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Postby stomperrob » Wed Mar 04, 2009 10:36 pm

...well, kinda:

Giant space rock passed 72,000 km from Earth on Monday
Tue Mar 3, 8:27 AM


SASKATCHEWAN (CBC) - An asteroid similar in size to an object that exploded above Siberia in 1908 with the force of 1,000 Second World War-era atomic bombs sped past the Earth on Monday, astronomers said Tuesday.

The asteroid, 2009 ND DD45, estimated at 21 to 47 metres across, passed 72,000 kilometres from the Earth at 8:34 a.m. ET, according to NASA's Near Earth Object program.

While 72,000 km may seem a fair distance, it is a fifth of the distance from the Earth to the Moon and about twice as far as the geosynchronous orbits of communications satellites.

The next closest approach of an asteroid in the past week was 2009 DT43, which was about half the size and passed about 390,000 km from Earth on Feb. 26.

The space rock was discovered only two days ago in the sky by Rob McNaught at Siding Spring Observatory in Australia, when it was "a dim speck about 1.5 million kilometres away," the U.S.-based Planetary Society wrote on Tuesday.

At the closest approach, it was over the Pacific Ocean near Tahiti. It could be observed from Australia, Japan, and China, but not from North America or Europe, the Planetary Society said.

The asteroid's size is slightly smaller than the rock that exploded in the atmosphere at an altitude of six to 10 kilometres above the Tunguska region of Siberia in 1908.

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Re: Close call...

Postby Metroid » Thu Mar 05, 2009 12:23 am

It's only a matter of time before one hits us...I'm predicting about 3 years from now. :-B
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Re: Close call...

Postby bungle613 » Thu Mar 05, 2009 12:45 am

Metroid wrote:It's only a matter of time before one hits us...I'm predicting about 3 years from now. :-B



I'll take the under and say a week from next Tuesday.
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Re: Close call...

Postby portisfan24 » Thu Mar 05, 2009 1:21 am

As long as Bruce Willis is alive I have no fear.
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Re: Close call...

Postby Omaha Red Sox » Thu Mar 05, 2009 8:14 am

So that's what that strong breeze was the other day. :-°
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Re: Close call...

Postby scottaa1 » Thu Mar 05, 2009 10:06 am

Omaha Red Sox wrote:So that's what that strong breeze was the other day. :-°



No, that was Guru's gas :-{
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Re: Close call...

Postby knapplc » Thu Mar 05, 2009 10:11 am

The odds of a rock that large striking Earth are really slim. No need to panic.

But that doesn't mean we shouldn't be watchful. ;-)
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Re: Close call...

Postby Dan Lambskin » Thu Mar 05, 2009 11:10 am

someone help put the 72K Km in perspective...how may starburst stacked end to end is that?
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Re: Close call...

Postby Guru13 » Thu Mar 05, 2009 11:30 am

scottaa1 wrote:
Omaha Red Sox wrote:So that's what that strong breeze was the other day. :-°



No, that was Guru's gas :-{

No that really would've killed everyone, trust me.
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Re: Close call...

Postby RiffRaff » Thu Mar 05, 2009 12:49 pm

Dan Lambskin wrote:someone help put the 72K Km in perspective...how may starburst stacked end to end is that?



I got to 5 and then something happened. I starting eating them. :-)
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