Asteroid close encounter tomorrow night!


25 Responses to “Asteroid close encounter tomorrow night!”

  1. chellberty says:

    Question “would they tell us if it really was going to hit?” Melancholia anyone?

    • Lobster says:

      They would, and I have evidence to suggest they’ve given similar warnings before past disasters.  Perhaps the most compelling case being the -*crushed by asteroid*

  2. Hmm… I don’t think people from my part of the world would be able to see it though.

  3. theophrastvs says:

    (dammit) ‘they’ should arrange to orbitally capture these proximal trespassers (a) for practice, (b) to use as base for all sorts of cool scientifical investigations and, (c) for its solid diamondium chewy nougat center.  and like, what’s the worst that could possibly happen?

  4. irksome says:

    “Ain’t no luck; I learned to duck.”

  5. LinkMan says:

    If only Pierce Brosnan hadn’t destroyed the Arecibo telescope back in 1995…

  6. Brainspore says:

    …a 1,300 foot asteroid, about the size of an aircraft carrier…

    Are we absolutely sure it’s NOT an aircraft carrier? Maybe the USS Nimitz got sucked into another one of those spacetime vortex thingies.

  7. CSBD says:

    Very similar to the Hammer Fall… I wounder if Tim Hamner is watching this?

  8. stayzuplate says:

    The future better not turn out like some stupid Michael Bay movie!

  9. planettom says:

    That one in 2028 though isn’t coming as close as originally thought:  It’s now projected to be 2.4 times the distance from the Earth to the Moon.   Asteroid (35396) 1997 XF11

    Of course, the impressive one is Apophis in 2029, which is going to come closer than geosynchronous satellites orbit.   Within spittin’ distance, and supposedly will be visible to the naked eye.

  10. MrBillWest says:

    Future famous last words: “Don’t worry, it won’t hit.”

  11. nosehat says:

    Either Boing Boing or my browser had a momentary glitch a little while ago, and the videos on the front page loaded in the wrong order for the posts.

    The one that loaded for this article was kind of an amusing coincidence:

    By the way, it’s back to normal now.

  12. Shibi_SF says:

    I guess this means that I won’t be able to see the asteroid with my Astroscan?  Usually we have too much low fog to see anything in the sky, but last night was so super clear.   I may have to just sit outside with the Astroscan and pretend that I can actually see YU55. 

  13. Felton / Moderator says:

    By my calculations, it came from somewhere in the vicinity of Klendathu.

  14. I’ve been trying to get the elements for this particular asteroid, with some amusing results. The first set put the asteroid on the opposite side of the Sun in a Hohmann like orbit between Earth and Mars (Rama anybody?). The next… well, cue Aerosmith. Probably my own software. Since I’ve had some problems doing so, I decided to see if anyone else managed to put up a nice track. While I’m still looking to see where I went wrong, here’s a nice plot setup by a fellow up in Duluth…
    Keep in mind that the asteroid is going to be close, so be sure to count on parallax. 
    If you actually plan on trying to find it.
    And good luck at that…

  15. Srsly, Give me a like if you agree that the US should take the lead in planetary asteroid defense.

    I wrote letters to both McCain and Obama about this in 2008 and at least got a form letter back form Obama

    We need to watch those asteroids and build a couple of plasma or ion powered interceptors in low Earth orbit.  And we need to start now!

    • Given the nature of the problem, I want anybody to have the lead, not just the US alone. This needs to be taken a bit more seriously. Remember, mass extinction is for everybody. 
      (Liking you for bringing it up!)

    • Guest says:

       And of course, the US can be trusted not to turn those sorts of things around 180 degrees? (or anyone, or any group for that matter).

  16. Cloudface says:

    Get ready for an air-kiss, Earth!

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