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Earlier today, a small asteroid designated 2009 BD passed Earth. It is estimated to be about 10 meters in diameter. 2009 BD was recently discovered by the Mt. Lemmon Survey. An object of this size, if it had hit Earth, would likely have created an explosion similar in sized to that from an atomic bomb (depending upon composition and speed at impact). Earth gets hit by this sized body every now and then. That it is out there and that it is passing near Earth are not unusual. It is one of a large number of such bodies in the Solar System.
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While confirming that the asteroid is not a threat to earth, scientists say that if the asteroid were on course to impact earth it would cause a multimegaton atmospheric explosion over Earth’s surface, rather than impacting it. It potentially would be quite damaging (and even lethal) out to distances of 10 to 20 kilometres in all directions if it happened over a populated region with weak structures. Read more: www.cosmostv.org...
It is estimated to be about 10 meters in diameter
Originally posted by SpaceJockey1
Why do I get this weird feeling that this year one of these mutha's is going to hit a poulated city?