Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Giant asteroid to pass near Earth tomorrow !!

An asteroid that is bigger than an aircraft carrier will dart between the Earth and the moon this week. It will be the closest encounter by such a huge rock in 35 years.
"It is the first time since 1976 that an object of this size has passed this closely to the Earth. It gives us a great and rare chance to study a near-Earth object like this.” - Scott Fisher, Ph.D., Astronomer, Nat'l. Science Foundation (NSF):
But scientists say not to worry. It won't hit.

"We're extremely confident, 100 percent confident, that this is not a threat," said the manager of NASA's Near Earth Object Program, Don Yeomans. "But it is an opportunity."

The asteroid named 2005 YU55 is being watched by ground antennas as it approaches from the direction of the sun. The last time it came within so-called shouting distance was 200 years ago.

Closest approach will occur at 9:45am on Wednesday NZT when the asteroid passes within 325,000km of Earth. That's closer than the roughly 38,6242km between the Earth and the moon.

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Greg St. Pierre said...

Wonder if this thing will be visible.

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