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All eyes are on huge asteroid buzzing Earth on Nov. 8

  1. Stacie L profile image86
    Stacie Lposted 5 years ago

    All eyes are on huge asteroid buzzing Earth on Nov. 8
    By Leonard David
    updated 10/27/2011 1:53:20 PM ET

    Mark Nov. 8 on your calendar. A huge asteroid that could potentially threaten Earth in the far future will pass close by as astronomers around the world watch and measure.

    This space rock is asteroid 2005 YU55, a veritable mini-world roughly 1,300 feet (400 meters) wide nearly four football fields across that will zoom by Earth inside the orbit of the moon.

    At its closest approach, the asteroid will pass within 201,700 miles (325,000 kilometers) of Earth at 6:28 p.m. EDT on Nov. 8. The average distance between Earth and the moon is 240,000 miles (386,242 km).
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45064085/ns … qrFznIg9dM
    falling satellites and now an asteroid...well maybe it is the end of time

    1. Cagsil profile image61
      Cagsilposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      So it should be visible? Even without a telescope? Hmmm.....that should be interesting.

    2. KeithTax profile image79
      KeithTaxposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I hope it can be viewed with the naked eye. I love watching these kinds of things. Thanks for the FYI.

    3. Jlbowden profile image82
      Jlbowdenposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Hi all:

      I just noticed this thread and hope that I am not taking anyone's thunder away by writing about this article. I started writing about this huge asteroid enroute to earth's neighborhood two days ago. Not quite finished, it is at 560 words so far, but would like to put the finishing touches on it over the weekend. Also small world-because I see that one of the pictures I used along with my title is also a picture shown in the post. Maybe I shouldn't publish it now since it is already being spread around through the thread here, what do you all think?

      Jl

      1. paradigmsearch profile image86
        paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        There are already a million copies of it floating around out there. That tends to happen with NASA pics. One more won't hurt. big_smile

        1. paradigmsearch profile image86
          paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Same with flickr pics for that matter...

    4. Xenonlit profile image60
      Xenonlitposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Whoa! I almost slept this one since the Telegraph article in May.

      Nov 8 is marked and my neighbor with the telescope that he shares will be contacted.

      Right now, we're trying to get through California's earthquake weather without dropping off into the ocean.

      1. paradigmsearch profile image86
        paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Peru today. California tomorrow. big_smile

        (I am also in California.)

    5. mathsciguy profile image60
      mathsciguyposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Greetings from the future!  It is November 23, 2011 and the world is still here.

      Have a lovely Nov. 8th!

  2. paradigmsearch profile image86
    paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago

    I've said it before and I will say it again. big_smile

    We Are All Doomed! Doomed I Say!

    1. wilderness profile image95
      wildernessposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      lol

      1. Disturbia profile image61
        Disturbiaposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Well I'd rather go out with a bang than a whimper anyway.

        1. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
          Mikel G Robertsposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Actually me too...I think... hmm

  3. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
    Mikel G Robertsposted 5 years ago

    We're all going to die!!!


    ...some day. wink big_smile




    ***I can't wait to watch it!!!! big_smile

    1. Sneha Sunny profile image85
      Sneha Sunnyposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      me too....!! big_smile

  4. paradigmsearch profile image86
    paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago

    Actually, they made a teeny, tiny miscalculation...

    1. paradigmsearch profile image86
      paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      http://s2.hubimg.com/u/5597945.jpg

      1. Cagsil profile image61
        Cagsilposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        lol lol

      2. SimeyC profile image90
        SimeyCposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Geesh they'll do anything to get our minds of the poor economy!!!

        1. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
          Mikel G Robertsposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          lollollollollollollollollollollollollollol

          http://s2.hubimg.com/u/5597945.jpg

          lollollollollollollollollollollollollollol

          and lollollollollollol



          hmm  ...I think I pee'd myself.... sad

      3. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
        Mikel G Robertsposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        hmm

        actually.... If they knew it was going to hit us and there was nothing they could about it, they probably would tell us that it was going to miss us.... hmm


        That's a little more scary...

  5. wilderness profile image95
    wildernessposted 5 years ago

    Well, it's not a dinosaur killer, so maybe won't kill everyone on earth when it hits. 

    In fact, if it lands on Wash DC it do far more good than harm....

