Asteroid to make close call pass Earth ?

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PostThu Apr 08, 2010 11:50 am » by Deadbattery


hey guys,

sorry if this has been posted here already :D

The watch is on for an asteroid, technically called 2010 GA6, just discovered recently by the Catalina Sky survey in Arizona. Thursday it will pass between the moon and earth, by a scientific definition a near-miss, of 223,000 miles.

"We get a close pass every couple of weeks or so. Within the orbit of the moon," said James Wooten, a planetarium astronomer at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Most of those objects are small and harmless, but it does not take much for all that to change. In January, another small asteroid came much closer, within 80,000 miles when it passed by.

"NASA is aware of this issue and is trying to find as many of these as they can. They hope to find them with enough advance notice," says Wooten.

The push to find and track space objects now has a significant advantage. The NASA Wise space telescope has been in orbit since December, and already it is finding dozens of previously unknown asteroids every day.

Warning is the key.

"If you find it with enough of advance notice you could perhaps launch something to it that will push it a little bit and change its orbit so it misses earth," says Wooten.

He said it should not be a problem, at least not this time.

The asteroid, 2010 GA6, is 71 feet across, which is about the length of two school buses end to end.

Part of the problem in all of this is even the big asteroids are so small that telescopes have a difficult time picking them up.

One that has been noted is called Apophis. It was discovered in 2004 and there are two potential impacts with the earth coming in 2029 and 2036.

On that date, April 13, 2036 the chance of earth being hit is greater than your chance of being killed in a plane crash.

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PostThu Apr 08, 2010 11:55 am » by Kingz


yup... already there, nothing goes pass by Savwair :flop:

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PostThu Apr 08, 2010 12:01 pm » by Deadbattery


haha sorry, cheers Kingz!

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PostThu Apr 08, 2010 12:02 pm » by Deadbattery


can you tell me how to delete this thread, dont wanna take away from sav's , sorry still getting used to it :mrgreen:

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PostThu Apr 08, 2010 12:09 pm » by whitedeath


dont worry about that deadbattery, all he does is copy & paste the story from other sites so you feel free to do the same :mrgreen: if it's a copy of another thread maybe it's catching someone's attention that the other one did not. :sunny:

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PostThu Apr 08, 2010 12:13 pm » by Kingz


whitedeath wrote:dont worry about that deadbattery, all he does is copy & paste the story from other sites so you feel free to do the same :mrgreen: if it's a copy of another thread maybe it's catching someone's attention that the other one did not. :sunny:


Exactly... somethings like this in my opinion can have also 2 topics / threads.!

Very important stuff :flop:

Maybe the SuperMods can merge them :mrgreen:
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