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Old 18-01-2022, 21:17   #1
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Asteroid, over a kilometre wide, will be soaring past the Earth tonight.

An asteroid is set to pass Earth at around 8pm - 10pm tonight. At a distance of around 1 million miles and scientists say it will be its closest approach for the next 200 years. It's not going to be visible with the naked eye but can be followed using the following link.

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The small world's closest approach will be at 4:51 p.m. EST (2151 GMT), according to a table from the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS), managed by NASA at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. The distance is quite safe, as the 3,400-foot (1-kilometer) asteroid will get no closer than 5 lunar distances during its closest approach, NASA says. The average distance from Earth to the moon, 1 lunar distance, is about 238,855 miles (384,400 km).
https://www.space.com/huge-asteroid-...-flyby-webcast

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This is like watching paint dry.

The only thing keeping me watching is the doom merchant posters who insist the world will be destroyed and we will not survive the impact from the asteroid as it gets drawn into us following some massive miscalculation in it's predicted trajectory.

Goodbye world!
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Old 18-01-2022, 21:27   #2
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Re: Asteroid, over a kilometre wide, will be soaring past the Earth tonight.

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An asteroid is set to pass Earth at around 8pm - 10pm tonight. At a distance of around 1 million miles and scientists say it will be its closest approach for the next 200 years. It's not going to be visible with the naked eye but can be followed using the following link.



https://www.space.com/huge-asteroid-...-flyby-webcast

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This is like watching paint dry.

The only thing keeping me watching is the doom merchant posters who insist the world will be destroyed and we will not survive the impact from the asteroid as it gets drawn into us following some massive miscalculation in it's predicted trajectory.

Goodbye world!
It's obviously going to miss us by millions of mi_______
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Old 18-01-2022, 22:13   #3
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It's obviously going to miss us by millions of mi_______
Well the live comments were well worth reading, There are some really weird people out there.

The live feed caused a lot of problems for people who wanted 'them' to zoom in so that the actual asteroid could be seem as it past through our atmosphere and they wanted to know why they couldn't see the dang thing burning up as it went past us.
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Re: Asteroid, over a kilometre wide, will be soaring past the Earth tonight.

Apparently NASA have been tracking that one for decades. That one's nothing to worry about, it's never going to hit.
But it's not the only one of its kind out there...
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Re: Asteroid, over a kilometre wide, will be soaring past the Earth tonight.

The trouble is that some "Planet Killers" may only appear with short notice, and there my me SFA we can do.
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Apparently NASA have been tracking that one for decades. That one's nothing to worry about, it's never going to hit.
But it's not the only one of its kind out there...
I find it hard to believe Earth isn't actually hit more often. Look at the running tallies of all the close approachesthat are due during the rest of this month and during February.

Also see the one that are heading our way over the next couple of days here
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I find it hard to believe Earth isn't actually hit more often.
It is hit often, we just dont notice.

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Every year, the Earth is hit by about 6100 meteors large enough to reach the ground, or about 17 every day, research has revealed. The vast majority fall unnoticed, in uninhabited areas. But several times a year, a few land in places that catch more attention
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It is hit often, we just dont notice.
Agreed. I inherited a small piece of a meteorite that was found on a relatives farm land in Cumbria some years ago and that's what initially sparked my interest.

It's the ones that are as large as houses that I like to keep an eye on.
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