleakala Observatory on the island of Maui. ... "It's really odd that the first object we would see from outside our system would be an asteroid, because a comet would be a lot easier to...
  • 2017 VR12: Asteroid That Could Be Bigger Than Empire State Building Is About to Pass by Earth

    03/02/2018 3:24:26 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    newspeak ^ | 3/2/18 at 7:14 | Katherine Hignett On
    An asteroid up to 1600ft in diameter is set to fly by Earth in the early hours of March 7. Named “2017 VR12”, NASA has called the object “potentially hazardous.” But don’t worry—the space rock shouldn’t get closer than 900,000 miles from Earth. That’s far enough to stay safe, and maybe even close enough to watch on a home telescope. Larger than the Empire State Building? It is difficult to work out an asteroid’s size at great distance, but we can estimate. “The asteroid is a mere point of light in our telescopes: we cannot resolve its size that way,” Paul...
  • Two Asteroids Make Close Flybys of Earth

    02/08/2018 9:39:35 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    The two asteroids are called 2018 CB and 2018 CC, and they were both discovered February 4 through an automated telescope search called the Catalina Sky Survey, according to NASA's Minor Planet Center. The Catalina telescopes belong to just one of many observatories worldwide that regularly scan the sky to track and search for space rocks, also known as asteroids. While the majority of asteroids in Earth's solar system orbit in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, asteroid flybys of Earth happen several times a year. The last known close asteroid flyby was on Sunday (Feb. 4). The flybys...
  • CNN reporter: Shutdown risks asteroid strike!

    01/21/2018 5:25:54 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 61 replies
    January 21, 2018 CNN reporter: Shutdown risks asteroid strike! By Rick Moran A CNN reporter claims that because of the shutdown, NASA won't be able to track an incoming asteroid which will make its closest approach to earth on February 4th. We are all going to die because...Trump! CNN reporter Tom Foreman made the sensational claim when discussing what government services have been suspended because of the shutdown. Here's a partial transcript: FOREMAN: "Roughly 1.9 million government workers would be considered essential and stay on the job. Air traffic controllers, security officers, food inspectors, prison guards, Social Security checks would...
  • Bus-sized Asteroid heading for Earth TODAY after string of near-miss encounters

    10/20/2017 12:22:20 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 64 replies
    www.dailystar.co.uk ^ | 20th October 2017 | By Charlotte Ikonen
    AN ASTEROID will hurtle towards Earth today – just one week after another dangerously close encounter. The newly-discovered space rock – named Asteroid 2017 TD6 – is expected to zoom past our planet at around at around 7.53pm. It will be travelling at a distance of 191,000km away from civilisation. According to NASA the chunk of rock is a whopping 22m wide. Last week another asteroid made a close shave with Earth, as it soared past at a distance of just 27,000 miles above the surface. And experts have warned a second bus-sized asteroid will zoom past our planet again...
  • Arecibo radar returns with asteroid phaethon images

    12/23/2017 8:15:02 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    phys.org ^ | December 22, 2017
    After several months of downtime after Hurricane Maria blew through, the Arecibo Observatory Planetary Radar has returned to normal operation, providing the highest-resolution images to date of near-Earth asteroid 3200 Phaethon during its Dec. 16 flyby of Earth. The radar images, which are subtle at the available resolution, reveal the asteroid is spheroidal in shape and has a large concavity at least several hundred meters in extent near the leading edge, and a conspicuous dark, circular feature near one of the poles. Arecibo's radar images of Phaethon have resolutions as fine as about 250 feet (75 meters) per pixel.
  • Giant 'Potentially Hazardous' Asteroid Will Whiz By Earth So Close We Can See Inside It

    01/17/2018 9:22:59 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 49 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 1/17/18 at 5:43 PM
    On February 4, an asteroid called 2002 AJ129 is due to slip past Earth. It is between 1600 and 4000 feet across, according to NASA's Center for Near Earth Object Studies, but there's no chance it will make impact—NASA has calculated it will remain 2.6 million miles away. That still makes it what astronomers call a "potentially hazardous asteroid," thanks to its size being more than about 500 feet across and an orbital path that carries it within about 4,650,000 miles of Earth. But while they're confident we won't all go the way of the dinosaurs, scientists do want to keep an eye on the...
  • How California’s Plan to Protect Undocumented Immigrants Will Play Out in San Diego

