posted on Dec, 23 2012 @ 09:42 AM
Originally posted by CranialSponge
I wonder how the average citizen would react if they found out just how much hazardous space stuff threatens our planet on a daily basis ?
Maybe NASA has the right idea by not informing everyone of everything...
It doesn't work like that. While many people indeed stay ignorant of the available data and would feel panicky when told about it, no one is hiding
anything. Amateur astronomers and various observatories around the world discover new asteroids rutinely, and the data is shared freely, primarily
through the Minor Planet Center. www.minorplanetcenter.org...
NASA also makes the data available through JPL.
Anyone with a decent telescope equipped with a camera can contribute and participate in study of these objects.
Even Wikipedia says that a large boulder-sized meteor hits the Earth 1 to 3 times a year, producing an aerial explosion with the force of a small
As mentioned above, we are simply better at discovering these asteroids than before. Telescopes and imaging devices become better, and there are more
organised networks (some run by amateurs), like this one. lfvn.astronomer.ru...
P.S. 2012 YQ1 will pass us at 41. 8 LD, that's waaay too far to even get interested in it. It will be fainter than Pluto even during the close
approach, so will require a large telescope to see. The other asteroid, 2012 YO1, already flew by on Dec 18.
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