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Message Subject Could the yu55 asteroid collide with the moon?
Poster Handle saros136
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Could it? Because I know it's gonna be about 200,000 miles away from earth but what about the moon? It's also going to be traveling in the moons gravitational pull.. Anyone know anything about this?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1555519


No. The Moon's gravitational pull is part of the calculations (although not in the JPL orbital diagrams people here use).

$$SOE
2011-Nov-09 07:00 0.00160426679661 -0.6106717
2011-Nov-09 07:05 0.00160327024170 -0.3830534
2011-Nov-09 07:10 0.00160273056667 -0.1550859
2011-Nov-09 07:15 0.00160264828136 0.0730363
2011-Nov-09 07:20 0.00160302349580 0.3011179
2011-Nov-09 07:25 0.00160385593265 0.5289640
2011-Nov-09 07:30 0.00160514492837 0.7563808

It will approach to 240,000 km.


EDIT: For comparison, the Moon will be 406,000 km from Earth then.
 
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