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Originally posted by readytorevolt
I have seen two different asteroids burning up in our atmosphere in the past 3 months. They both looked like real big shooting stars that were real low and an orange red color. Both were in the same area of the sky
Originally posted by TDawgRex
Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't a asteroid burning up in our atmospere called a meteor?
I know, it's still a chunk of rock.
Yes, only comets have comas and tails. This is what distinguishes them from asteroids.
Only comets have comas, it is simple outgassing of their frozen 'water', nothing more, nothing spectacular, and when comets lose all of their 'water', they lose their tail and comas, and become simple dormant black comets.
jeez!! look like it could hit any of 6-7 GPS!! What else is gonna be in its way? must be hundreds of sats that could get grazed!!
I'm wondering if it passes between our moon and Us.
The other thing that I'm curious about is when I have seen pictures of planets or objects passing planets too close they seem to pull matter from each other, could this asteroid, even though its small affect our atmosphere at all?
According to your previous link the Earth dramatically changes the orbital characteristics of this asteroid.
The Earth will probably change the asteroid's orbit slightly, however.