    1. Cagsil profile image61
      Cagsilposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      More good than harm? That puppy hits land anywhere, the impacts is going to be felt around the globe. It's 1300 feet wide....how much do you think would burn up entering our atmosphere? I would say not much depending on what it's made out of.

      1. wilderness profile image95
        wildernessposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        If it hits, it will hit land.  I would expect even the water in the Marianas trench to not have much effect on it;  any water it finds it will punch through as if it weren't there, albeit producing the mother of all tsunamis as it does so.

        But the comment was a little tongue-in-cheek; just think how much good it could do to eliminate that town.  No politicians left.  How much would that be worth? smile

        1. Cagsil profile image61
          Cagsilposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Do you really think that politicians wouldn't be in the know about where it is going to land before it is made public knowledge? They would be the first ones out of any area where it would land and leave the people to die. hmm

          1. mattforte profile image92
            mattforteposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            We could put a big fence around DC...and deport 'em back to DC if they hop the fence. No illegal Washingtonians!

            1. Cagsil profile image61
              Cagsilposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              Sarcasm? Unrealistic otherwise.

            2. wilderness profile image95
              wildernessposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              I like it!  And if they don't try to jump the fence, shoot 'em anyway. smile

              1. habee profile image90
                habeeposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                LOL!!

    2. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
      Mikel G Robertsposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Since there aren't any Dinosaurs on Earth... the fact that it isn't a Dinosaur killer... isn't really of any comfort.....  hmm

      1. Cagsil profile image61
        Cagsilposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        True enough. lol lol lol

      2. mattforte profile image92
        mattforteposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Alligators are dinosaurs...

        1. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
          Mikel G Robertsposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Oh thank goodness... I feel better... wink

  6. Stacie L profile image86
    Stacie Lposted 5 years ago

    those predictions of the earth's demise in DEC 2012 may be off by 13 months...I hope not!
    and yeah it would be cool to watch... I wonder if NASA will televise it?wink

    1. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
      Mikel G Robertsposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I hope so... I'm sure someone will.

      1. Cagsil profile image61
        Cagsilposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        No need to televise it. Just stand outside....you should be able to see it, especially if it's in the orbit of Earth....and it's size is as it has been stated.

  7. Dave Mathews profile image61
    Dave Mathewsposted 5 years ago

    I am looking forward to viewing this asteroid next year.

    I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Every evening from about 8:00p.m. I can see this huge bright either star or satelite travelling across the skies. It is the brightest object in the sky at that time. Sometimes this star or satelite follows trailing behind the moon, other times it is out ahead of the moon depending upon which phase the moon happens to be in, but without fail this star or satelite rises about 8:00pm. in the eastern sky over Toronto. I was wondering if anyone knew whether it is a star, a nearby planet, or a manmade satelite?

    1. mattforte profile image92
      mattforteposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Odd that it'd be the same time-frame, but if it's that bright it sounds like the Space Station.

      1. wilderness profile image95
        wildernessposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        No, the space station rises at all different times.  NASA site will give the time and location each night and it's always different.  It always takes a different path, too, and they will provide that as well.

        It's too close to rise at the same time each night.

        1. mattforte profile image92
          mattforteposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Yeah, that's why I said odd about the time-frame.
          I was just hoping maybe your "same time" analysis was wrong or an exaggeration haha. But since you also know how to look up times, clearly that is not the case.

  8. Greek One profile image77
    Greek Oneposted 5 years ago

    don't worry people I know some people we can call...

    http://www.mamapop.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Bruce-Willis-Armageddon.jpg

    1. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
      Mikel G Robertsposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      GO Mister "all go no quit" Harry Stamper!!!


      Yea!!!

      1. Greek One profile image77
        Greek Oneposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Harry actually passed away if you recall...

        I'm counting on this guy..

        http://www.sciencepunk.com/v5/gallery/rockhound.jpg

        1. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
          Mikel G Robertsposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Stop giving me false hopes!!!!

          I can't stand the emotional ups and downs!


          lol

          1. Greek One profile image77
            Greek Oneposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            sorry.. science can be a bitch sometimes

            1. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
              Mikel G Robertsposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              LMAO!

