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Just Discovered Astroid - Skimming Earth Tonight 3/2/09- named: 2009 DD45

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posted on Mar, 2 2009 @ 03:07 PM
Two days ago a newly discovered Astroid, is buzzing the Earth Tonight 2/3/09, It is coming between us and the moon! Expected to even be closer than some satellites.


A newly-discovered asteroid is incoming fast, and astronomers calculate that it will skim by Earth by only about 40,000 miles. That's closer to Earth than the moon., and closer than some satellites stationed in a High Earth Orbit.

The new asteroid, 2009 DD45, was spotted by prolific comet-hunter Rob McNaught about two days ago at Australia"s Siding Spring Observatory. DD45 is estimated to have a diameter of about 115 feet, or roughly the size of the asteroid (120 feet) that slammed into Tunguska in Siberia in 1908.

That disastrous impact slammed the energy of about 150 Hiroshima-sized bombs into the Siberian countryside. NASA's Near-Earth Object office has details:

DD45 is expected to speed past Earth somwehere over the Pacific Ocean near Tahiti at about 6 a.m. PST March 2. Racing at about half a degree per minute, the asteroid will be in the constellation of Virgo, with a magnitude of slightly more than 10.

NASA has provided a plot of DD45's path here.

Thought you might like to know this information.

[edit on 2-3-2009 by questioningall]

posted on Mar, 2 2009 @ 03:33 PM
any were of finding out what time GMT??

posted on Mar, 2 2009 @ 03:34 PM
reply to post by Trolloks

It has come and gone.
Being discussed here.

posted on Mar, 2 2009 @ 05:28 PM
please direct your comments here

Surprise Asteroid Makes Near-Miss of Earth


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