I'm a long-time Northern Lights enthusiast, and a student of astronomy in general. As long as I've been adept at getting info from the internet, one
of my daily website checks has been SpaceWeather.com. Lots of info about sunspots, the interplanetary magnetic field, solar flares, Aurora Borealis
and Australis, all that good stuff.
There's also info on all the NEOs (Near Earth Objects) that have been discovered and are being tracked by instruments, along with some data about each
object's attributes. Here's a cropped screenshot of the aforementioned info from the site-
Up until February 25, SpaceWeather.com still listed Near-Earth Object 2013 TX68 with the same predicted numbers that had been there for months-
including a closest approach distance of 0.044 LD (Lunar Distances).
Some time on the 25th/26th, after a NASA story about the possibility of an impending Earth impact from 2013 TX68- not in March of this year (a couple
weeks from now), but on its next close approach in 2017- TX68 was removed from the list of NEOs. I saw this for myself, but I didn't think to
screenshot that. What I did screenshot was the image below on the 27th.
As you can see, the list had been totally cleared- though the heading still says there are 1,683 'Potentially Hazardous Asteroids' being tracked...
that left me scratching my head. Quite a strange coincidence. I did a little digging, and found that the alteration to the NEO list coincided with an
admission by NASA that object TX68 could smash into Earth. Here's the story on UK website The Mirror-
Then early Saturday morning, I checked SpaceWeather.com to see if all was the same, list empty. And I saw this-
Not only was the NEO list back up, but 2013 TX68 had returned, albeit shaded in a foreboding black color. Its closest approach distance had been
changed, increased to 12.6 LD. I encourage you to check it out for yourself. If you wish, you can even use the WayBackMachine Internet archive to
verify the alterations to the NEO list.
Things like this make my conspiracy spidey senses tingle... like when the Chelyabinsk meteorite exploded, there was a close approach predicted the
very same day. After the explosion over Russia, the claim of govts was that the two incidents were completely unrelated, and that it was a total
coincidence- something like a trillion to one odds was what they said, if I remember correctly. Doing a bit more digging, I found some pretty credible
evidence showing that US govt agencies would classify as top secret any object found to be on a possible collision course with our planet. If true,
this isn't surprising, but it is unsettling.
So I'll be keeping my eyes on the sky, and on news reports for the first couple weeks of March. If anything astronomical happens and we're still
around to chat about it, you heard it here first, friends!
EDIT: In the time it's taken me to type up this post, upload and link the screenshots and all, there's a Brand-new article on SpaceWeather.com
directly addressing this whole story, and dismissing any suggestion that an impact is possible. However, I don't find this entirely dissuasive- the
way this has unfolded just doesn't ring perfectly true for me. I guess we'll see if anything happens.
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