    01/02/2018 3:00:33 PM PST · by oxcart · 33 replies
    Voice of San Diego ^ | Tuesday, January 2, 2018 | Maya Srikrishnan
    California offers some of the broadest protections and rights to undocumented immigrants in the country, and the California Values Act, which went into effect Jan. 1, makes those protections even stronger. Indeed, the law – also known as SB 54, or the sanctuary state law – will have a significant impact, particularly for certain people. It will also eventually shed light on the way local law enforcement interacts with federal agencies, like Border Patrol, the FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. But particularly in San Diego County, where there are high concentrations of federal law enforcement and numerous joint local...
  • Watch Asteroid 3122 Florence Zip Past Earth This Weekend

    08/30/2017 8:21:40 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | 29 Aug , 2017 | David Dickinson
    WeÂ’ve got an interesting pass of a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA) this upcoming U.S. Labor Day weekend, one that just slides over the +10th magnitude line into binocular range. 3122 Florence, which passes 4.4 million miles from our fair planet (thatÂ’s 7 million kilometers, about 18 times the distance from Earth to the Moon) this Friday on September 1st at 12:06 Universal Time (UT)/ 8:06 AM Eastern Daylight Saving Time (EDT). ... Ordinarily, a four million mile pass (...just under the criterion to make 3122 Florence a Near Earth Object) isnÂ’t enough to grab our attention. Lots of asteroids pass...
  • Asteroid that could’ve obliterated NYC skimmed past Earth – and NASA didn’t notice

    12/08/2017 9:25:30 AM PST · by Red Badger · 47 replies
    www.dailystar.co.uk ^ | 12/08/2017 | By Rachel O'Donoghue
    A MASSIVE asteroid that could have destroyed New York City skimmed past Earth – and NASA had no clue. The large space rock – dubbed 2017 VL2 – passed the planet on November 9 at an astonishing distance of just 73,000 miles, which is considered tiny in space terms. Space boffins think that if the rock measuring between 16 and 32 metres had hit, it could’ve wiped a major city such as New York off the map. The rock belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids and was first seen at ATLAS-MLO observatory in Hawaii a day later. It was...
  • The $10,000 quadrillion asteroid: Experts reveal how iron, nickel and gold makes 16-Psyche...

    12/06/2017 5:44:13 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | Christian Schroeder
    FULL HEADLINE: The $10,000 quadrillion asteroid: Experts reveal how iron, nickel and gold makes 16-Psyche so valuable as NASA prepares to visit it in 2026 Three times further away from the sun than the Earth lies an enormous lump of metal.  Around 252km in diameter, the metallic 'M-class' asteroid 16 Psyche is the target of NASA's next mission to the belt of giant rocks that encircles the inner solar system. And the space agency now plans to visit it much sooner than originally planned. Not only has the launch has been brought forward one year to the summer of 2022,...
  • Three-mile-wide Asteroid 3200 Phaethon to skim Earth just before Christmas Read more:

    11/24/2017 6:01:48 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    A gigantic space rock called 3200 Phaethon is due to brush ‘quite close’ to our planet on December 17, Russian astronomers have revealed. This huge asteroid is thought to cause the beautiful Geminids meteor shower which will take place between December 13 and 14, causing hundreds of bright meteors to illuminate the night sky as they burn up in Earth’s atmosphere. But NASA has also described it as a ‘potentially hazardous asteroid whose path misses Earth’s orbit by only 2 million miles‘ – which is tiny in galactic terms. It’s about half the size of Chicxulub, the rock which wiped...
  • Solar System’s First Interstellar Visitor Dazzles Scientists

