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Newly-discovered asteroid 2011 MD will pass only 12,000 kilometers (7,500 miles) above Earth's surface on Monday June 27 at about 9:30 a.m. EDT. NASA analysts say there is no chance the space rock will strike Earth. Nevertheless, the encounter is so close that Earth's gravity will sharply alter the asteroid's trajectory:
At closest approach, 2011 MD will pass in broad daylight over the southern Atlantic Ocean near the coast of Antarctica. As the asteroid recedes from Earth, it will pass through the zone of geosynchronous satellites. The chances of a collision with a satellite or manmade space junk are extremely small, albeit not zero.
Isn't there some kind of magnetic anomaly over the south Atlantic? I think I remember something about it. Airplanes and even the NASA (shuttle flights) are aware of it. My brain is being tickled ... anyone remember about it? radiation and magnetic anomaly??
Originally posted by jude11
Let's hope those calculations are correct. A slight miscalculation wouldn't be pretty.
Thanks, was just wondering about the debris cloud surrounding it from objects pulled into its magnetic field of energy.
Originally posted by Ophiuchus 13
reply to post by DJW001
Thanks, was just wondering about the debris cloud surrounding it from objects pulled into its magnetic field of energy. Also was considering small moons and comets/asteriods riding with it as well.