Skip to comments.Asteroid size of 747 set to fly past Earth on Halloween
Posted on 10/30/2020 8:30:17 AM PDT by BenLurkin
The massive space rock, known as 2020 UX3, is estimated to have a diameter between 88 and 196 feet, according to NASA's Center for Near Earth Studies (CNEOS). For comparison purposes, the wingspan of a 747 is 225 feet long.
It will come within 3.2 million miles of Earth, traveling at roughly 36,000 miles per hour. Its size and its proximity to Earth make it a near-Earth object (NEO).
NASA unveiled a 20-page plan in 2018 that details the steps the U.S. should take to be better prepared for NEOs, such as asteroids and comets that come within 30 million miles of the planet.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in April 2019 that an asteroid strike is not something to be taken lightly and is perhaps Earth's biggest threat.
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What if the calculations are wrong!!!!!
Its the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!
Then someone gets a really cool light show.
I almost got hit by a bus the other day, it came within a quarter mile of me when I was in the cross walk.
I should write a headline about that!
Hollywud is nothing but reboots and sequels these days
The luggage could still arrive here
3.2 million miles! Damn that is close!
My car could do that in like only 5.2 years going 70 mph non stop, 24 hours per day without any service stops. I’m gonna need some sweet motor oil...
LOL...post of the day.
I have been hearing that the US Army is either developing or has developed a multi kilowatt laser. I am now wondering what the effect of such a laser would be on an asteroid.
Could it be used to create out gassing to change the trajectory?
Could it be used to cut up a NEO asteroid after it passes by and perhaps make the smaller pieces more susceptible to solar winds or the sun’s gravity?
Perhaps even accelerate rotational velocity until destruction from centripetal forces?
Could be an interesting job for the space force.
No, but my dad does.
“...It will come within 3.2 million miles of Earth,...”
BFD, let me know when objects are projected to either impact or pass by at less than 250,000 mi.
Thanks BenLurkin. See, if it were 737 in size, I'd have to take me down to Memphis on a midnight ride.
...roughly 36,000 miles per hour...
Only ten miles a second.
"Release the dogs"!
If calculations are wrong and it hits, depending on where of course, some folks for quite a few miles around are going to have a really bad day.
I don't have enough candy for a whole asteroid. Guess I should go to the store, just in case.
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