Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Near-Earth asteroid 'very unlikely' to hit us


Posted on Thursday, 3 March, 2016 | Comment icon 13 comments

It looks incredibly unlikely that 2013 TX68 will collide with the Earth. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Astronomers have moved to allay concerns over the possibility of an asteroid collision early next week.
At approximately 100ft in diameter, asteroid 2013 TX68 is slightly larger than the rock that exploded over Chelyabinsk back in 2013 which damaged hundreds of buildings and injured 1,500 people.

Fortunately though this latest space rock does not appear on NASA's list of potentially dangerous asteroids at all and the chances of a collision are thought to be very small indeed.

Instead, astronomers argue, it will probably pass anywhere from as little as 22,300 miles - the distance of Earth's geostationary satellites - to as far as four times further away than the moon.

There is still a possibility that the asteroid will warrant an entry on NASA's hazardous asteroid list in the event that observations nearer the time make it out to be larger than previously thought however this is also believed to be extremely unlikely given what we know of it so far.

"It’s possible but unlikely," said Cornell University doctoral candidate Sean Marshall.

"Still, you wouldn’t want to be there if it hit. It could still wipe out a city."

Source: New York Times | Comments (13)

Tags: Asteroid, Earth

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #4 Posted by Kiltedmusician on 3 March, 2016, 15:40
So that works out to as little as 22,300 miles away up to 955,000 miles away. It's like standing down range and being fired at by a very inaccurate rifle and scientists tell you it will either hit that target over there about 20' away or you'll feel it buzz past your head. Unless it's a bigger bullet than we think it is, but we don't think it is. We'll see when it gets closer.
Comment icon #5 Posted by preacherman76 on 3 March, 2016, 16:19
So that works out to as little as 22,300 miles away up to 955,000 miles away. It's like standing down range and being fired at by a very inaccurate rifle and scientists tell you it will either hit that target over there about 20' away or you'll feel it buzz past your head. Unless it's a bigger bullet than we think it is, but we don't think it is. We'll see when it gets closer. And that's admitted to be highly uncertain. And never before seen, they don't even know what day its coming. They usually have it pegged to within seconds, to a couple hours.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Calibeliever on 3 March, 2016, 17:50
So that works out to as little as 22,300 miles away up to 955,000 miles away. It's like standing down range and being fired at by a very inaccurate rifle and scientists tell you it will either hit that target over there about 20' away or you'll feel it buzz past your head. Unless it's a bigger bullet than we think it is, but we don't think it is. We'll see when it gets closer. Yes, the high margin for error is disconcerting. It just goes to show how much more we need to start investing in our detection and tracking efforts. As things stand now, the day will come when we are caught completely b... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by Nzo on 3 March, 2016, 18:45
I am going to blow all your minds... I am going to predict the future... In the next 6 months, there will be evidence to show that Near-Earth asteroid 'very likely' to hit us
Comment icon #8 Posted by Jeffertonturner on 3 March, 2016, 19:04
I am going to blow all your minds... I am going to predict the future... In the next 6 months, there will be evidence to show that Near-Earth asteroid 'very likely' to hit us Nope.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 3 March, 2016, 19:32
And that's admitted to be highly uncertain. You are misunderstanding the uncertainty levels involved here. The asteroid will pass no closer than 15,000 miles and no further than 9 million miles from Earth. These figures ARE certain. It is where BETWEEN those distances it will pass that is uncertain. It is absolutely certain that this object will not hit the Earth. And never before seen, Not true. It was first observed in 2013 (hence the fact it is called 2013 TX68 - the first four digits in an asteroid's designation are the year of discovery). they don't even know what day its coming. Once aga... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by Ashyne on 4 March, 2016, 0:56
Looking forward to it hitting our planet.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 4 March, 2016, 1:33
Looking forward to it hitting our planet. You are going to have a long wait, it will nit be hitting the planet any time in the next century,
Comment icon #12 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy on 4 March, 2016, 1:51
Looking forward to it hitting our planet. What a weird thing to look forward to.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Absinthe on 5 March, 2016, 5:02
Ho Hum!


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

5949392
256162
168300

 
New species of giant sunfish discovered
7-24-2017
Marine researcher Marianne Nyegaard has identified the first new species of sunfish in over 130 years.
Nazi gold reportedly found in WWII shipwreck
7-24-2017
A chest thought to be filled with Nazi gold has been found in the wreckage of the scuttled SS Minden.
Mystery woman 'wails through letterboxes'
7-23-2017
Several households in England have been plagued by a woman crying through their letterboxes at night.
Robot ventures inside Fukushima reactor 3
7-23-2017
Scientists in Japan have identified what could be fuel debris within the devastated nuclear reactor.
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
Redefining the kilogram
Posted 7-24-2017 | 0 comments
How exactly do we define the weight of one kilogram and can it change over time ?
 
Stretchy batteries
Posted 7-23-2017 | 0 comments
Scientists have come up with a way to make batteries and their cases stretchy.
 
Counting to one billion
Posted 7-22-2017 | 1 comment
How long would it take to count to one billion and has anyone ever managed to do so ?
 
Dolphins beach themselves to catch fish
Posted 7-21-2017 | 0 comments
These remarkable dolphins have come up with a unique way to catch themselves a meal.
 
Do not microwave an airbag
Posted 7-20-2017 | 2 comments
The Slo Mo Guys capture what happens when you put an airbag in a microwave.
 
 View: More videos
Stories & Experiences
Spider signs
7-21-2017 | Michigan
 
My ancestry is calling me
7-21-2017 | Morgan Hill, Ca
 
I can hear someone
6-27-2017 | Maryland
 
My dead father spoke to me
6-27-2017 | Alabama
 
Is my child predicting our death ?
6-27-2017 | Lincoln Park, MI
 
Craig is here
6-10-2017 | Phoenix AZ
 
We saw the same thing!
6-10-2017 | Pooler, GA
 
 
Three female faces
6-5-2017 | Illinois (IL)
 
Encounter at 3:33 AM
6-5-2017 | Budapest
 

         More stories | Send us your story
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com © 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