    2. Jlbowden profile image82
      Jlbowdenposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Yes, these guys surely will have all the answers that we are looking for, possibly even about all of those UFO's that people have been seeing

  9. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
    Mikel G Robertsposted 5 years ago

    If I don't do it someone else will soooo....


    What are the chances that the last time this asteroid was this close to Earth there were aliens living in South America with the Mayans. Aliens that plotted the asteroids trajectory and decided to leave the planet because according to thier calculations it would return to destroy the Earth at ....now.


    hmm

    1. Greek One profile image77
      Greek Oneposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      50 - 50

  10. Jlbowden profile image82
    Jlbowdenposted 5 years ago

    Hi Paradigm:

    Thanks for that extra bit of reassurance!

    Jl

    1. paradigmsearch profile image86
      paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      smile

  11. profile image0
    Wilfionposted 5 years ago

    I doubt I will be looking at the night sky to see it, because the sky is always too cloudy in England, and nothing is ever seen.  This is probably a good thing though, because I have seen The Day of the Triffids, and therefore know what could happen.

    1. paradigmsearch profile image86
      paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I've read the book. Truly excellent!

      I missed the movie. I'll have to do something about that.

    2. Hollie Thomas profile image60
      Hollie Thomasposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Splendid film.

  12. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
    Mikel G Robertsposted 5 years ago

    After this thing wizzes by how many think people will realize it was a global 'wake up call' to get us to start working together towards space exploration?

    Talk about the 'Hand of God'... hmm

    1. Cagsil profile image61
      Cagsilposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I would disagree. Space exploration isn't necessary as it is for us to learn to use our resources better and live peaceful. Space exploration would be something to achieve afterward.

      1. Captain Redbeard profile image60
        Captain Redbeardposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        I agree, I think all the money in this department are wasted when there are schools closing and streets crumbling in america. Space exploration doesn't fix any problems.

        1. mattforte profile image92
          mattforteposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          You do realize that most of our advanced technologies exist because of the space program, right?

          Here's a list for ya:
          Cordless power tools
          Smoke alarms
          Insulation
          Scratch resistant lenses
          Trash compactors
          Shock absorbing helmets
          Home security systems
          Flat, low profile TV's
          Sports bras
          Quartz Crystal clocks and watches
          Solar energy
          Various medical and surgical tools
          CD's
          Need more?

          If you don't think space exploration does anything for us, or fixes any problems - then I expect you to stop using all of these. Otherwise, you're a hypocrite.

          1. Captain Redbeard profile image60
            Captain Redbeardposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Necessity is the mother of invention is it not? Do you not think these things wouldn’t have become if we didn't have the space program? The fact remains, American education is lacking regardless of what the space program has given us thus far. Why wouldn't we cut spending in areas that we do not need and plug them into the voids where they are needed like education? On the tail end of your comment, my ignorance to what the space program has given us is irrelevant to my beliefs. It would be hypocritical for me to work for the space program and be against it not using the technology that was birthed from it and being against it. That's like saying I do not approve of my wife's parents in anyway shape or form but am a hypocrite for marrying their daughter.

    2. AEvans profile image67
      AEvansposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I agree. smile

  13. paradigmsearch profile image86
    paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago

    DOOMED I SAY!

    The Latest:
    http://www.wgrz.com/images/640/360/2/imagepool/images/111103061802_asteroid.jpg

    ""This is not a potentially hazardous asteroid (yeah, right), just a good opportunity to study one," National Science Foundation astronomer Thomas Statler says. NASA and the NSF plan a series of radar telescope and other observations starting Friday, aimed at mapping the asteroid's surface and chemistry."

    http://www.wgrz.com/news/article/140489 … -next-week

    1. Stacie L profile image86
      Stacie Lposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      up close and personal
      everyone should adopt one..wink...

  14. Stacie L profile image86
    Stacie Lposted 5 years ago

    The asteroid 2005 YU55, which is about 1,300 feet (400 meters) across, will make its closest approach to Earth at 6:28 p.m. EST (2328 GMT) today. At that point, the space rock will be traveling at about 29,000 mph and be about 201,700 miles (324,600 kilometers) from Earth — closer than the moon, which orbits 238,864 miles (384,499 km) from us on average.

    The flyby will mark the closest such a big space rock has come to Earth since 1976. But there's no need to scurry down to the basement bunker to await an asteroid impact, researchers say.
    that's really close!

 
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