Phew! One Less Asteroid Impact to Worry About

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Phew! One Less Asteroid Impact to Worry About

Post by rob42 » Mon Dec 24, 2012 12:21 pm

Yay! Asteroid 2011 AG5 will not hit us in 2040! Up until now, I couldn’t say that with perfect certainty. so says Phil Plait.

You can read the story at http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy.html

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Asteroid 2001 AG5 as seen in October 2012 by the Gemini telescope. A concern for a short time, we now know it will miss the Earth in 2040.
Image credit: Gemini Observatory

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Old (top) and new (bottom) orbital calculations for 2011 AG5. At first there was a small chance of Earth impact, but the new observations have eliminated that possibility.
Image credit: NASA/JPL/Paul Chodas

Good news peeps :mrgreen:
Reality is an illusion, albeit a persistent one.
–Albert Einstein.

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Re: Phew! One Less Asteroid Impact to Worry About

Post by mj12cz » Mon Dec 24, 2012 8:54 pm

LOL

Excellent news Rob!

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Re: Phew! One Less Asteroid Impact to Worry About

Post by falkor » Wed Dec 26, 2012 6:14 pm

well - might have been nice if it had skirted us by 200 metres, hehe the filming would have been major! :green:

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