Originally posted by Jason88
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe NASA has said they have a very good handle on near-Earth objects - and yet SURPRISE! Only 2 days notice... if it hit would they even bother giving us advanced notice?
Toutatis is a long, irregularly shaped object that swings by Earth about once every four years, usually coming within a few million miles of our planet. The asteroid is officially classified as “potentially hazardous” but has very little chance of actually hitting the Earth. Astronomers have calculated that its odds of crashing into our planet over the next 600 years are effectively zero. This year’s pass brought Toutatis within about 3.7 million miles of Earth, roughly 15 times the Earth-moon distance, though the next flyby, in late 2016, will be at a more comfortable 23 million miles. The asteroid won’t get close again until 2069, when it be around 1.8 million miles from Earth.
Originally posted by ItDepends
I just found it amazing!!! NOT the title of the article........
"The asteroid was only spotted two days ago ......"
Only 2 days ago??? That tells me that almost anything could be headed our (Earth) and we may have 2 days or less to be prepared. Is this surprising to you as much as it is to me?
(visit the link for the full news article)
Asteroid 2012 XE54 was only recently discovered, and will safely pass between the Earth and the Moon’s orbit at a distance of about 226,000 km (141,000 miles) or about .6 lunar distances.
Originally posted by December21st2012
So it was a new one that nearly hit us then? What would have happened if it had? was it big enough to impact?
As observed from the asteroid 2012 XE54, which alongside a long-studied giant space rock named Toutatis will pass close to Earth later today.