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Skyscraper-size asteroid will blaze past Earth in a close approach this Sunday
livescience.com ^ | Brandon Specktor

Posted on 07/16/2022 10:38:32 AM PDT by BenLurkin

An asteroid the size of a 50-story skyscraper will zoom past Earth Sunday (July 17), making its closest approach to our planet in nearly 100 years.

The meaty space rock, dubbed 2022 KY4, will safely miss Earth by about 3.8 million miles (6.1 million kilometers), or more than 16 times the average distance between Earth and the moon, according to NASA. This is considerably farther afield than the asteroid 2022 NF, which came within 56,000 miles (90,000 km) — or about 23% the average distance between Earth and the moon — on July 7.

Asteroid 2022 KY4 is about 290 feet (88 meters) in diameter at its widest visible point and is traveling at an estimated 16,900 mph (27,000 km/h)...

The space rock has made several close approaches to Earth before, most recently in 1959 and 1948. The asteroid won't make another close approach to our planet until May 2048...

(Excerpt) Read more at livescience.com ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Science
KEYWORDS: asteroid; asteroid2022ky4; asteroids; astronomy; lookwhohatesscience; science
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1 posted on 07/16/2022 10:38:32 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin
The meaty space rock, dubbed 2022 KY4

Relax and it will slide right past us.

2 posted on 07/16/2022 10:41:08 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (We are already in a revolutionary period, and the Rule of Law means nothing. It's "whatever".)
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To: BenLurkin

DUCK! ;)


3 posted on 07/16/2022 10:42:28 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have, 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set. )
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To: ClearCase_guy

Dam...at this point I’m rooting for the asteroid


4 posted on 07/16/2022 10:42:41 AM PDT by tophat9000 (Tophat90000)
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To: ClearCase_guy

meaty, beaty, big, and bouncy.


5 posted on 07/16/2022 10:43:38 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("hold my phone; I'm from Alaska")
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To: tophat9000

SMOD


6 posted on 07/16/2022 10:44:04 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit.)
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To: BenLurkin

Skyscraper-size asteroid will blaze past Earth in a close approach this Sunday ... big ones to follow ...


7 posted on 07/16/2022 10:49:06 AM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now its your turn)
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To: BenLurkin

A direct hit on DC with all politicians in session would be nice.


8 posted on 07/16/2022 10:49:21 AM PDT by AbolishCSEU (Amount of "child" support paid is inversely proportionate to mother's actual parenting of children)
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To: ClearCase_guy

It will never get higher than 5 degrees elevation where I live, and at 17.5 Magnitude, I would need a 40 inch diameter scope to see it at all.


9 posted on 07/16/2022 10:52:13 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit.)
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To: BenLurkin

“Close approach”??

Fifteen times further than the moon!


10 posted on 07/16/2022 10:57:40 AM PDT by aquila48 (Do not let them make you "care" ! Guilting you is how they control you. )
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To: BenLurkin

“...(S)kyscraper-size asteroid will blaze past Earth in a close approach this Sunday”

“Close approach” is SIXTEEN TIMES as far away as the moon, fer chrissakes!! Let me know when it flies a couple miles over Walla Walla, then we can call it a “close approach.” Heck, using the same language as these alarmists, we could just as easily say “The MOON, a FULL QUARTER of the size as EARTH, CONTINUALLY MENACES Earth from ONLY a quarter-million miles away! We’re DOOOOMED!!!”


11 posted on 07/16/2022 10:57:51 AM PDT by GOP Congress
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To: tophat9000

Sad to say, me too. Can we steer it where we need it? 😅✌🚀


12 posted on 07/16/2022 10:59:04 AM PDT by rktman (Destroy America from within? Check! WTH? Enlisted USN 1967 to end up with this? 😕)
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To: GOP Congress

Relax, there’s at least one out there that has our name on it... Coming soon...


13 posted on 07/16/2022 11:03:47 AM PDT by Jim W N (MAGA by restoring the Gospel of the Grace of Christ (Jude 3) and our Free Constitutional Republic!)
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To: BenLurkin
Again?

Just another big tease, I'm afraid. /smirk

14 posted on 07/16/2022 11:05:28 AM PDT by Salman (It's not a "slippery slope" if it was part of the program all along. )
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To: BenLurkin

If you even see an asteroid “blazing” that means it’s in the atmosphere above you and your remaining life is measured in milliseconds.


15 posted on 07/16/2022 11:11:34 AM PDT by JustaTech (A mind is a terrible thing)
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To: GOP Congress

A miss is as good as a mile (or a few million).


16 posted on 07/16/2022 11:14:13 AM PDT by MtnClimber (For photos of Colorado scenery and wildlife, click on my screen name for my FR home page.)
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To: NonValueAdded

Who?


17 posted on 07/16/2022 11:16:00 AM PDT by jeffc (Let's Go Brandon!)
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To: ClearCase_guy

“Meaty” ... Brisket? T-bone? Filet? Tenderloin? Come a little bit closer 2022 KY4.


18 posted on 07/16/2022 11:26:34 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom (“...see whether we in our day and generation may not perform something worthy to be remembered.”)
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To: jeffc

exactly


19 posted on 07/16/2022 11:26:58 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("hold my phone; I'm from Alaska")
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To: aquila48

yeah, it will blaze by Earth the same way a track runner in Tokyo blazes past my house.


20 posted on 07/16/2022 11:27:47 AM PDT by bigbob (z)
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