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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., March 9 - An asteroid as big as a city block shot relatively close by the Earth on Saturday, the latest in a series of visiting celestial objects including an asteroid the size of a bus that exploded over Russia last month, injuring 1,500.
The scary part of this one is that it's something we didn't even know about," Patrick Paolucci, president of Slooh Space Camera, said during a webcast featuring live images of the asteroid from a telescope in the Canary Islands. Moving at a speed of about 26,000 miles per hour, the asteroid could have wiped out a large city if it had impacted the Earth, added Slooh telescope engineer Paul Cox.
Two other small asteroids, both about the size of the Russian meteor, will also be in Earth's neighborhood this weekend. Asteroid 2013 EC 20 passed just 93,000 miles away on Saturday - "a stone's thrown," said Cox. On Sunday, Asteroid 2013 EN 20 will fly about 279,000 miles from Earth. Both were discovered just three days ago. "We know that the solar system is a busy place," said Cox.
Originally posted by magma
Do people really want to know that an asteroid is going to destroy their city shortly before it does?
I find that somewhat disturbing.
reply to post by Klassified
We have better equipment and technology to scan the skies with. We have more of that equipment. We have learned how to look, and what to look for. Access to that information is not only more readily available, but more people know they can access that data.
Originally posted by Ophiuchus 13
Yes VR training way back then...
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Originally posted by cody599
It seems to me that earth is almost under attack at the moment