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Dangerous Asteroid will pass Nov-8-2011
Potentially Dangerous Asteroid Spotted Passing Earth
By SPACE.com Staff

posted: 29 April 2010
This story was updated at 5:49 a.m. ET on April 30.

An asteroid on the list of potentially dangerous space rocks that could endanger the Earth was caught on camera as it zoomed past our planet this month, and found to be larger than astronomers originally thought.

The asteroid buzzed the Earth on April 19 and came within 1.5 million miles (2.4 million km) of the planet. That's about six times the distance between Earth and the moon.

Astronomers used the planetary radar system on the famed Arecibo radio telescope in Arecibo, Puerto Rico to spot the asteroid, called 2005 YU55, over four days starting on April 19. The photo revealed the asteroid as a half-lit space rock flying through the solar system.

"At one time we had classified 2005 YU55 as a potential threat," said Steve Chesley, a scientist with NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. [More asteroid photos.]

Chesley said the new Arecibo observations have allowed astronomers to rule out any chance of 2005 YU55 hitting Earth in the next 100 years. Additional observations will help better refine those projections, he said.

The Arecibo observations revealed some unexpected new details about the nearby space rock.

The astronomers found that the asteroid is about 1,300 feet (400 meters) in size about a quarter-mile (400 meters) long and twice as big as originally thought. The Arecibo telescope's planetary radar system resolved features on the asteroid down to about 25 feet (7.5 meters).

Asteroid 2005 YU55 was first discovered by astronomer Robert McMillan, of the Spacewatch detection team, on Dec. 28, 2005. And this isn't the only chance astronomers will have to study 2005 YU55.

The space rock will be back.

On Nov. 8, 2011, the asteroid will complete another trip around the sun and swing by Earth again just inside the moon's orbit. It should fly by at a distance of 191,120 miles (307,577 km), about eight-tenths the distance between Earth and the moon. The distance from Earth to the moon is on average about 238,900 miles (384,472 km).

The asteroid poses no risk of impacting the Earth when it returns next year, though astronomers will keep watching its path through space.

NASA routinely tracks asteroids and comets that may fly near the Earth with a network of telescopes on the ground and in space. The agency's Near-Earth Object Observations program is responsible for finding potentially dangerous asteroids and studying their orbits to determine if they pose a risk of hitting the Earth.

So far, the program has found about 85 percent of the huge asteroids that fly near Earth, but it hasn't been quite as good at finding rocks that are smaller. The program detected only 15 percent of space rocks that are 460-feet (140-meters) wide and could potentially cause widespread devastation at their impact sites if they hit us, according to a recent report by the National Academy of Sciences.

Only 5 percent of asteroids 164-feet (50-meters) across have been found, the report found. More funding is needed if NASA hopes to reach a Congress-mandated goal of tracking all potentially dangerous space rocks.

President Barack Obama has proposed a budget increase in NASA's asteroid-tracking program that would boost its resources from $3.7 million in 2009 to $20.3 million in 2011. The program received a $2 million increase in 2010 to support the Arecibo telescope.

Obama has also proposed sending astronauts to visit an asteroid by 2025 to study it and gather data that could help astronomers find ways to deflect space rocks before they threaten all life on Earth.

The Arecibo Observatory is part of the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center which is managed by Cornell University under a deal with the National Science Foundation. Astronomers with Cornell, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology and the University of Maine participated in the observing of asteroid 2005 YU55.

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Its oct 21 2011. I'm not sure if i just witness the same asteroid but i did see one pass over barnegat NJ around 8:30pm. I've never seen anything like it before.
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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 2963

today is the 8th november 2011 !! :((
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My Hubby is out of town on business, and he just called to say "GOODBYE" and "I LOVE YOU", just in case the thing hits us.
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The mainstream newsbreaks were saying LESS than 24 hours last night.. This is unnerving.
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At about what time will it fly over Macon, GA... does anyone know??
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does anyone know when and if this comet can be seen in the northern calif sky?
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Its oct 21 2011. I'm not sure if i just witness the same asteroid but i did see one pass over barnegat NJ around 8:30pm. I've never seen anything like it before.

It was not the asteroid that would happen today it might have been a comet
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does anyone know when and if this comet can be seen in the northern calif sky?
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its not a comet its a asteroid
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My Hubby is out of town on business, and he just called to say "GOODBYE" and "I LOVE YOU", just in case the thing hits us.
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Thats nice and im very sorry but at lest nothing happened yet!
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asteroids are so bad it can kill people and its really a dangerous thing ot do good luck ppl :) people plz do something about this its really scary im a wuss :(
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My Hubby is out of town on business, and he just called to say "GOODBYE" and "I LOVE YOU", just in case the thing hits us.
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Thats nice and im very sorry but at lest nothing happened yet!
 Quoting: Anna123 4968931


hi bless u hope ur still alive lol
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does anyone know when and if this comet can be seen in the northern calif sky?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 4964252


does anyone know when and if this comet can be seen in the northern calif sky?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 4964252


no i dont know anything thansk for asking im a bverygood person seeu later byeee have a nice mcdonalds mmmmmm :)
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lol i know its scary but at the end of the day everyoner is gonna die so good luck see u soon :)
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What if this damn thing hits the moon?!!! nobody thinks about it but when it happens we all be dead too!!
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What if this damn thing hits the moon?!!! nobody thinks about it but when it happens we all be dead too!!
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negative....

if you look at the moon, it has an uncountable amount of craters on it, due to being our shield basically...

most asteroids that are on collision path with us, normally come into contact with the moons small gravity well, and gets sucked into it... keeping us nice and safe
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What if this damn thing hits the moon?!!! nobody thinks about it but when it happens we all be dead too!!
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negative....

if you look at the moon, it has an uncountable amount of craters on it, due to being our shield basically...

most asteroids that are on collision path with us, normally come into contact with the moons small gravity well, and gets sucked into it... keeping us nice and safe
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Jupiter plays the same role as the moon.

It is called the vacuum cleaner of our Solar System.

Asteroid impacts are unlikely.

There have only been (2) since 1970.

One blew up over the desert in Sudan, Africa and littered
the desert with debris.

Another created a 15 Meter crater in a field in Peru.

You are correct.

Both the Moon and Jupiter keep us nice and safe.

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something is out there it acts like a parachute bug with no luck.





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