It's 1.7 miles long. Its surface is covered in a sticky black substance similar to the gunk at the bottom of a barbecue. If it impacted Earth it would probably result in global extinction. Good thing it is just making a flyby. Asteroid 1998 QE2 will make its closest pass to Earth on May 31 at 1:59 p.m. PDT. Scientists are not sure where this unusually large space rock, which was discovered 15 years ago, originated from. But the mysterious sooty substance on its surface could indicate it may be the result of a comet that flew too close to the sun, said Amy Mainzer, who tracks near-Earth objects at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge. It might also have leaked out of the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, she said.
Originally posted by curiouswa
So, what do you think ATS? Could Earth pull this asteroid into its atmosphere?
Originally posted by Optix
How the hell do they know there is a sooty substance on it?
Orbit: a = 1.55 +/- 0.07 AU e = 0.50 +/- 0.02 q = 0.768 +/- 0.011 AU Q = 2.33 +/- 0.14 AU (equinox 2000.0) Peri. = 109.7 +/- 1.8 deg Node = 326.41 deg i = 3.6 +/- 0.7 deg
The documentary collected incredible details about the event and the research efforts performed by several groups in the world to reconstruct the details of the impact. The result is shocking and must be seen. No mention to the research made by our group or the group of the Czech Academy of Sciences appears in the video. Still a brief cameo of this weblog appears at minute 34:51 See the original video here: l