Author Topic: Asteroid to make near-miss fly-by  (Read 907 times)

Jake
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Asteroid to make near-miss fly-by
« on: January 27, 2012, 04:08:58 AM »
An asteroid will pass by the Earth today in something of a cosmic near-miss, making its closest approach at about 1600 GMT. The asteroid, estimated to be about 11m (36ft) in diameter, was first detected on Wednesday.

At its closest, the space rock - named 2012 BX34 - will pass within about 60,000km of Earth - less than a fifth of the distance to the Moon. Astronomers stress that there is no cause for concern.

"It's one of the closest approaches recorded," said Gareth Williams, associate director of the US-based Minor Planet Center. "It makes it in to the top 20 closest approaches, but it's sufficiently far away... that there's absolutely no chance of it hitting us," he told the BBC.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16756450

Nina
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Re: Asteroid to make near-miss fly-by
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2012, 06:00:10 AM »
Its amazing how late they see these sort of objects in space with all their high and mighty tech, but they can see Bin Laden peeing.... *rolls eyes*

Jake
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Re: Asteroid to make near-miss fly-by
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2012, 09:05:18 AM »
The new French spy satellite, Pleiades, can visualise objects on the ground only 50cm across. That's about the size of a tabloid newspaper.

Nina
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Re: Asteroid to make near-miss fly-by
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2012, 11:53:08 AM »
What a pointless way to spend millions...

Jake
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Re: Asteroid to make near-miss fly-by
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2012, 05:45:37 AM »
Hey, just think, as a new member of the European Union YOU will soon be contributing to the pointless waste of BILLIONS.

When your daughter asks why there isn't a computer on every desk in her school, tell her she should instead just be grateful that the French government can now read her homework.

From space  =)
« Last Edit: February 04, 2012, 05:49:29 AM by Jake »

Nina
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Re: Asteroid to make near-miss fly-by
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2012, 12:54:52 PM »
Nah, as an unemployed single mom, ill prolly take my chance and go live at some more promising land, like UK or something, i like the idea of being accepted by awesome new neighbors that love people from other countries so much that they colonized entire world. Ahhh... I can already smell my sparklin future :)