Originally posted by aleon1018
I'm assuming that the one picture of TU24 is just an example of a known asteroid named Ida which also has a moon called Dactyl.
Another thing which is confusing is how can this asteroid be in two places at one time? Is there a comet and and asteroid?
How would we know if TU24 will upset the Earth electrically, without touching the Earth?
Look out for: Unusual weather days before the arrival of TU24.
In an electric solar system electric currents flowing between the solar plasma and the planets are the primary factors driving Earth’s weather patterns. A minor electrical disturbance of the Earth, due to the intrusion of a charged body, could trigger earthquakes, in the same way that electrical sunspot activity influences earthquakes.
The Earth’s atmosphere forms the dielectric of a capacitor with the two "plates" of the capacitor being the Earth and the ionosphere. The asteroid's electrical disturbance will cause pressure pulses in the atmosphere before and during TU24's arrival. (Note: a giant ionospheric disturbance accompanied the magnitude 9.3 earthquake of December 26, 2004)
In the electric solar system, the planets and all comets and asteroids have plasma sheaths that isolate them electrically from the solar plasma. When two plasma sheaths "touch", the two bodies "see" each other electrically for the first time. Thus, the sky will glow.
Since I posted the above a few days ago the PHA list has been updated. Asteroid 2007 TU24 is now calculated to be 27% closer to the orbital path of the Earth.
the MOID for TU24 is now 0.00098 AU instead of .00124995 AU. This means that the asteroid is calculated to reach a distance of 146,000km of Earth's orbital path.
But wait! This page claims a distance of .00096 AU. (This website is the Catalina Sky Survey, the astronomers who discovered the asteroid.)
They already know what the Earth's orbit is going to be. Obviously, they don't know that much about TU24. How could they possibly change the MOID but keep the same miss distance? Are they saying the asteroid will be 27% closer to our orbital path than previously calculated but somehow maintain the same speed and distance as in previous calculations?
What will the next update say?
Originally posted by tjsteeler
it's interesting, no doubt about it, but when the end of january comes nothing will happen at all. if it was even remotely serious it would have been on the news frequently.
Originally posted by mungodave
Asteroid 2007 TU24 has NASA concerned.
(visit the link for the full news article)
Numerous solutions indicate an Earth impact.. Here is the latest regarding this unfolding catastophic situation