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Giant asteroid to safely miss the Earth today


Posted on Thursday, 14 May, 2015 | Comment icon 14 comments

Fortunately we are in no danger from today's asteroid flyby. Image Credit: NASA
Media reports of a close shave with a mile-wide asteroid have thankfully turned out to be exaggerated.
Known as asteroid 1999 FN53, the sizable space rock had been generating concern in recent weeks thanks to erroneous news stories claiming that it had been "worrying astronomers" and that it was going to "skim the Earth" later on today.

Now thanks to new images from the Arecibo Observatory however these concerns have been definitively put to rest as it was revealed that the asteroid will pass within 6.3 million miles - a distance equal to 26 times that of the moon's orbit around the Earth.

NASA had already dismissed 1999 FN53 as too distant to qualify for "Potentially Hazardous" status which typically requires than an object approach within 4.7 million miles of our planet.

"We can compute the motion of this asteroid for the next 3,000 years and it will never be a threat to Earth," said Paul Chodas, manager of NASA’s Near-Earth Object Program Office.

Another large asteroid measuring 2.1km across, which is also set to pass by close to the Earth this month, should also comfortably miss us at a distance of around 15 million miles.

Source: Earthsky.org | Comments (14)

Tags: Asteroid, Earth

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #5 Posted by CRYSiiSx2 on 14 May, 2015, 15:01
Complains about 24/7 techno stupor on the internet... We have a genius!
Comment icon #6 Posted by Ashyne on 14 May, 2015, 15:28
Known as asteroid 1999 FN53, the sizable space rock had been generating concern in recent weeks thanks to erroneous news stories claiming that it had been "worrying astronomers" and that it was going to "skim the Earth" later on today. I didn't even know of the existence of this rock until reading it on UM front page.
Comment icon #7 Posted by BeastieRunner on 14 May, 2015, 18:19
This is the first I've heard about this one.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Oops Monkey on 14 May, 2015, 19:06
Giant asteroid to safely miss the Earth today? What? I missed that memo!!
Comment icon #9 Posted by moon tide on 15 May, 2015, 6:06
It's just a matter of time, my friends - it's just a matter of time. I hope the scientists come up with a way to prevent the worst-case scenario soon because these objects are whizzing around everywhere up there and not all of them have been detected, of course. I guess it will be a case of firing nukes to knock them off course. So, they need to put in place such rockets and nukes. I hope it all works out.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Sir Smoke aLot on 15 May, 2015, 12:27
Those supposedly intelligent lifeforms managed to come up with the computer that you used to make that post and the network that made the rest of the world able see what a jolly fellow you are. True, but also, collectively, that intelligence has a 'blind eye' for many things which are happening every day, every hour. While some of us use internet, some others are scared for their lives. Children die from hunger while some highly intelligent people are booking flights where they pay 3k$ for one meal during flight. Some of highly intelligent people take a spoon of caviar which is worth as much a... [More]
Comment icon #11 Posted by Rlyeh on 15 May, 2015, 16:51
True, but also, collectively, that intelligence has a 'blind eye' for many things which are happening every day, every hour. While some of us use internet, some others are scared for their lives. Children die from hunger while some highly intelligent people are booking flights where they pay 3k$ for one meal during flight. Some of highly intelligent people take a spoon of caviar which is worth as much as village in Africa spend on food for a week, or even month... Syria, Libya, Palestine... What are children doing in that countries right now? How many people do care?Isn't it great you can use ... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy on 15 May, 2015, 17:12
True, but also, collectively, that intelligence has a 'blind eye' for many things which are happening every day, every hour. While some of us use internet, some others are scared for their lives. Children die from hunger while some highly intelligent people are booking flights where they pay 3k$ for one meal during flight. Some of highly intelligent people take a spoon of caviar which is worth as much as village in Africa spend on food for a week, or even month... Syria, Libya, Palestine... What are children doing in that countries right now? How many people do care? Care, compassion, desire t... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by Athena1979 on 16 May, 2015, 12:59
Bruce Willis saves the day again!
Comment icon #14 Posted by Ralaman on 16 May, 2015, 23:57
HA!!! I wonder how many Doomtards sold hier homes and uprooted the family to some dank, mold covered rat-hole in the hills.


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