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NEWS RELEASE: 2008-012 Jan. 24, 2008
Asteroid to Make Rare Close Flyby of Earth January 29
Scientists are monitoring the orbit of asteroid 2007 TU24. The asteroid, believed to be between 150 meters (500 feet) and 610 meters (2,000 feet) in size, is expected to fly past Earth on Jan. 29, with its closest distance being about 537,500 kilometers (334,000 miles) at 12:33 a.m. Pacific time (3:33 a.m. Eastern time). It should be observable that night by amateur astronomers with modest-sized telescopes.
Asteroid 2007 TU24 was discovered by the NASA-sponsored Catalina Sky Survey on Oct. 11, 2007. Scientists at NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., have determined that there is no possibility of an impact with Earth in the foreseeable future.
"This will be the closest approach by a known asteroid of this size or larger until 2027," said Don Yeomans, manager of the Near Earth Object Program Office at JPL. "As its closest approach is about one-and-a-half times the distance of Earth to the moon, there is no reason for concern. On the contrary, Mother Nature is providing us an excellent opportunity to perform scientific observations."
Asteroid 2007 TU24 will reach an approximate apparent magnitude 10.3 on Jan. 29-30 before quickly becoming fainter as it moves farther from Earth. On that night, the asteroid will be observable in dark and clear skies through amateur telescopes with apertures of at least 7.6 centimeters (3 inches). An object with a magnitude of 10.3 is about 50 times fainter than an object just visible to the naked eye in a clear, dark sky.
NASA detects and tracks asteroids and comets passing close to Earth. The Near Earth Object Observation Program, commonly called "Spaceguard," discovers, characterizes and computes trajectories for these objects to determine if any could be potentially hazardous to our planet.
For more information, visit neo.jpl.nasa.gov....
Originally posted by arizonascott
Goldstone is up and has the Aricebo tracking along with others.
It shows some interesting data.
Why is it when anyone here reports a much closer approach someone always posts and counters with the bogus 'don't worry" NASA statement?
That always bothers me.
Anyhow, check out Goldstone for up to the date info on this "passing" one mile wide rock
Product: SWPC Space Weather Alerts ALTS.txt
:Issued: 2008 Jan 26 1929 UTC
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# SWPC Space Weather Alerts Issued in the last 24 hours
Space Weather Message Code: ALTEF3
Serial Number: 1448
Issue Time: 2008 Jan 26 1413 UTC
ALERT: Electron 2MeV Integral Flux exceeded 1000pfu
Threshold Reached: 2008 Jan 26 1400 UTC
Observed Yesterday: Yes
Yesterday Maximum 2MeV Flux: 1350 pfu
The geomagnetic field is expected to be quiet during 23 - 31 January.
Activity is expected to increase to unsettled to active levels on 01
- 02 February due to the onset of a recurrent coronal hole
high-speed stream. Quiet to unsettled conditions are expected during
03 - 04 February as the high-speed stream gradually subsides. Quiet
conditions are expected during 05 - 08 February. Activity is
expected to increase to unsettled to active levels during 09 - 10
February due to another recurrent coronal hole high-speed stream.
Quiet to unsettled conditions are expected during 11 - 13 February
as coronal hole effects subside. Activity is expected to decrease to
quiet levels during the rest of the period.
Originally posted by thehumbleone
What if the asteroid already killed us and we didn't even realize it. Could it have hit us so hard and fast that we didn't even notice?