First Video of the Near-Miss Asteroid

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For something that made so much news and caused so much anxiety, the asteroid known as 2012 DA14 sure doesn’t look like much. A 150-ft. (45 m) rock that passed just 17,200 mi. (28,680 km) from Earth (or thousands of miles below some of our communications satellites) it could have caused 2.4 megatons worth of damage if it had hit. For the record, 2.4 megatons is 180 Hiroshimas.

But astronomers knew it wouldn’t hit. In some ways asteroid tracking is more reliable than weather forecasting, since the atmosphere is a whole lot more dynamic than empty space. But knowing that 2102 DA14 was going to be flying by meant astronomers could turn their telescopes skyward and try to spot it. The Deep Space Network radio antenna at Goldstone, CA, captured this 73-frame clip. Each pixel measures abut 12 ft. (4 m), and the loop runs through four times. During the 73 frames, the asteroid went from 74,000 mi. away to 195,000 mi. (120,000 to 314,000 k). Its next approach won’t be so close, but it has a lot of kinfolk out there. This close brush is a reminder that we may not stay so lucky forever

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JasperJohns
JasperJohns

This all reminds me of this funny novel I just read called THE MYOSHI EFFECT, about how people react with a giant asteroid heads toward earth in 2020. Fiction becomes fact, huh?

PlumbLine
PlumbLine

The Bible in Revelations warns us of a huge Asteroid that will hit earth during the Great Tribulation period that is coming........Turn from sin and Trust in Jesus today...........He will come into your heart if you sincerely ask Him, by giving you the Holy Spirit and Eternal Life..


.........Revelation8: 8-11........8 The second angel blew his trumpet. Then something that looked like a big mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea. And a third of the sea became blood. 9 And a third of the created beings in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed. 10 Then the third angel sounded: And a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. 11 The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the water, because it was made bitter.

JasperJohns
JasperJohns

I just read a funny novel about an asteroid headed toward earth and how everybody reacts to it, it's called THE MYOSHI EFFECT. Very much like what just happened.