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Asteroid that could’ve obliterated NYC skimmed past Earth – and NASA didn’t notice
www.dailystar.co.uk ^ | 12/08/2017 | By Rachel O'Donoghue

Posted on 12/08/2017 9:25:30 AM PST by Red Badger

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 travelling at a speed of 8.73km/s and would have caused catastrophic damage if it had made impact.

Now the asteroid has flown past Earth, it is not set to make another flyby until 2125.

NASA recently revealed a space rock the size of a mountain could hit the planet in 2036.

When first discovered in 2014, Apophis had a record-breaking collision risk of four on the Torino scale.

Steve Chesley, a NASA scientist, along with Paul Khodas from the space agency’s jet propulsion laboratory, predicted the collision will occur on April 13, 2036.

“Apophis has been one of those celestial bodies that has captured the public’s interest since it was discovered in 2004,” said Chesley.

“Updated computational techniques and newly available data indicate the probability of an Earth encounter on April 13, 2036, for Apophis has dropped from one-in-45,000 to about four-in-a million,” he added.


TOPICS: Astronomy; Education; Science; UFO's
KEYWORDS: 2017vl2; 99942apophis; apolloasteroids; apophis; asteroid; astronomy; catastrophism; meteor; neo
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1 posted on 12/08/2017 9:25:30 AM PST by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

Why New York City? Why not Mexico City?


2 posted on 12/08/2017 9:29:22 AM PST by Cowboy Bob
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To: Red Badger

"Abtahi, weren't you supposed to see that asteroid coming?"

"What! And miss out on these lattes?!"


3 posted on 12/08/2017 9:32:02 AM PST by COBOL2Java (John McCain treats GOP voters like he treated his first wife)
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To: Cowboy Bob

Better yet.... Tehran, Iran


4 posted on 12/08/2017 9:32:24 AM PST by tired&retired (Blessings)
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To: Cowboy Bob

Why not New York City?
I would not miss it.


5 posted on 12/08/2017 9:32:25 AM PST by Lurkinanloomin (Natural Born Citizen Means Born Here Of Citizen Parents - Know Islam, No Peace -No Islam, Know Peace)
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To: Cowboy Bob

“Steve Chesley, a NASA scientist, along with Paul Khodas from the space agency’s jet propulsion laboratory, predicted the collision will occur on April 13, 2036. “


Now THAT’S confidence !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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6 posted on 12/08/2017 9:34:44 AM PST by Mears
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To: Red Badger
"...and NASA had no clue."

Fortunately, the European Space Agency stepped up and...didn't do jack either. When did planetary defense become the sole responsibility of the United States?

7 posted on 12/08/2017 9:35:18 AM PST by Flag_This (Liberals are locusts.)
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To: Cowboy Bob

No self respecting asteroid would ever dare hit Mexico City!.................


8 posted on 12/08/2017 9:36:50 AM PST by Red Badger (Road Rage lasts 5 minutes. Road Rash lasts 5 months!.....................)
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To: Red Badger

Paging Maxwell “Missed it by that much” SmRt.


9 posted on 12/08/2017 9:40:48 AM PST by Quality_Not_Quantity (If we're going to look at nature to justify our actions, then I say let's start flinging poop around)
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To: Red Badger
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.

In the far more likely scenario that it hit the ocean, what (if any) negative consequences would result? The kinetic energy of a 32 meter rock zooming in a interplanetary speed must be enourmous but would it be enough to, for example, generate a small tsunami? Hydrogen bombs didn't, so I'm guessing no but who knows?

10 posted on 12/08/2017 9:42:15 AM PST by pepsi_junkie
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To: Red Badger

Are they talking Manhattan, or the entire Metro area of New York City, with all its boroughs? Big diff.


11 posted on 12/08/2017 9:42:45 AM PST by fwdude (Why is it that the only positive things to come out of LGBT organizations are their AIDS tests?)
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Asteroid that could’ve obliterated NYC skimmed past Earth – and NASA didn’t notice

Missed the New York Times building by 73,000 miles, oh well, ...

12 posted on 12/08/2017 9:42:57 AM PST by Navy Patriot (America returns to the Rule of Law)
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To: fwdude

Usually just Manhattan.............


13 posted on 12/08/2017 9:44:47 AM PST by Red Badger (Road Rage lasts 5 minutes. Road Rash lasts 5 months!.....................)
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To: Red Badger

NASA had no clue because it is run by clueless Leftists who wouldn’t know an asteroid from a hemorrhoid.


14 posted on 12/08/2017 10:00:50 AM PST by Jim 0216
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To: Red Badger

Asteroids: God’s way of saying “So, how’s that space program coming along?”


15 posted on 12/08/2017 10:04:27 AM PST by Little Pig
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WELL, WHEN YOUR HEAD IS UP YOUR A$$, IT ALL LOOKS THE SAME!..................


16 posted on 12/08/2017 10:05:32 AM PST by Red Badger (Road Rage lasts 5 minutes. Road Rash lasts 5 months!.....................)
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To: Little Pig

or....God’s way of saying, “SURPRISE!”...............................


17 posted on 12/08/2017 10:06:29 AM PST by Red Badger (Road Rage lasts 5 minutes. Road Rash lasts 5 months!.....................)
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To: Cowboy Bob

NYC needs it.


18 posted on 12/08/2017 10:09:15 AM PST by doorgunner69 (No video seems to happen a lot when they shoot somebody..........)
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To: Red Badger
A MASSIVE asteroid that could have destroyed New York City skimmed past Earth – and NASA had no clue.

Well, seriously, if you have to go, do you really want to know ahead of time about it? Not like you could do much to avoid it.

19 posted on 12/08/2017 10:11:12 AM PST by Magnum44 (My comprehensive terrorism plan: Hunt them down and kill them)
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To: Red Badger

Reporter: “Hey, what happened to North Korea? It’s totally gone!!”
Secretary of Defense Mattis: “Uhhhhhhhhhhhh. Asteroid. Last night. No one even saw it coming. Weird, huh? But at least it missed NYC.”


20 posted on 12/08/2017 10:14:59 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Benedict McCain is the worst traitor ever to wear the uniform of the US military.)
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