NASA Finds New Asteroid Headed in Our Direction

Though it won’t come near Earth for at least a century

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A NASA spacecraft has spotted a “potentially hazardous” asteroid nearly half a mile wide barreling in the general direction of Earth.

The asteroid, named “2013 YP139″, is very dark, 0.4 miles across, and could come almost as close to the Earth as our moon, based on current projections. The rock has earned NASA’s “potentially hazardous” distinction due to its size and projected flight path.

But there’s no need to call Bruce Willis and the rest of the team from “Armageddon” just yet. The asteroid is still 27 million miles away from Earth, and won’t get here for another hundred years at least.

(MORE: ‘The Sights and Sounds of the Solar System’)

22 comments
MariettaAlexander
MariettaAlexander

Prophet Efrain Rodriguez prophecy about a 6 event cataclysm.  The whole scenario starts with an asteroid striking the sea off Puerto Rico at night around 2 a. m. That leads to a 12 point earthquake, atomic shock wave, three days of darkness, tsunami and finally, pestilence due to the hundreds of decomposing bodies on the land and in the water.  The trigger was suppose to be the death of an evangelist in Puerto Rico; the man died June 28, 2013.  Could be soon!

AlexandreSantos
AlexandreSantos

If this doesnt happen, there will be more, there will always be more to talk about. The world was supposed to end alot of times already in the past, and yet, we're are still standing :P

BabuG.Ranganathan
BabuG.Ranganathan

ASTEROIDS, COMETS, AND METEORS ORIGINATED FROM EARTH: In the Earth's past there were powerful volcanic explosions propelling millions of tons of earth soil and rock (now asteroids and meteors which may contain organic molecules or organisms) into space. Read my popular Internet article, ANY LIFE ON MARS CAME FROM EARTH. The article explains how millions of tons of Earth soil may exist on Mars, and how debris we call asteroids and meteors could have originated from Earth. According to a Newsweek article of  September 21, 1998, p. 12 that quotes a NASA scientist, SEVEN MILLION tons of Earth soil may exist on Mars! How could this be possible? Read and find out.

Even if the right chemicals exist, life cannot arise by chance. The molecules that make-up life have to be in a sequence, just like the letters found in a sentence. 

Scientist and creationist, Brian Thomas explains:

“Astronomers measure comets' masses and erosion rates to calculate potential lifespans. Sun grazing comets last fewer than 100,000 years.2 They thus confront secular astronomy which maintains that comets formed with the rest of the solar system billions of years ago. A solar system that old should have no remaining comets.

How do secularists solve this dilemma?

Reporting on Ison, The Independent said, "Comet Ison has taken millions of years to reach us travelling from the so-called Oort cloud – a reservoir of trillions and trillions of chunks of rock and ice, leftovers from the birth of the planets."3

Unfortunately, nobody has yet witnessed a single one of those "trillions and trillions of chunks." Going strictly with observational science, the "so-called Oort cloud" may exist only in the reservoir of the human mind.

Clearly, secular astronomers invented the Oort cloud to rescue their billions-of-years dogma from a disintegration process that limits a comet's age—and thus the age of the Solar System—to thousands of years. When Ison becomes visible later this year, perhaps it will remind thoughtful viewers that the universe is quite young, just as Scripture teaches” (Brian Thomas, M.S., Science Writer at the Institute for Creation research).

Check out my most recent Internet articles and sites: THE SCIENCE SUPPORTING CREATION and WAR AMONG EVOLUTIONISTS (2nd Edition)

Babu G. Ranganathan*

B.A. Bible/Biology

Author of popular Internet article, TRADITIONAL DOCTRINE OF HELL EVOLVED FROM GREEK ROOTS

*I have given successful lectures (with question and answer period afterwards) defending creation before evolutionist science faculty and students at various colleges and universities. I've been privileged to be recognized in the 24th edition of Marquis "Who's Who in The East" for my writings on religion and science.

femanvate
femanvate

To the commenters saying the Asteroid will take far less than 100 years to reach Earth, please take into account the trajectory of the two bodies. Its not heading straight for us, but is on a more parallel closing path.

larryhind
larryhind

The asteroid is in orbit around the Sun it will not come here directly.

DarylRhea
DarylRhea

Venus is about 25 million miles from the Earth. The meteor in the article is 27 million miles away. So in essence a half mile wide meteor on a possible collision course with Earth is 1/3 the distance between us and the Sun. I find it hard to believe that something that relatively close would take 100 years to make it here. It's been fun, guys.

jflynn121361
jflynn121361

so you say this asteroid will be here in 31 days?

jfmolinar78
jfmolinar78

Ok people, lets be smart. To reach 27 million miles in a hundred years you would have to travel 31mph. But an average asteroid traves about 36,000 mph. If you do the math, smart people, you would calculate that in that average speed it would only take 31 days. It's funny that people can't use commen sense!!! Do the math and google average speed of an asteroid!!!

