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Large pyramid-shaped asteroid to fly past Earth

By T.K. Randall
December 7, 2019 · Comment icon 14 comments

The asteroid has a distinctive shape. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.5 Nina Aldin Thune
A large space rock the approximate size and shape of the Great Pyramid of Giza is set for a close encounter.
The object, which measures 427ft across, is one of several that will fly past our planet this weekend.

According to NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object Studies however there is nothing to fear - the asteroid, which has been named VH5 2019, will pass us by at a safe distance of 4.27 million miles.

To compare, the Moon is situated an average of 238,855 miles from the Earth.
A similarly Egyptian themed (and potentially more dangerous) space rock is Apophis - a 340m-wide asteroid first spotted by astronomers at the Kitt Peak National Observatory, Arizona in June 2004.

At the time, Apophis turned heads when it was deemed to have a 2.7% chance of striking the Earth in 2029, however this has since been revised down to just 1 in 100,000.

Another potentially catastrophic asteroid - 2009 FD - was thought to have a 1 in 710 chance of striking out planet in the year 2185, causing widespread devastation.

Fortunately however the risk of this has since been reduced as well with scientists now estimating that the asteroid only has a 1 in 100 million chance of hitting in the year 2190.

Source: Independent | Comments (14)

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Comment icon #5 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 4 years ago
I will comment on what I want, when I want and how I want thank you. 
Comment icon #6 Posted by XenoFish 4 years ago
Not everyone 'know this' stuff. 
Comment icon #7 Posted by toast 4 years ago
At least one of the posters in this thread didnt. Who exactly is "we"?
Comment icon #8 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 4 years ago
Since you know this may I please ask why you need me to be more specific?
Comment icon #9 Posted by Tom1200 4 years ago
Well, I reckon it's your throwaway statement: "The same thing they always hide... nothing."  So they ARE hiding things! and ALWAYS!  And just because it may be 'nothing' at the moment who's to say what 'it' might lead to? Let's look at some precedents: when electricity was invented people couldn't see any real use for it: everyone was happy with their gas lighting and heating.  Then there's Edison: "The phonograph has no commercial value at all."  How about Dick Rowe on the Beatles: "Guitar bands are on their way out."  Remember Sir William Preece?  "Americans have need of the telephone... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 4 years ago
What part of the word "nothing" are you failing to understand?
Comment icon #11 Posted by S I N 4 years ago
I think the " N"  " O " parts   not me I do understand
Comment icon #12 Posted by Manwon Lender 4 years ago
I knew it, Stargate was not just a movie, its Apophis he is sick and tired of the Christian Zionists on earth. They are coming to take President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Secratery of State Mike Pompey and the Relgious Advisors that advise the President . This is some scary stuff , I hope that's all they take.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Daughter of the Nine Moons 4 years ago
Thread cleaned.
Comment icon #14 Posted by XenoFish 4 years ago
One of the pyramids fell off the flat earth. I do wonder how these asteroids form exactly. Maybe multiple collisions did it? No idea.

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