reply to post by OrionsWitness
I never said you were a pompous ass, in fact I said I did not want to come off as a pompous ass. DA 14 is not the closest asteroid to ever come by
earth, in fact. The difference between an asteroid and meteor, is quite simply really.
A small rocky body orbiting the sun. Large numbers of these, ranging in size from nearly 600 miles (1,000 km) across to dust particles,...
A small body of matter from outer space that enters the earth's atmosphere, appearing as a streak of light.
A meteor that survives its passage through the earth's atmosphere such that part of it strikes the ground..
So if DA 14 were to enter the atmosphere as you claim, the moment it does so it's a meteor, if it strikes the surface as you so boldly claim, it
becomes a meteorite.
So in failing to even understand the English language, you have yourself come off as a pompous ass. Professing your grandeur in alerting the world of
a potentially fatal event thousands of scientist assure us all otherwise. \
I am not one to bit the bit willfully because others say so, but I am by far more likely to swallow what thousands of professional astronomers the
world over are saying over your own.
Math can be flawed, science can be flawed, but what you are suggesting is absurd.
Oh, and because DA 14 is only 45 meters across, it's actually classed as a " Meteoroid." How ever, we don't need to delve into that.
DA 14 is not even the closest asteroid, fly by we've experienced. Now, I'm not going to mention every meteor shower that has taken place in my
lifetime which are pieces of space rock entering our atmosphere. How ever you do need to understand Earth is hit by some kind of space rock every
second of every day. The majority of which go completely un-noticed, but that's okay you must already know that.
2008 Sudan event
On 6 October 2008, scientists calculated that a small near-Earth asteroid, 2008 TC3, just sighted that night, would impact the Earth on 7 October over
2009 Indonesia event
A large fireball was observed in the skies near Bone, Indonesia on October 8, 2009. This was thought to be caused by an asteroid approximately 10
meters in diameter. The fireball contained an estimated energy of 50 kilotons of TNT, or about twice the Nagasaki atomic bomb. No injuries were
2002 Eastern Mediterranean event
On 6 June 2002 an object with an estimated diameter of 10 meters collided with Earth. The collision occurred over the Mediterranean Sea, between
Greece and Libya, at approximately 34°N 21°E and the object exploded in mid-air. The energy released was estimated (from infrasound measurements) to
be equivalent to 26 kilotons of TNT, comparable to a small nuclear weapon
Oh wait, did you catch what I just did. These were so close they actually hit the earth!! OMG!!! Nothing happened though. Pretty light show, but no
body died. These were significant enough that people noticed anyhow. Moral of the story how ever, they burnt up in most cases before they even got
close to the ground.
Now, if you go to JPL in look in their archives we have had other close calls. To say this is the closest an asteroid has come is preposterous because
an impact event is the closest an asteroid has come.