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(Live Science)   Oh nothing, just an asteroid four times the size of the Empire State Building buzzing by Earth   (livescience.com) divider line
    More: Interesting, Asteroid, Moon, enormous asteroid, NASA's Center, Near-Earth object, Impact crater, close approach, Earth objects  
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2022-05-22 10:41:43 AM  
This is not a repeat of the past thousands of times this has happened.
 
2022-05-22 11:41:55 AM  
Do it's elevators also smell of wee?
 
2022-05-22 12:57:39 PM  
10x Earth to the Moon is not really a "buzz by"
 
2022-05-22 1:27:55 PM  
I guess nobody has told them that a moon roughly a quarter the size of our planet is only 250,000 miles away. Every day! Auuugghhhhh!
 
2022-05-22 1:50:08 PM  

kdawg7736: This is not a repeat of the past thousands of times this has happened.


Hundreds of millions of times, but I think we're in agreement on the important part.
 
2022-05-22 1:56:31 PM  

sno man: 10x Earth to the Moon is not really a "buzz by"


It's better than that giant comet which is "approaching us" out beyond Saturn's orbit.
 
2022-05-22 2:09:10 PM  
So that makes about 2x a year. This is what is wrong with NYC they are stealing anything not nailed down these days.
 
2022-05-22 2:22:04 PM  
I sort of want them to place a few fast response probes in orbit to go chase some of these objects. Perhaps latch on. Use a chemical rocket to match orbit, sample, then an ion drive to rerun.
 
2022-05-22 2:46:46 PM  
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2022-05-22 2:49:44 PM  
How many Rhode islands is that?
 
2022-05-22 3:17:59 PM  
Wake me when we're ready to put an ion thruster or something on one of these things with the long term goal of getting it into a convenient orbit around the Earth.  Even if it takes decades.  Because it would be a challenge, because we can, and because there would actually be significant rewards with such a program, from start to finish.
 
2022-05-22 4:32:33 PM  
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2022-05-22 4:56:00 PM  
Wtf guys I thought we were measuring asteroids in giraffes now.
 
2022-05-22 5:33:27 PM  

bingethinker: I guess nobody has told them that a moon roughly a quarter the size of our planet is only 250,000 miles away. Every day! Auuugghhhhh!


And it's falling right towards us!
 
2022-05-22 6:22:50 PM  

plecos: bingethinker: I guess nobody has told them that a moon roughly a quarter the size of our planet is only 250,000 miles away. Every day! Auuugghhhhh!

And it's falling right towards us!


Err... it's falling (more or less) perpendicular to us, which it's been doing for about 4 billion years or so.  Don't ask about the rock before that, though.  That was a big ouchie.
 
2022-05-22 6:34:18 PM  

Unsung_Hero: plecos: bingethinker: I guess nobody has told them that a moon roughly a quarter the size of our planet is only 250,000 miles away. Every day! Auuugghhhhh!

And it's falling right towards us!

Err... it's falling (more or less) perpendicular to us, which it's been doing for about 4 billion years or so.  Don't ask about the rock before that, though.  That was a big ouchie.


yes I was technically correct

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2022-05-22 6:53:07 PM  

Ivo Shandor: sno man: 10x Earth to the Moon is not really a "buzz by"

It's better than that giant comet which is "approaching us" out beyond Saturn's orbit.


128 km wide at close to 40000 km/h. Noice
 
2022-05-22 7:36:54 PM  
I know i should not get all bent out of shape about this, but an asteroid who passes 10 times the distance to the moon is not a close encounter! let me know when it comes in..oh idon't know maybe a million miles? these stories are such bullshiat
 
2022-05-22 8:53:09 PM  

Unsung_Hero: Wake me when we're ready to put an ion thruster or something on one of these things with the long term goal of getting it into a convenient orbit around the Earth.  Even if it takes decades.  Because it would be a challenge, because we can, and because there would actually be significant rewards with such a program, from start to finish.


Including when one of the positioning thrusters fails, sending it on an intercept course with Tallahassee

dot dot dot
 
2022-05-22 8:53:46 PM  

Firm Tautology: Unsung_Hero: Wake me when we're ready to put an ion thruster or something on one of these things with the long term goal of getting it into a convenient orbit around the Earth.  Even if it takes decades.  Because it would be a challenge, because we can, and because there would actually be significant rewards with such a program, from start to finish.

Including when one of the positioning thrusters fails, sending it on an intercept course with Tallahassee

dot dot dot


I'm willing to risk it.
 
2022-05-23 1:57:05 AM  
Hey Subby, your mom wants me to ask whether that's length or girth?
 
2022-05-23 6:02:37 AM  
Sure. It shows up NOW. We were looking for it 6 years ago during the  election.
 
2022-05-23 11:58:57 AM  

Everything is Awful: Wtf guys I thought we were measuring asteroids in giraffes now.


Giraffes are a measure of height.  Asteroid weight is calculated in blue whales.
 
2022-05-23 6:44:41 PM  

Raoul Eaton: Everything is Awful: Wtf guys I thought we were measuring asteroids in giraffes now.

Giraffes are a measure of height.  Asteroid weight is calculated in blue whales.


Or bowls of petunias.
 
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