posted on Dec, 22 2004 @ 12:14 PM
A fairly small asteroid made a near miss flyby on December 19th. The rock, if it had impacted earth, would not have cause major damage. Astronomers
believe that even if it had entered the atmosphere, it would have exploded and burned up before impact. The scariest part of this story is that this
asteroid was undetected until after it had based because of the trajectory it had approached from. It came at the earth from the direction of the
Astronomers spotted an asteroid this week after it had flown past Earth on a course that took it so close to the planet it was below the orbits of
The space rock was relatively small, however, and would not have posed any danger had it plunged into the atmosphere.
The object, named 2004 YD5, was about 16 feet (5 meters) wide, though that's a rough estimate based on its distance and assumed reflectivity. Had it
entered the atmosphere, it would have exploded high up, experts figure.
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This story has shades of "Aussie Bloke" for me. This asteroid came towards earth from our blind spot, the sun, and passed the earth in the southern
How many more asteroid are out there, hurtling towards earth from the sun, and will we have any chance of detecting them?