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Asteroid narrowly missed the earth last Friday! It was discovered only 15 hours before it's flyby! Scary or what??

An asteroid narrowly missed the earth last Friday. It came within 8700 miles, the distance between New York and Bangkok and closer than our satellites.

The small asteroid would not have been an earth ender, but would have caused catastrophic damage.

Maybe we should rethink the NASA funding......

http://www.universetoday.com/2009/11/09/surprise-unknown-asteroid-buzzed-earth/

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yourspecialkid

Asked by yourspecialkid at 10:58 AM on Nov. 12, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:58 AM on Nov. 12, 2009

  • Wow, I never even heard about it?? I mean the astroid.
    KFree907

    Answer by KFree907 at 11:06 AM on Nov. 12, 2009

  • They were talking about it on Fox this morning. They interviewed a guy, can't remember his name..he is the Asian descent guy that does lots of space type shows on the "discover" type channels.

    Can you imagine how freaked out they must have been before the trajectory was figured??
    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 11:18 AM on Nov. 12, 2009

  • Think about how BIG space is - we can only monitor a very small portion of it at any one time. It doesn't surprise me that we miss projectiles like this.
    psugal

    Answer by psugal at 12:13 PM on Nov. 12, 2009

  • We monitor only 2-3 percent of the sky at any given time. I would not be shocked if we were hit and they had no clue until it happened.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:15 PM on Nov. 12, 2009

  • President: We didn't see this thing coming?
    Dan: Well, our object collison budget's a million dollars. That allows us to track about 3% of the sky, and beg'n your pardon sir, but it's a big-ass sky.


    ~Armageddon


    Yes, we need to fund NASA, it's a no brainer IMO. Between the junk hurling thru space and the technology we have gained from it, it's very important, even if some people don't get it.

    Friday

    Answer by Friday at 12:18 PM on Nov. 12, 2009

  • Really not surprised, kind of scary though.
    BlueCollarMama

    Answer by BlueCollarMama at 12:18 PM on Nov. 12, 2009

  • I love your answer Friday!!
    Ibelongtojesus

    Answer by Ibelongtojesus at 1:32 PM on Nov. 12, 2009

  • They don't tell you squat for the fear of people panicking. That's how the dinosars were eliminated.  LOL


    2012 here we come. Ha!

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:59 PM on Nov. 12, 2009

  • Trajectory of Asteroid 2009 VA Past Earth on November 6, 2009. Credit: NASA/JPL.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:03 PM on Nov. 12, 2009

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