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Trojan Asteroid (Nibiru?) In Orbit With Earth 2012

 
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Trojan Asteroid (Nibiru?) In Orbit With Earth 2012


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An asteroid is caught in a synchronized orbit with the Earth, dancing back and forth relative to our planet as both circle the sun, a team of Canadian scientists has discovered.

The object, which for now is dubbed 2010 TK7, is a "Trojan" asteroid, meaning that it is held in a delicate balance between a gravitational tug from the sun and an equal tug from the Earth.

It's long been known that Jupiter, Neptune and Mars have Trojans orbiting alongside them, but this is the first time one has been found alongside our planet.

"An image of dancers is helpful," said Paul Wiegert, a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Western Ontario and an author of the study, published online Wednesday in the journal, Nature. "The Earth goes around the sun in a circle, and the asteroid dances in front of it, getting closer and farther away as it orbits."

TK7 is about 90 degrees from the Earth right now, and its distance from Earth ranges from 49.7 million miles to 12.4 million miles. The composition and surface characteristics of TK7 are unclear, though it is believed to be several hundred feet in diameter -- "on the largish side" for a near-Earth asteroid, Wiegert said.

Because it typically remains on the sunward side of the Earth, venturing only occasionally into the night sky, it has been difficult to detect until now. Trojan asteroids commonly dwell on the daylight sides of their planet. And its existence indicates that there are probably others, even less accessible by telescope.

"It is very hard to survey the entire area that could contain these objects," said Timothy Spahr, director of the NASA-funded Minor Planet Center at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Laboratory. "So when we find one object, it's likely that we didn't find the only one."

Trojans are found in areas called Lagrange triangular points, where the gravitational pull from the host planet and star -- in this case, Earth and the sun -- balance out. This Trojan was found at L4, which is 60 degrees ahead of the Earth.

It has been predicted for a while that such objects existed, said Spahr, who was not involved in the research. "I doubt that there's anything different about this than any other near-Earth asteroid, other than that it's locked in orbit around the Earth. But don't get me wrong, I think this is totally cool."

Scientists first glimpsed TK7 in October 2010 with NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) satellite. The team confirmed the object as a Trojan asteroid using optical images from the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope in April. Subsequent computer modeling indicates that it will "happily stay in its orbit for at least 10,000 years," Wiegert said.

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Re: Trojan Asteroid (Nibiru?) In Orbit With Earth 2012
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i wonder how these fellas react when slammed by a cme?

maybe they get a little nudge?
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I can say for sure its not Nibiru, but it is fucken Awesome. So this is what we been seeing on the footage from Antarctica and what they have been studying but not letting us in on.

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Re: Trojan Asteroid (Nibiru?) In Orbit With Earth 2012
Gotta be said (again):
There is nothing- literally NOTHING- that can be viewed in space from Antarctica that CAN'T ALSO be viewed in, say, Australia, or New Zealand, or Argentina, or....

That kind of thinking is analagous to "flat-Earth"-thinking. It simply makes no sense.

These tails of the sooper-secret telescope in Antarctica in a sooper-special place to see sooper-secret stuff no one else can is....basically, no offense, but a product of ignorance.

Start with reading a bit about parrallax.

And a trojan is not exactly the stuff governments bend over backwards to keep secret. By definition they're locked into rather stable orbits (there's a good reason artificial satellites are frequently put into orbits at LaGrange points....).

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