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Large asteroid to pass Earth at closest approach - Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA)

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posted on May, 2 2011 @ 09:05 PM
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Mods, please move to the right section... Gracias!

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Ok, there is an asteroid by the name: 2005 YU55 that will be flying close to Earth on NOVEMBER 8, 2011, but isn't posing a threat. This asteroid is about 400 meters wide and is the largest space rock we have identified that will come this close until 2028.
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In April 2010, Mike Nolan and colleagues at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico generated some ghostly images of 2005 YU55 when the asteroid was about 2.3 million kilometers from Earth.



"On November 8, asteroid 2005 YU55 will fly past Earth and at its closest approach point will be about 325,000 kilometers away," said Don Yeomans, manager of NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office at the JPL in Pasadena, Los Angeles.

Hey, that's also the next election day! November 8th... Weird.
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As pointed out by superman2012 (thks), the distance between the moon and the earth is larger than the expected distance to this asteroid.

The average distance from Earth to the Moon is 384,403 kilometers (238,857 miles).
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Asteroid - Earth: 325,000 km.
Earth - Moon: 384,000 km.

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posted on May, 2 2011 @ 09:12 PM
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WOW. So between the earth and the moon?
2nd.



posted on May, 2 2011 @ 09:13 PM
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Good find - hope we can get a reality check on this - if Nasa is announcing this I'm afraid it might be far worse. S&F

Come on Experts home in on this and see where we stand on this one!



posted on May, 2 2011 @ 09:15 PM
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Originally posted by superman2012
WOW. So between the earth and the moon?
2nd.



Pardon my ignorance. I didn't know the distance between moon and the earth.



The average distance from Earth to the Moon is 384,403 kilometers (238,857 miles).
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So, we have nothing to worry about, people!



posted on May, 2 2011 @ 09:19 PM
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Sweet, but what if it hits the moon?! aahhh NASA would tell us right? Where Phage?! Some one with more brains then me please put up one of those solar system plant tracker things lol so we can see it trajectory and all that if you can. Then we can all sigh and go on with life again, maybe. Thanks here we go right at NASA more info www.jpl.nasa.gov...

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posted on May, 2 2011 @ 09:21 PM
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Always good to talk about these cosmic events, but you should know with a quick search that there are several threads on this asteroid already.

Here's an old one
www.abovetopsecret.com...

It will also be passing by around the same time as comet Elenin and is widely discussed with that subject.
Just an FYI.



posted on May, 2 2011 @ 09:23 PM
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My bad. I just saw on it on Xinhua and the date was 5/3/11 , so it's tomorrow's news



posted on May, 2 2011 @ 09:29 PM
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This is a good video describing this event if you haven't seen it already.
www.youtube.com...

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posted on May, 2 2011 @ 09:31 PM
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8 in chaldean numerology is not a good number :-/




 
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posted on May, 2 2011 @ 10:00 PM
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it will be .0022 au on Nov.9/11.....Look at the numbers......9/11 once again? Should be easily seen with the naked eye....

Check out video starting at 2:43...





posted on May, 2 2011 @ 10:43 PM
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Hey there, let me ask this...

If the Earth's gravity keeps the Moon in orbit, why won't this object get sucked in?




posted on May, 2 2011 @ 11:23 PM
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Originally posted by Signals
Hey there, let me ask this...

If the Earth's gravity keeps the Moon in orbit, why won't this object get sucked in?


I'd also really like an answer to that question???

Has anything of around that size ever come close to Earth in written history???

If yes then, WHERE ON EARTH did it possibly go???

Answers Pls...
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posted on May, 3 2011 @ 12:49 AM
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In an overly simplistic answer: centripetal acceleration.

The movement of an object around another (in a circular or eliptical motion) produces outward acceleration which counteracts gravitational pull (which actually produces inverse acceleration). The absence of air resistance and nearby gravitational forces allows for these two objects to stay in equilibrium until another substantial force can throw them off "balance".

This is the same reason the Earth does not collide with our Sun.
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posted on May, 3 2011 @ 02:49 AM
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Originally posted by Q2IN2Y
8 in chaldean numerology is not a good number :-/


It's a good number in China though. They see it as lucky.

It's also my fave number, and is the infinity symbol on it's side. Also the number of Liverpool's Captain. What more can I say?
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posted on May, 3 2011 @ 02:56 AM
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just don't put an H in front of 8


it is interesting



posted on May, 3 2011 @ 05:19 AM
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If the Earth's gravity keeps the Moon in orbit, why won't this object get sucked in?


Earth's gravity will perturb the orbit of 2005 YU55, but the asteroid won't get "sucked in" because it's velocity relative to Earth is much greater than that of the Moon.



posted on May, 3 2011 @ 05:33 AM
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I'm not really up to speed here on Astrophysics ......but to clarify...

This YU55 is Not Elenin ???

Is the Story about Elenin a cover or diversion away from this YU55 then ???

How far exactly is .00022AU in miles or KM' ???

Would a gravitational force possible 'break up' an Asteroid ???

Is that little grpahical chart on the video (orbits etc) genuine ???

Shall I go and borrow half million pounds and blow it all ???

Regards

PDUK



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