Asteroid Near-Misses (AKA: Holy Shit! We're All Going to Die)

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We're all doomed again, there's still time to deflect it so that it hits Cromer though.

The American space agency is keeping a close eye on a massive asteroid that could eventually smash into Earth.

The asteroid, known as JF1 is designated a ‘near-Earth object’ (NEO) meaning it orbits the sun and comes close enough to our planet to cause concern.

‘Some asteroids and comets follow orbital paths that take them much closer to the Sun and therefore Earth – than usual,’ Nasa explained. ‘If a comet’s or asteroid’s approach brings it to within 1.3 astronomical units of the Sun, we call it a Near-Earth object.’ Experts believe that JF1 measures around 130 meters in diameter – and believe it’s about the size of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.

The asteroid JF1 was first discovered back in 2009 and Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has been watching it for the last decade. The space agency has tasked its automated asteroid watching system – known as Sentry – with keeping an eye on it. ‘Sentry is a highly automated collision monitoring system that continually scans the most current asteroid catalogue for possibilities of future impact with Earth over the next 100 years,’ Nasa said. They believe, were it to strike Earth, it would be the equivalent to detonating 230 kilotonnes of TNT. That kind of a detonation would dwarf the force of the Hiroshima atomic bomb in 1945, which exploded with the force of 15 kilotonnes of TNT.


Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2019/11/14/nasa...article.desktop.share.top.twitter?ito=cbshare
 

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We're all doomed again...

The asteroid, known as JF1 is designated a ‘near-Earth object’ (NEO) meaning it orbits the sun and comes close enough to our planet to cause concern.

‘Some asteroids and comets follow orbital paths that take them much closer to the Sun and therefore Earth – than usual,’ Nasa explained. ‘If a comet’s or asteroid’s approach brings it to within 1.3 astronomical units of the Sun, we call it a Near-Earth object.’
Just for context, "1.3 astronomical units" is almost 121,000,000 miles.

Besides, warble gloaming will get us first. Or Ebola. Or plastic in orangutans.

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’ Nasa said. They believe, were it to strike Earth, it would be the equivalent to detonating 230 kilotonnes of TNT. That kind of a detonation would dwarf the force of the Hiroshima atomic bomb in 1945, which exploded with the force of 15 kilotonnes of TNT.


Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2019/11/14/nasa...article.desktop.share.top.twitter?ito=cbshare
When one considers that we have detonated Hydrogen bombs in the MegaTonne, 230 Kilotonnes is hardly an existential thread; unless you happen to be in the locality.
 
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Forget Corona Virus! The Asteroid Cometh!

Don't worry about coronavirus. A "killer asteroid" could wipe out life on Earth long before the epidemic.
  • As if the coronavirus plague isn’t terrifying enough, the Earth will cross paths with a planet-destroying asteroid this Saturday.
  • It’s larger than the tallest building on Earth, and big enough to trigger a major impact event, nuclear winter, and mass extinctions.
  • NASA has officially classified the planet killer as a “Potentially Hazardous Asteroid” (PHA). It will miss by just 0.038 astronomical units.
https://www.ccn.com/forget-coronavirus-this-earth-destroyer-asteroid-could-kill-you-first/
 
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