Friday, November 13, 2009

More unexpected near misses to come ? NASA keeps quite on yet another near miss Asteroid !

Yet another near Miss asteroid (last one went unnoticed by NASA a few weeks ago over Indonesia) and yet again NASA keeps quite about it to the last minute - Why is this happening so often now ? well the main reason is that local astronomers are missing out on near miss data because the US military is keeping asteroid and meteor data classified from now on. With less people having access to the data there is an overall reduction in the ability to predict near misses.

Remember this article:
The US military has abruptly ended an informal arrangement that allowed scientists access to data on incoming meteors from classified surveillance satellites.
The change is a blow to the astronomers and planetary scientists who used the information to track space rocks, especially those that burn up over the oceans or in other remote locations.

Its disturbing that such asteroids are only picked up a few hours before impact and even more disturbing that NASA's NEO program is now forced to keep quite on them because of the new military classification of asteroid and meteor data.

It unsatisfactory that the public were only given a few hours or so warning in advance for the most recent asteroid (2009 VA)when NASA new about it for much longer ! This brings up a whole series of questions as to how much more does NASA they really know about Near miss objects in space that they aren't telling - or aren't able to us?

Guess we will have to wait for planet X to crash through our atmosphere before NASA tells us about it right?

26-foot-wide asteroid almost hit the earth when it passed within about 14,000 km of the planet recently, NASA has said.

The asteroid, called 2009 VA, was noticed only 15 hours before it made its closest approach towards the planet last Friday. It came 30 times nearer than the moon, which is 250,000 miles away, the US space agency said. Similar sized objects pass by thi s close to earth about twice a year and impact on the planet about once in every five years, it said. This was the third closest known (non-impacting) earth approach by any asteroid.

Astronomers believe the asteroid would have almost completely burned up while entering earth's atmosphere, causing a brilliant fireball in the sky but no major damage to the surface, the Daily Mail reported. The asteroid was discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey on November 6 and was identified by the Minor Planet Centre at Cambridge in Massachusetts as a near earth object.

In March this year, a 100-foot asteroid passed away 45,000 miles above the earth's surface. A similar sized object slammed into Tunguska, Siberia in 1908. The impact created a blast so powerful it levelled 1,200 square miles of forest.

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Anonymous said...

VirtuallyLucid said...

I'd like to point out a couple of things.

First, a 26 foot asteroid wouldn't impact the planet. It would burn up in the atmosphere. It isn't a threat.

Second, the smaller asteroids are much harder to detect. They're pretty easy to miss because they don't reflect very much light and provide a smaller profile, so these are the ones people will miss. But it doesn't matter, because...again...they aren't a threat.

Third, we aren't missing more asteroids. We're hearing more about what's been going on all the time. People are catching these "near-miss" asteroids now and reporting them, rather than having them occur. Understand that we didn't used to catch these AT ALL. They burned up in the atmosphere and people in the area said "Wow, that was neat" and life went on.

Now, we catch some of them and telling everyone on the planet that they're out there and people think that NASA is falling down on the job because we didn't catch them SOON ENOUGH, when actually it is an improvement over the original NOT CATCHING THEM AT ALL.

I agree that more accurate information is good. More timely information is good. But, let's keep things in perspective.

We're doing better now than we ever have in history.

Anonymous said...

Everything that's happening is suspecious. Never in our life could we have imagined that science could cheat us so much. and of all the people NASA, our dear NASA, which sent rockets to the moon. What a pity. Even if they kill us and say we don't know, we are to accept now.
When Dr Michio Kaku repeates: We made a mistake, we made a mistake,we shudder. My god. How many more confessions are to come.
By the way, I saw a comment about you here, that you are posting only night videos, which are hazy. How on earth can you order UFOs to come during the day, wait until the best video cameras are arranged and then post them? Go ahead with your wonderful job. thanks.

Anonymous said...

This will not be presented on the evening news. NASA is hiding some thing or some things , big time. Here is my request for the citizens of the universe. Come out in the open so every one knows.

Anonymous said...

even more amazing news

Officially confirmed 25 gallons of water found on the moon.

I found this link by clicking on the first link down from when you click on the google homepage logo. There is a picture of the moon.

Anonymous said...

it's knew from '70 that there is water on the moon

Anonymous said...

keeps QUIET

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