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Astronomers gear up for 2029 asteroid pass

Posted on Wednesday, 24 August, 2005 | Comment icon 8 comments

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"During the early morning hours of April 13, 2029, observers in Asia and North Africa will have a chance to witness a rare celestial event as an asteroid, 99942 Apophis, passes within 20,000 miles of Earth."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Leliel on 24 August, 2005, 14:15
oo, meteor shower. shame it can only be seen in a country thats far from England though, looks like I'm gonna miss out on it.
Comment icon #2 Posted by whoa182 on 24 August, 2005, 16:14
well erm... we are talkng about 2029. I'm sure it wont be that hard to get around the world quickly then.
Comment icon #3 Posted by ROGER on 24 August, 2005, 18:46
By 2029 we should have a start of a base on the Moon. So maybe observations can be made from there. If not I am hoping the ISS is still in use ( or hopefully expanded) so as to get a few good pictures.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Leliel on 24 August, 2005, 22:35
well erm... we are talkng about 2029. I'm sure it wont be that hard to get around the world quickly then. uhm... yeah well.... uhm... im a slow walker?
Comment icon #5 Posted by Mart on 25 August, 2005, 20:41
2029? Better not start holding my breath..
Comment icon #6 Posted by whoa182 on 25 August, 2005, 21:01
well erm... we are talkng about 2029. I'm sure it wont be that hard to get around the world quickly then. uhm... yeah well.... uhm... im a slow walker? 807789[/snapback] Hmmm So in 2029 we are going to be travelling exactly the same we do now... In 2029 I'd probably be able to have a job in the u.s while i live in the UK In 25 years years plenty will change. We'll even probably be taking trips to the moon lol
Comment icon #7 Posted by tiddlyjen on 27 August, 2005, 6:44
That'd be awesome to witness, the last time I saw anything meteor related was that meteor shower that broke up in the atmosphere and went spreading across our melbournian skies i think it was in 1999 or 98?, god it was beautiful though, im never going to forget that all of the meteorites had beautiful mutli-coloured tails... *runs off to find internet pictures*
Comment icon #8 Posted by 2PAC4LIFE on 27 August, 2005, 7:51
By 2029 we should have a start of a base on the Moon 807392[/snapback] Oh I wish! Seems like more than enough time untill then.

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