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Asteroid shaves past Earth's atmosphere

Posted on Tuesday, 24 August, 2004 | Comment icon 14 comments | News tip by: Axle13


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"The closest observed asteroid yet to skim past the Earth without hitting the atmosphere, was reported by astronomers on Sunday."

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Comment icon #5 Posted by Kaia Pythia on 24 August, 2004, 20:20
Previously orbiting the Sun once a year in an orbit that ranged as far inside the Earth's orbit as outside, 2004 FU162 now has a nine-month orbit centred closer to Venus than the Earth. Since we live on Earch we are obviously concerned with any asteroids that could hit us, but what about asteroids that could hit other planets closest to us? After reading the above quoted part of the article it really got me wandering. What would happen if one hit Mars or Venus or any of the other planets in our solar system? What kind of impact would such an event have on Earth? I think it's worth considereing... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by seventh_son on 24 August, 2004, 20:32
Asteroids hit other planets and moons all the time. Don't think they affect earth at all. But eventually one will hit earth with catastrophic results. Sadly we will never know what hit us.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Lottie on 24 August, 2004, 20:35
Close shave! I would not want to know if an asteroid was about to strike earth, I would rather carry on with my life and if one did I would not know about it anyway.
Comment icon #8 Posted by LittleIrishVampiress on 24 August, 2004, 20:52
phew!! close one..
Comment icon #9 Posted by Kaia Pythia on 24 August, 2004, 20:57
Asteroids hit other planets and moons all the time. Don't think they affect earth at all. But eventually one will hit earth with catastrophic results. Sadly we will never know what hit us. Yes, but what if an asteroid hit Venus or Mars large enough to destroy the planet? Couldn't after effects of such a collison effect us? Possibly from a large chunk of said blown up planet hitting us and cause catastrophic results? Maybe I'm wrong...just a thought.
Comment icon #10 Posted by drbeat on 24 August, 2004, 22:55
Thats it ... Im leaving Earth.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Me_Again on 24 August, 2004, 23:06
Well I am just thankful. that gods 8 ball didn't make it in (this time). I do hope its an awful pool player ALL the time
Comment icon #12 Posted by AztecInca on 25 August, 2004, 3:16
Well I am just thankful. that gods 8 ball didn't make it in (this time). I do hope its an awful pool player ALL the time Ha ha ha ha ha ha........ ...... ...... .......... ...........NO! Why would a god who created us wish to just destroy us?!!?!....oh! wait! I can think of many reason!
Comment icon #13 Posted by sunspot on 25 August, 2004, 23:50
Previously orbiting the Sun once a year in an orbit that ranged as far inside the Earth's orbit as outside, 2004 FU162 now has a nine-month orbit centred closer to Venus than the Earth. Since we live on Earch we are obviously concerned with any asteroids that could hit us, but what about asteroids that could hit other planets closest to us? After reading the above quoted part of the article it really got me wandering. What would happen if one hit Mars or Venus or any of the other planets in our solar system? What kind of impact would such an event have on Earth? I think it's worth considereing... [More]
Comment icon #14 Posted by Talon on 26 August, 2004, 0:10
I find it ironic that an asteroid that could have hit a city and killed millions of people and caused major distruction has the initials F.U.


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