New Earth crossing asteroid discovered just 5-days before nearest approach

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    We have a new one, just discovered, that will pass about 35,000 miles from Earth on the 28th of May, at 14.57 U.T. which I think converts to about 21:00 or 9-PM Eastern time , and it's about 36-meters in diameter.

    Its discovery is too recent to have any good data on predicting future orbits.

    Linked below is an excellent Video showing it's earth crossing path. It's coming in from the outer solar system and was discovered just a couple of days ago on the 23 May, and coming in from the dark side, which means its face is lit by sunlight making it more easily spotted as it faces the sun.

    If it had already swung around the sun and be coming from the bright side we wouldn't be able to have spotted it as easily; five days advance of passage could have been reduced to little to nothing, and it be seen only after it was heading out.

    This shows all the approach path relative to earth in a very interesting computer generated projection.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3QqmUTrECw&feature=related]NEO 2012 KP24 57000 km May 28th - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    Toldja so. It's going to enter orbit and break up. The biggest pieces will hit DC, Jew Yawk Shitty and London.
    Buy some popcorn and some of those nifty 3-D glasses.
     
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    hopefully one piece will land right on your fat hairy ass....
     
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    Its 36 meters in diameter. Nothing would survive entry.
     
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    What happened to the last one that was going to destroy us all?
     
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    Wouldn't Obama just hook a mike up to all the sound systems of the world
    and give a speech and just bore the asteroid into a million pieces....
    Or maybe he can sing some Micheal Jackson...
    I say he sings "Beat it" with Slash on guitar this thing would just alter course and head on out
    of the solar system...
     
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    That really depends on it's content; if it is iron and rock a lot of it would hit the ground. If it is typical of outer solar system objects it would vaporize, since those are almost entirely volatiles, dust, and water ice. Once it passes we'll be able to get a spectroscopic study and a better look at it in profile, and a reading on its makeup.
     
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    At this point we are unable to determine it's future orbit. Its discovery is only 4 days old, but at the angle it's passing (at 35,000 miles distance) it's headed in towards the sun. It'll be a long time before we are likely to get these same combinations of alignments.

    The other was probably Apophis, and its present situation can be seen HERE
     
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    You all can thank me later for altering it's trajectory.
     
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    do us all a favor and dont alter that one little piece heading towards Costa Rica....you can thank me later ......
     

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