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The orbital work of Kazuo Kino#a discovered that it will pass with significantly close proximity of only 0.0601 AU (8,990,000 km; 5,590,000 mi) from the Earth on August 15, 2011. It will also pass close to Earth on February 11, 2017.
Deadly comet tail
There are more than 100 theories behind the Tunguska event, including some as incredible as a UFO crash. Yet the most reliable and widely accepted is perhaps the version of a comet or part of its tail to have collided with earth.
“I agree it was something from outer space, but it’s more likely to be a fragment of a comet, a snowball-like body of ice and gas that exploded when it hit the earth's atmosphere,” Vitaly Romeiko, the head of the Zvenigorod Astronomic Observatory, told RT in 2008.
According to Romeiko, who has led 23 expeditions to the site and was also interviewed by RIA Novosti upon completion of the Italian-American expedition, the blast was caused by part of the tail of Encke’s Comet. This comet completes an orbit of the sun and approaches the Earth once every three years and four months.
Crater phantom (Photo by D. Efanov from tunguska.ru)
The block of ice with impregnations of cosmic dust exploded as soon as it entered the Earth’s atmosphere, Romeiko said.
Before the invention of the telescope, comets seemed to appear out of nowhere in the sky and gradually vanish out of sight. They were usually considered bad omens of deaths of kings or noble men, or coming catastrophes, or even interpreted as attacks by heavenly beings against terrestrial inhabitants. From ancient sources, such as Chinese oracle bones, it is known that their appearances have been noticed by humans for millennia. Some authorities interpret references to "falling stars" in Gilgamesh, the Book of Revelation, and the Book of Enoch as references to comets, or possibly bolides.
Originally posted by pressure
could this be the comet nostradamus was refering to, when it passes, it will bring hunger thirst and famine?
Mabus will soon die, then will come,
A horrible undoing of people and animals,
At once one will see vengeance,
One hundred hands [powers], thirst, famine, when the comet will pass.
MABUS is SUDAM in the mirror, who waskilled by bush....
Originally posted by PuterMan
reply to post by xalaran
I hope you are right about chunks not getting through.
I had not considered a meteor shower for years to come aspect. I wonder if that could happen?
edit on 17/1/2011 by PuterMan because: I had to edit because I have got so used to seeing green at the end of my posts that I missed it!
Originally posted by lasertaglover
Since a lot of posters in this thread are familiar with SpaceWeather.com, has anyone else noticed that PHA list has been modified since that tiny, but close one came through the other day? I have been montioring this site for years now, and this is the first time I have seen the Potentially Hazardous Asteroid list altered like this, not showing anything else incoming. Anyone know why? For years they have always shown everything big near us, and now it is gone, and has been all day long.
Thanks in advance.
As of this moment, this is all it is showing:
Near Earth Asteroids
Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs) are space rocks larger than approximately 100m that can come closer to Earth than 0.05 AU. None of the known PHAs is on a collision course with our planet, although astronomers are finding new ones all the time.
On January 18, 2011 there were 1183 potentially hazardous asteroids.
Recent & Upcoming Earth-asteroid encounters: Asteroid Date(UT) Miss Distance Mag. Size
2011 AH5 Jan 13 3.3 LD 26 28 m
2011 AY22 Jan 14 4.1 LD 27.1 17 m
Notes: LD means "Lunar Distance." 1 LD = 384,401 km, the distance between Earth and the Moon. 1 LD also equals 0.00256 AU. MAG is the visual magnitude of the asteroid on the date of closest approach.
spaceweather.com...edit on 18-1-2011 by lasertaglover because: added linkedit on 18-1-2011 by lasertaglover because: spelling