Sunday, June 26, 2011

Asteroid Passes Very Near Earth Today June 27, 2011

Monday June 27, 2011 an asteroid will pass so close to earth it will be closer then our GPS satellites!

A newly discovered asteroid will pass within 7,500 miles (12,000 kilometres) of Earth on Monday. However, NASA says the space rock poses no threat to the planet.
2011MD was sighted for the first time on Wednesday by a robotic telescope in New Mexico, USA. The International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center in Massachusetts, USA, put out an alert Thursday. The asteroid will pass by the earths surface at 9:30 EDT. 
It will be daylight in the UK and Ireland (12.30 GMT) when the asteroid makes passes over the southern Atlantic Ocean, near the coast of Antarctica.
NASA say the encounter is so close that Earth’s gravity will sharply alter the asteroid’s trajectory.

According to Minor Planet Center’s ranking charts 2011 MD’s trip will be the fifth-closest recorded Asteroid event. The closest encounter occured on 7 October 2008 when a slightly larger asteroid (2008 TC3) passed within 4500 kilometres of earth.
According to spaceweather.com: “As the asteroid recedes from Earth, it will pass through the zone of geosynchronous satellites. The chances of a collision with a satellite or manmade space junk are extremely small, albeit not zero.”





“Judging from the brightness of the asteroid, it measures only 5 to 20 meters in diameter. According to JPL’s Near Earth Object Program office, one would expect an object of this size to come this close to Earth about every 6 years on average. For a brief time, it will be bright enough to be seen even with a medium-sized backyard telescope”.


Destiny of NASA Manned Space Flights; http://www.educatinghumanity.com/2011/06/nasa-nasa-news-future-of-manned-space.html
NASA Impact Risk; http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/risk/2011md.html
NASA Trajectory of Asteroid 2011MD; http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news172.html
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