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LONDON: While Nasa is busy developing an Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) — a first ever mission to identify, capture and redirect an asteroid, earth experienced a close shave with a hurtling giant.
An asteroid as big as three football fields flew past earth on Monday at 27,000 miles per hour.
Dubbed as "potentially hazardous", the asteroid came close to about two million miles from causing serious damage to the blue planet. Named 2000 EM26, the asteroid that was first discovered on March 5, 2000 was a big rocky giant — about 885 feet in diameter.
Was this the one they had live the other night but they could barely observe it? just pictures where they had to try find movement in. Theres also another 2 this week i think? That are potentionally hazardous.
The 295-yard (270m ) asteroid - named 2000 EM26 - was streaking past Earth at a distance of about 2.1 million miles (3.4 million km little more than a year after another asteroid exploded on February 15, 2013, over Russia's Chelyabinsk. That asteroid injured 1,200 people following a massive shock wave that shattered windows and damaged buildings.
Slooh's flagship observatory on Mount Teide in Spain's Canary Islands was iced over and unable to be used for the 2000 EM26 viewing, Paul Cox, Slooh's technical and research director, said on the one-hour webcast. "We continue to discover these potentially hazardous asteroids - sometimes only days before they make their close approaches to Earth," Cox said in a statement before the show. He added, "We need to find them before they find us!"
But save us the drama. When something comes uncomfortably close I'm all for sounding the alarm. But this is like getting upset at the stink when someone changes a baby's diaper in Indonesia.
Just thought I'd post this for those that keep track of this kind of stuff
It is not a 'doom & gloom' thread, merely informational