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Near Miss

2006-07-03 15:19:08.113143+00 by petronius 1 comments

You can make coffee now: according to the Guardian, at about 5:30 this morning Greenwich time, asteroid XP 41 passed the Earth at a distance slightly greater than that of the Moon. The size of the body is not known exactly, but at a minimum of 1,000 ft across, a collision would have been catastrophic. Scientists hope to use radar to measure the asteroid and its orbit with more precision.

Apparently this was not a surprise; the near miss orbit of XP 41 was already known to astronomers. In 2029 another asteroid is expected to pass within a mere 20,000 miles. Hmmm...I wonder if we could catch it?

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#Comment Re: made: 2006-07-03 15:40:13.832313+00 by: ebradway

Or maybe we could send Bruce Willis to his death, trying to redirect the asteroid from hitting the planet...