Saturday, June 25, 2011

Asteroid to Pass Extremely Close To Earth

I wonder why if this asteroid is so small it gets media coverage but ELEnin is so large & heading our way but gets no coverage even tho you can go to NASA's JPL website to view its path ...

UPDATE for 5:35 p.m. ET: NASA has recalculated the time of closest approach for this event to be about 3 1/2 hours later than initially reported. The change is reflected below.

Here's something to dwell on as you head to work next week: A small asteroid the size of a tour bus will make an extremely close pass by the Earth on Monday, but it poses no threat to the planet

The asteroid will make its closest approach at 1:14 p.m. EDT (1714 GMT) on June 27 and will pass just over 7,500 miles (12,000 kilometers) above the Earth's surface, NASA officials say. At that particular moment, the asteroid — which scientists have named 2011 MD — will be sailing high off the coast of Antarctica, almost 2,000 miles (3,218 km) south-southwest of South Africa.
Asteroid 2011 MD was discovered Wednesday (June 22) by LINEAR, a pair of robotic telescopes in New Mexico that scan the skies for near-Earth asteroids. The best estimates suggest that this asteroid is between 29 to 98 feet (9 to 30 meters) wide.

According to NASA's Near-Earth Object Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., an object of this size can be expected to come this close to Earth about every 6 years or so, on average. [Photo of asteroid 2011MD trajectory]
"There is no chance that 2011 MD will hit Earth but scientists will use the close pass as opportunity to study it w/ radar observations," astronomers with NASA's Asteroid Watch program at JPL wrote in a Twitter post Thursday (June 23).;_ylt=Arj9gGoKL0a_MX9NzAQkpuIXIr0F;_ylu=X3oDMTQwNGJtc3JnBGFzc2V0A3NwYWNlLzIwMTEwNjI0L2FzdGVyb2lkdG9wYXNzZXh0cmVtZWx5Y2xvc2VieWVhcnRob25tb25kYXkEY2NvZGUDcHpiZjMwdjgEY3BvcwMzBHBvcwMzBHNlYwN5bl90b3Bfc3RvcmllcwRzbGsDYXN0ZXJvaWR0b3Bh

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