Skip to comments.NASA reveals 1,600-foot asteroid will make ‘close approach’ to Earth in six days
Posted on 05/09/2022 4:50:37 PM PDT by BenLurkin
Thankfully, it will still be well over 3.5 million miles away, so there’s nothing to panic about.
Experts believe the asteroid is somewhere between 240 and 535 yards wide.
At the maximum possible length, that would make it bigger than the Empire State Building, the Shard and the Eiffel Tower.
It would dwarf the Statue of Liberty too.
The space rock — officially known as 388945 (2008 TZ3) — is expected to make its closest approach on Sunday, May 15.
Last time it paid a visit was in May 2020.
Back then it came even closer, at 1.7 million miles away.
It routinely gives Earth a wave about every two years...
The next time it’ll come anywhere near as close as this weekend won’t be until May 2163.
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Where's a cartoon of Lucy pulling an asteroid away from Charlie Brown with the earth as his head?
send it to DC
Wow. We’ll feel the wind of that one as it goes by.
Maybe it will push the earth off path.
If it comes that close every two years it’s bound to hit any century. How about we blow it up now?
It can hit DC for all I care.
It will just muss our hair a bit (Dr. Stangelove reference).
“If it comes that close every two years it’s bound to hit any century. How about we blow it up now?”
regardless of what Nasa wants you to believe, we do not have the capability do do anything like that at this point in time.
besides I printed up a bunch of Giant Meteor 2024 bumper stickers
We certainly have the capability to rendezvous a spacecraft with comets and asteroids; we’ve already done it a few times. We’ve just never sent up a nuke (as far as we the common people know). The only problem I see is that blowing up a big rock will just turn it into thousands of smaller rocks with greater likelihood to hit us.
Probably land on my mailbox. It has been hit 3 times in 2 weeks.
With no air in space there would be no shockwave, even from a nuke. Any force exerted against an asteroid would have to come from the direct impact of bomb shrapnel, and that’s not likely to do much. I wonder if the radiant heat from a nuclear explosion, if directed at a specific side of an asteroid, could produce enough of an opposite force to gently nudge it onto a different path on some future close pass. It certainly wouldn’t work in the short term, but maybe it could have a longer term effect.
Darn NASA teasing us again.
Or the moon. Space: 1999
I dont put stuff on my car
But that would be the first thing I’d put on it
Can’t we ever get even a teeny little rock to hit Washington DC?
I always thought the tech on the salvage 1 show was on point. Nasa could learn a few things. https://youtu.be/HODkJABWo08
Joel Higgins was awesome
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