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'Hazardous' Asteroid Flies By Earth This Week


Science & Tech  (tags: astronomy, science, research, space, asteroid, nasa, safety, 4179 Toutatis )

Michael
- 656 days ago - cbc.ca
A five-kilometre wide asteroid is zipping past Earth this week, giving stargazers a show and doomsayers a bit of a scare.



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BarbCat SunshineLady (1653)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 8:07 pm
Awesome!! Thnx Michael!!
 

BarbCat SunshineLady (1653)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 8:10 pm
errr.....if it's hazardous it may not be that awesome ....
 

Heidi Aubrey (16)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 12:44 am
Amazing. We can now actually see what is coming our way.
 

mag.w.d. Aichberger (34)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 8:15 am
Amazing-resolution image ! ...cannot currently send a star to Michael ...

> hazardous
... errr moderately to hardly so:
With Earth a sighting-disk with "10" for center, "1" outmost, this was a minus 1083 score.


 

Dave C. (214)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 9:24 am
thanks!
 

Kath P. (10)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 11:35 am
Phew ;-)
 

Christeen Anderson (500)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 12:28 pm
Interesting.
 

Michael O. (173)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 4:38 pm
LOL Frack! The photo is pretty crappy, but that's what the CBC has on their site... :-(
 

Sue Matheson (71)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 7:15 pm
thanks
 

Parvez Zuberi (7)
Friday December 14, 2012, 2:28 am
thanks for the info
 

Marie Therese Hanulak (30)
Friday December 14, 2012, 8:59 am
Does not sound close to me.
 

Sergio Padilla (62)
Friday December 14, 2012, 9:28 am
Thanks, interesting
 

Patricia N. (8)
Friday December 14, 2012, 11:12 pm
Wow! Was this the one and it missed just by good luck?? Article said there have been some that were closer. They had better get going on those astro busting ideas we see in the movies.
 

Sandra M Z. (114)
Friday December 14, 2012, 11:19 pm
Here's a related spacy tune......Thomas Dolby N. E. O.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhlt6hCHvBI

What about Planet X?

Noted, Thank you Michael.
 

Tanya W. (52)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 4:20 am
Glad it missed!!!
 

Lindsay Kemp (1)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 8:50 am
Wowser!
 

Lois Jordan (56)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 3:35 pm
Noted. Thanks, Michael. I watched a TV news report that stated this asteroid came between Earth and the moon. This article stated it was much further out. So, I'm a bit confused.
 

Michael O. (173)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 3:45 pm
@Lois Jordan,

I believe the report you saw was about a much smaller asteroid that was only detected about two days before it passed the Earth. It did pass much closer than the one mentioned in this article. Apparently that one was about the size of the one that blew up over Siberia in 1908 and flattened trees for thousands of square miles.
 

Lois Jordan (56)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 4:58 pm
Yes--thanks, Michael. That clears it up for me. So, there were 2. Doubly interesting!
 
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