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'[OT] 'that exciting little hint of danger'. Hmmm'
An asteroid nearly a mile wide will hurtle past Earth on Sunday July 22.
The asteroid is estimated to be 2,000 to 4,500ft wide, and qualifies as a
'near Earth object'.
NEA (near-Earth asteroid) 2002 AM31 is described as 'the size of a city
Astronomers say not to panic - it will pass through space 14 times further
from Earth than the Moon
Astronomy magazine's Bob Berman says, 'Near Earth objects are no longer
treasures only for the paranoid, or for those who secretly and strangely are
rooting for an early apocalypse.
'The entire astronomical community has reversed its thinking about them over
the past few decades. Instead of living on an 'island Earth' with little or
no connection with other celestial objects, we now feel that collisions with
comets or asteroids change the evolution of our biosphere, and maybe even
seeded our world with the amino acids that started life long ago.
'In other words, these are important entities. Not to mention, there's
always that exciting little hint of danger.'
'One of our missions at Slooh is to provide the public with free, live views
on fascinating celestial happenings,' says Patrick Paolucci, President at
'Near-Earth asteroid 153958 (2003 AM31) represents 1 of approximately
9,000 whizzing past Earth at any given moment, and we wanted to highlight
this one as it's only 13.7 lunar distances from Earth, similar to near-
Earth asteroid LZ1 which zoomed past us unexpectedly mid-June.'
According to some estimates, we're millions of years overdue
for another planet-buster on the order of the so-called "K-T Event".
Und andere boojums, perhaps, but evidence of past catastrophe
That we seem to have the possibility of intervening in such things
is what's new under the Sun..
> Almost sounds romantic ;)
You're positively glowing tonight my dear. OMG, so am I !!!!!
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