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Old 11-04-2011, 07:41 PM
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Near miss by Asteroid 2005 YU 55 will occur at 6:28 p.m. EST (2328 GMT) Tuesday

I sure hope there is not one of those mistaken decimal points in the calculation here. Supposed to come closer than the moon and I can almost reach out and touch the moon some nights!!!

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The orbit and position of the asteroid, which is about 1,312 feet in diameter, is well known, added senior research scientist Don Yeomans, with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

"There is no chance that this object will collide with the Earth or moon," Yeomans said.
Huge asteroid headed for close encounter with Earth | Reuters
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Oh, where are all the doomsayers anyway. I thought we would have been hearing about the end of the world already!!!
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At its closest point, the space rock will be about 201,700 miles (324,600 kilometers) away, which is 0.85 the distance between the moon and the Earth. NASA says that the asteroid will reach this point at 6:28 p.m. EST on Tuesday.

"In effect, it'll be moving straight at us from one direction, and then go whizzing by straight away from us in the other direction," Benner said.

An asteroid this size -- which, according to Scientific American is larger than an aircraft carrier -- would cause widespread damage if it were to hit Earth, however. The Associated Press spoke to Jay Melosh, a professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Purdue University, who said that the asteroid would create a four-mile wide crater 1,700 feet deep. It could cause 70-foot tsunami waves and shake the ground like a magnitude-7 earthquake.

Even though the asteroid will be inside the orbit of the moon, NASA said that the space rock's gravitational pull shouldn't have any "detectable effect" on Earth's tectonic plates or tides.
Asteroid 2005 YU55 To Narrowly Miss Earth (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
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1,300 feet in diameter would seriously fuck up your day. Likely kill everything around the impact zone for 500-800 miles or more. Sends the planet into a decade long ice age.
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If it hit land it would be quite bad, if it hit the ocean it could be a civilisation ending event. That's why we need stop pissing money away with this AGW BS and start figuring out how to prevent one of these taking us out.
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I read that NASA just released a satelite photo of the approaching asteroid....

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Thanks! I'll try to remember to duck at that time.

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near miss? o please....we wont even be able to see it with the naked eye
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It always amazed me (although scientists don't talk about it) that the thing that hit the earth around 1912 hit the most remote spot on the planet in Tonguska Siberia rather than downtown NY or L.A. "No athiests in the foxholes"?
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It always amazed me (although scientists don't talk about it) that the thing that hit the earth around 1912 hit the most remote spot on the planet in Tonguska Siberia rather than downtown NY or L.A. "No athiests in the foxholes"?





Siberia is quite large as is the rest of the Asian continent so the odds are much greater that it would hit there then anywhere else. Now the question is what the hell was it. Carbonaceous Chondrite? Comet? A very perplexing question to this day.
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Hmm, it seems it is going to be closer than what they said a couple days ago. Went from 201,000 miles to 198,000. At least the decimal point has not moved yet. I'd hate to see them announce a mathematical error that moves the decimal point 3 places to the left!

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Scientists say the asteroid, which is about a quarter of a mile wide, will pass inside the moon's orbit and come within 198,000 miles (319,000km) of Earth at 23.28GMT
Asteroid Yu55 on course for close encounter with Earth | Science | The Guardian
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I read that NASA just released a satelite photo of the approaching asteroid....

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I read that NASA just released a satelite photo of the approaching asteroid....

If it hits Earth, it will be because they are incorporating our geological diversity into their own.
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