    11/23/2017 9:07:33 AM PST · by EBH · 47 replies
    NASA ^ | 11/20/2017
    Now, new data reveal the interstellar interloper to be a rocky, cigar-shaped object with a somewhat reddish hue. The asteroid, named ‘Oumuamua by its discoverers, is up to one-quarter mile (400 meters) long and highly-elongated—perhaps 10 times as long as it is wide. That aspect ratio is greater than that of any asteroid or comet observed in our solar system to date. While its elongated shape is quite surprising, and unlike asteroids seen in our solar system, it may provide new clues into how other solar systems formed. The observations and analyses were funded in part by NASA and appear...
  • Dwarf Planet Ceres May Have Had a Global Ocean in Ancient Past

    11/13/2017 6:39:42 PM PST · by ETL · 28 replies
    Space.com ^ | November 8, 2017 | Nola Taylor Redd, Space.com Contributor
    Nestled in the asteroid belt, the dwarf planet Ceres contains water-rich materials that suggest it once boasted a global ocean in its distant past. Now, two new studies from NASA's Dawn mission may reveal traces of an ancient ocean in the crust, with remnants left behind in the muddy mantle beneath.  Scientists used the tug of gravity on NASA's Dawn spacecraft to track gravitational features across the dwarf planet Ceres. Combined with models of the evolution of the icy surfaces, these observations reveal an ocean mostly frozen into a strong but flexible crust, with a mud-rich inner layer that keeps...
  • Massive ‘anomaly’ lurks beneath ice in Antarctica

    12/29/2016 2:12:09 PM PST · by heterosupremacist · 64 replies
    http://nypost.com ^ | 12/29/2016 | Jasper hamill
    Scientists believe a massive object that could change our understanding of history is hidden beneath the Antarctic ice. The huge and mysterious “anomaly” is thought to be lurking beneath the frozen wastes of an area called Wilkes Land. The area is 151 miles across and has a minimum depth of about 2,700 feet. Some researchers believe it is the remains of a truly massive asteroid more than twice the size of the Chicxulub space rock that wiped out the dinosaurs. If this explanation is true, it could mean this killer asteroid caused the Permian-Triassic extinction event, which killed 96 percent...
  • Asteroid that just buzzed Earth may not miss on return visit

    10/13/2017 10:58:04 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 46 replies
    C-Net ^ | October 12, 2017 2:34 PM PDT | by Eric Mack
    Asteroid 2012 TC4 doesn't have a very memorable name, but it might leave quite an impression years from now. The house-sized asteroid that just passed by Earth, almost as close as many satellites in orbit, will be back -- and a future visit might lead to it taking up permanent residency here. On Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, Asteroid 2012 TC4 safely passed by our planet at an altitude of 27,300 miles (44,000 kilometers), just a few thousand miles above the level of satellites in geosychronous orbit. That's nearly twice as close as when it passed us almost exactly five years ago,...
  • House-sized asteroid will pass by Earth at just above satellite altitude

    10/11/2017 7:26:47 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 30 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 10 Oct, 2017 | Agence France-Presse
    A house-size asteroid will give Earth a near-miss on Thursday, giving experts a rare chance to rehearse for a real-life strike threat as it passes inside the moon’s orbit. Dubbed 2012 TC4, the space rock will shave past at an altitude of less than 44,000km (27,300 miles) – just above the 36,000km altitude at which hundreds of geosynchronous satellites orbit the Earth. That represents about an eighth of the distance between the Earth and the moon. Nasa’s Mike Kelley, who leads the exercise to spot, track and intimately probe the transient visitor, insisted there was “no danger. Not even for...
  • Close approach of asteroid 2012 TC4 poses no danger to Earth

    10/10/2017 8:13:24 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    phys.org ^ | October 10, 2017 | Tomasz Nowakowski,
    Asteroid 2012 TC4 was discovered on Oct. 4, 2012 by the Pan-STARRS observatory in Hawaii. Week later, it gave Earth a close shave when it passed the planet at the distance of 0.247 LD (lunar distance), or 58,900 miles (94,800 kilometers). Observations reveal that 2012 TC4 is an elongated and rapidly rotating object that has been known to make many close approaches to Earth in the past. The space rock orbits the sun approximately every 1.67 years at a distance of about 1.4 AU. Astronomers estimate that 2012 TC4 has a diameter between 26 to 85 feet (8 to 26...