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House-Sized Asteroid 2011MD to Glide Past Earth on Monday

posted 6/26/2011 12:29:47 PM |
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Asteroid 2011MD, measuring about 10 to 50 yards, will be passing Earth on Monday at a distance close enough to have drawn the interest of scientists.

This distance is approximately 30 times closer to Earth than the existing distance between the planet and the moon, which is approximately 240,000 miles.

At 7,500 miles or 12,000 kilometers, the asteroid poses no real threat to the planet but since it will be flying at the same level several satellites’ orbits are located, NASA announced chances of it hitting one of them.

Even if the asteroid entering the Earth was to be put in perspective, it wouldn’t get far.

According to Skymania news, Dr. Emily Baldwin, a U.K. asteroid expert, shared “if it did enter the atmosphere, an asteroid this size would mostly burn up in a brilliant fireball, possibly scattering a few meteorites.”

2011MD will be crossing the South Atlantic skies at about 1 p.m. and will be viewable although no more than a flash of light followed by a quick fading away is expected.
When it travels by on Monday, it will be the fifth closest any asteroid has shaved past by earth.

The closest any asteroid ever got to sail past Earth was 2011 CQ1 with a distance of 3,405 miles. View the spectacular fire-ball photo here.

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StraddleMyNose

Jun 26 @ 1:10PM  
Yeah, I heard about this Friday afternoon. Should be interesting enough to view through the telescopes for a lot of people.
somnium

Jun 26 @ 1:14PM  
Asteroid 2011MD, measuring about 10 to 50 yards

How cute... someone from the vanilla site gave it a name of... 2011MD!

The closest any asteroid ever got to sail past Earth was 2011 CQ1 with a distance of 3,405 miles.

Considered a 'bullet burn'.

Unless there's an errant asteroid on its way to Earth we don't know about yet- I wouldn't want to be around when a life altering one hits! Not a matter of IF... it's a matter of WHEN!!

Thanks for the post Luvrgrl


Wordsofwit

Jun 26 @ 1:31PM  
Maybe Tassie can enjoy it if it is visible in the southern hemisphere.
40DWM

Jun 26 @ 2:46PM  
Like Ron White says about the terror alert.....

#1. Get a helmet.
#2. Put on the damn helmet.

Put your helmet on.
onehornytoad69

Jun 26 @ 3:16PM  
Not a matter of IF... it's a matter of WHEN!!
Holly Shit!!! I need to do #1
#1. Get a helmet.
Luvrgrl

Jun 26 @ 3:47PM  
DWM! Still crackin me up!

Sometimes I feel like I must wear a helmet daily!!!!
Wordsofwit

Jun 26 @ 4:15PM  
I wouldn't want to be around when a life altering one hits! Not a matter of IF... it's a matter of WHEN!!

So what it isn't like you or I can do anything about it. Why worry about events outside of our control?

These apocalyptic worries have concerned people for years, decades, centuries. In my lifetime, it hasn't happened. Looking back through the history of humanity, it hasn't happened

Now allow me to be disrespectful and flippant. The bottom line is that every guy has to be a dead man some time, that's the way it goes So unless it happens within the next twenty years, it is not anything that concerns me
somnium

Jun 26 @ 5:09PM  
So what it isn't like you or I can do anything about it. Why worry about events outside of our control?

Who said I was worried about it? I don't recall mentioning anything about an asteroid specifically causing human life altering events when one hits, just that I (personally) wouldn't want to be around when one does hit! The IF and WHEN statement is true- impact WILL happen in the future, as it has in the past!

Kinda jumping the gun there just a mite??

Wordsofwit

Jun 26 @ 7:27PM  
just that I (personally) wouldn't want to be around when one does hit!

Well, I can't disagree with you, Don. But it isn't like we are going to be able to do much about it... Like I said, "Every guy has to be a dead man sometime, that's the way it goes "
sugarnspice005

Jun 26 @ 7:27PM  
Well dang it!! I miss all the good stuff!

Oh well..I'm sure there will be more.
Luvrgrl

Jun 26 @ 10:11PM  
I just wish I could actually see it!
flavorbuster

Jun 26 @ 10:27PM  
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House-Sized Asteroid 2011MD to Glide Past Earth on Monday