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Asteroid to Fly Close to Earth Monday Night

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#1    Waspie_Dwarf

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Posted 17 February 2014 - 10:14 PM

'Potentially hazardous' asteroid 2000 EM26 to fly close to Earth
Space rock to pass by Earth 2.1m miles away, but astronomers say 270-metre object poses significant danger in case of impact


The Guardian said:

A "potentially hazardous" asteroid the size of three football fields will come uncomfortably close to Earth early on Tuesday.

The space rock, known as 2000 EM26, poses no threat and will pass the Earth at just under nine times the distance to the moon.

But it is defined as a potentially hazardous near-Earth object (NEO) large enough to cause significant damage in the event of an impact. Scientists estimate the asteroid, travelling at 27,000mph, is 270 metres (885ft) wide.

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Posted 19 February 2014 - 06:42 PM

Is this the same asteroid that's now missing ?


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Posted 20 February 2014 - 12:49 AM

View PostAstral Hillbilly, on 19 February 2014 - 06:42 PM, said:

Is this the same asteroid that's now missing ?

Yes.

"Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-boggingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the street to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space." - The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams 1952 - 2001

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