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New asteroid at top of Earth-threat list

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posted on Mar, 2 2006 @ 09:12 AM

Observations by astronomers tracking near-Earth asteroids have raised a new object to the top of the Earth-threat list.

The asteroid could strike the Earth in 2102. However, Don Yeomans, manager of NASA's Near Earth Object Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, US, told New Scientist: "The most likely situation, by far, is that additional observations will bring it back down to a zero."

He adds: "We're more likely to be hit between now and then by an object that we don't know about."

On 23 February, new observations allowed researchers to more accurately calculate the orbit of the asteroid, named 2004 VD17, which was originally detected by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's LINEAR project. Since the improvement did not rule out a potential collision with the Earth on 4 May 2102, they increased the asteroid's rating to level 2 on the Torino Scale, a relatively rare event.

This is a complete wast of time and money. The entire program is a "cover-up" to make the public think the planet is doing something about such "death-rocks".

Facts are such objects in polar orbit around the sun can't be seen until it is too late.

For example a large near mis happened the week of the "great tsunami" right over the area. Did the NEO's project hide a major impact? Here is a couple of links:


There will be a big one sometime this year, between May and August.................


posted on Mar, 2 2006 @ 01:38 PM
I don't think the small asteroid had anything to do with the Tsunami, as the article states that it was discovered a week prior, after it had passed the earth by.

2004 YD5 was discovered Tuesday, Dec. 21 by Stan Pope, who volunteers his time to examine images provided by the FMO (Fast Moving Object) project, an online program run by the University of Arizona's Spacewatch Project. After the initial detection, other observers noted the object's position during the day and its path was then calculated back. Closest approach occurred on Dec. 19.

The Tsunami occured on December 26th, a week after the asteroid passed us by.

But it is definitely an interesting read. I like how the scientist says:

"We're more likely to be hit between now and then by an object that we don't know about."

I guess that's supposed to make us feel better?

posted on Mar, 2 2006 @ 01:50 PM
Don't worry guys! The elites have built their underground cities and bases to protect themselves. They are even preparing to go to the moon and mars to setup new colonies.

The rest of us? Toast with peanut butter.

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