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Originally posted by Moegli
reply to post by Yknot
Actually, the Moon turns red moments before a lunar eclipse as the Sun slowly ducks behind Earth projecting the red color of dust onto the Moon.
I was hinting at the possible Plasma discharge of the Asteroid, possibly making it look red in the sky hence, the 'Red Kachina'.
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Originally posted by TheoOne
Umm by the way, why is sky so bright right now? I just looked out in the sky and it's not really dark outside......it's like 12:25AM right now.
Asteroid 2007 TU24 has sparked quite a debate among my colleagues, and I was hoping you might be able to answer some questions or redirect them to the appropriate JPL staffer.
We have seen very little news regarding TU24 from mainstream outlets. It seems odd that WD5's less exciting encounter with Mars should receive more attention than the close-proximity event with TU24 and our own planet. I realize that you cannot answer directly for the news outlets, but your opinion of this would be helpful.
Also, I hope that you might be able to help resolve some uncertainties regarding the event itself. How close will this object actually come to Earth and our moon, and what arc will it take as it flies by? The distances provided by your site as well as others seem to be frequently updated with new info, resulting in my curiosity. Would I be correct to assume that JPL/NASA has little trajectory data for this NEO?
Finally, what is known of the composition and electromagnetic properties of TU24? Is it considered to be a plasma discharge threat in any way, as the Tunguska meteor event in Russia is believed to have been? I might also ask if you have knowledge of any impact threat to Earth or its moon.
I'd like to thank you in advance for your attention to my inquiries.
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