50-meter asteroid will come within 17,000 miles of Earth on 2/15/2013

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22 Responses to “50-meter asteroid will come within 17,000 miles of Earth on 2/15/2013”

  1. duncancreamer says:

    Didn’t something like this just happen – came within the orbit of the moon or somesuch?

  2. semiotix says:

    Ha! Nice try, God/nature/universe/asteroid. 

    On behalf of humanity and its assorted subaltern biomes, I’d just like to say that this confirms once again that we’re invincible, and that nothing can possibly go wrong now.

  3. Felix Turner says:

    A 50m asteroid would vaporize in the atmosphere (e.g. Tunguska Event) so no biggie.

  4. SamSam says:

    The link for the quote should probably be http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2013/28jan_2012da/, not nymag. The post at nymag has even less content than this post.

  5. shutz says:

    Just one day late for a Valentine’s Day kiss…

    …of DEATH!

  6. dagfooyo says:

    I wonder if an appropriately-sized asteroid collision, say into a mostly empty place such as the Sahara or Siberia, could be engineered such as to do minimal harm to humans or wildlife but still kick up enough dust to temporarily counteract some of the effects of global warming by cooling the planet down for a few years.  In essence it could be a mini nuclear winter without all that nasty radiation.  Give the ice caps a chance to grow back, etc.

  7. planettom says:

    it’s not going to hit, but that it’s coming closer than geosynchronous satellites is what makes it interesting.   

    Apophis will do the same in 2029 (Apophis is a lot bigger though, 270 meters to this asteroid’s 50 meters or so).

    I note that at least one observatory on east coast U.S.A. is having observing from 8pm-10pm ET on Feb. 15th of 2012 DA14 (Rolnick Observatory in Connecticut’s Facebook page).

  8. zachstronaut says:

    Feb 15 is Galileo Galilei’s birthday.

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