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Well it was really close January 10 1999. If you consider 12,281,995 KM close.
Comets, which originate on the outer fringes of the solar system, are much more likely to have retrograde orbits than asteroids. In part, this is because passing stars or planets can kick them out of their original orbits and onto unusual paths, bringing them into the inner solar system, where we tend to see them.
Some retrograde asteroids may in fact be burnt-out comets, says Brian Marsden of the Minor Planet Center. The size and shape of the new asteroid's orbit "is very like Encke's comet except for inclination," he told New Scientist, although it shows no sign of a cometary tail.
The calculated orbit is the best fit to the available observations, but small observational errors could make a big difference in that calculation. "I'd feel happier about it if we get some more observations," says Marsden.
The asteroid is now far beyond Mars, but its orbit periodically brings it fairly close to Earth. "It should have been easily observable in 2000," says Marsden. "Why wasn't it seen then?" He hopes new observations will answer that question.
2012, 2012, 2012.
Seems I hear this everywhere.
calculated it orbits the sun every 3.39 years on a path that ventures within 3.5 million km
kinda reminds me what Alex Collier and Robert MorningSky say about alien space stations - they carve out asteroids and turn them into mobile space bases.
Originally posted by GypsK
Below you can calculate the path of the asteroid
The last time it was "close" was around April 26 1999 (HOW could they have missed it???)
Next close one will be around April 20 2012
see for yourself:
asteroid path calculator
That's about all I could find on this for now. I'm not an expert on the topic (just thought it was interesting), but I'm curious about what other people with more expertise think about it
[edit on 2-5-2009 by GypsK]
Originally posted by InfaRedMan
I wonder how many times it will be mistaken for Nibiru in 2012
I bet we see a thread on here dedicated to it!