Sparrow55
Sparrow55

I can breathe a sigh of relief.  When I first saw this article's headline, I thought I wasn't going to get to see the playoff games this weekend. 

BabuG.Ranganathan
BabuG.Ranganathan

ASTEROIDS, COMETS, AND METEORS ORIGINATED FROM EARTH: In the Earth's past there were powerful volcanic explosions propelling millions of tons of earth soil and rock (now asteroids and meteors which may contain organic molecules or organisms) into space. Read my popular Internet article, ANY LIFE ON MARS CAME FROM EARTH. The article explains how millions of tons of Earth soil may exist on Mars, and how debris we call asteroids and meteors could have originated from Earth. According to a Newsweek article of  September 21, 1998, p. 12 that quotes a NASA scientist, SEVEN MILLION tons of Earth soil may exist on Mars! How could this be possible? Read and find out.

Even if the right chemicals exist, life cannot arise by chance. The molecules that make-up life have to be in a sequence, just like the letters found in a sentence.

Scientist and creationist, Brian Thomas explains:

Astronomers measure comets' masses and erosion rates to calculate potential lifespans. Sun grazing comets last fewer than 100,000 years.2 They thus confront secular astronomy which maintains that comets formed with the rest of the solar system billions of years ago. A solar system that old should have no remaining comets.

How do secularists solve this dilemma?

Reporting on Ison, The Independent said, "Comet Ison has taken millions of years to reach us travelling from the so-called Oort cloud – a reservoir of trillions and trillions of chunks of rock and ice, leftovers from the birth of the planets."3

Unfortunately, nobody has yet witnessed a single one of those "trillions and trillions of chunks." Going strictly with observational science, the "so-called Oort cloud" may exist only in the reservoir of the human mind.

Clearly, secular astronomers invented the Oort cloud to rescue their billions-of-years dogma from a disintegration process that limits a comet's age—and thus the age of the Solar System—to thousands of years. When Ison becomes visible later this year, perhaps it will remind thoughtful viewers that the universe is quite young, just as Scripture teaches” (Brian Thomas, M.S., Science Writer at the Institute for Creation research).

Check out my most recent Internet articles and sites: THE SCIENCE SUPPORTING CREATION and WAR AMONG EVOLUTIONISTS (2nd Edition)

Babu G. Ranganathan*
B.A. Bible/Biology

Author of popular Internet article, TRADITIONAL DOCTRINE OF HELL EVOLVED FROM GREEK ROOTS

*I have given successful lectures (with question and answer period afterwards) defending creation before evolutionist science faculty and students at various colleges and universities. I've been privileged to be recognized in the 24th edition of Marquis "Who's Who in The East" for my writings on religion and science.

Critic84
Critic84

Another 100 years? Dear TIME, maybe it’s time to revise your definition of breaking news.

JMattera
JMattera

@BabuG.Ranganathan  Ahh,. now creationists are experts at science. Aren't you the same one who said we lived with the dinosaurs 5k years ago, sort of like the Flintstones? 

jfmolinar78
jfmolinar78

I don't know the correct information about the asteroid. 27 million miles is very close to the earth (asteroid speaking). It sounds to me that there is some type of cover up because I can't find any info on the NASA.gov website.

zeustiak
zeustiak

@jfmolinar78  You can't even spell common sense right and you believe your own poor grasp at math and logic?  


We are orbiting the sun.  It is orbiting the sun.  It will take it a century to catch up to us or pass close by us because of our relative speeds.  


Go finish your education or get a new one. 

SweetBabyMoses
SweetBabyMoses

@jfmolinar78  The eventual intersection of two ORBITS isn't analogous to a car driving down the road in a straight line at 31mph while another car sits at a stop sign waiting to be struck.  Your grade school calculations don't apply here.  But, yeah, I'm sure this is a conspiracy.  Keep being smart.

candidus.corvus
candidus.corvus

@jfmolinar78 Just a guess, but it's probably 27 million miles directly from us right now, yet will fluctuate in distance over the next century as it too orbits the sun and loops around the solar system. So the actual distance it needs to travel to ultimately come near Earth is likely far greater than 27 million miles.

mac.mcrae
mac.mcrae

@BabuG.Ranganathan   do you really think you know more about the origins of asteroids than nasa? give it a rest you knucklehead. stop spamming your site and spreading your retarded pseudo science misinformation in every single asteroid comment section on the web you merciless hack.

oefforusa
oefforusa

@JMattera AAAAHHH Look at recent discovery from China, where they found soft tissue on dinosaur remains!??!! Farting is not creating life. Flat Earth science.cccc...