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    Re: Giant Asteroid to hit the Earth on 11/9?

    When it's time, it's time. Why stress over it?

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    Re: Giant Asteroid to hit the Earth on 11/9?

    Below is a link for 2005 YU55, JPL Small-Body Database Browser:

    JPL Small-Body Database Browser

    It does appear to be a wee bit close to us on the ninth.
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    Re: Giant Asteroid to hit the Earth on 11/9?

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Yes, and Elvis Presley will be driving it....

    OK, with that nonsense out of the way, Asteroid YU55 is going to come pretty damn close, if you consider 175,000 miles close.

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    The average distance from Earth to the Moon is 384,403 kilometers (238,857 miles).
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    Re: Giant Asteroid to hit the Earth on 11/9?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Lunar distance (astronomy) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    The average distance from Earth to the Moon is 384,403 kilometers (238,857 miles).
    Right, and how often has the moon hit the earth?
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    Re: Giant Asteroid to hit the Earth on 11/9?

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    Right, and how often has the moon hit the earth?
    The moon orbits the earth,so unless something happens to the moon it is never going to hit the earth. The asteroid does not orbit around the earth and the youtube video did say there was a small chance it could hit the earth. Besides that the OP was talking about 175,000 miles being far.
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    Re: Giant Asteroid to hit the Earth on 11/9?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    The moon orbits the earth,so unless something happens to the moon it is never going to hit the earth. The asteroid does not orbit around the earth and the youtube video did say there was a small chance it could hit the earth. Besides that the OP was talking about 175,000 miles being far.
    Well it is pretty far, especially when you consider the asteroid is only 1/4 mile in diameter.
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    Re: Giant Asteroid to hit the Earth on 11/9?

    Question: Will the asteroid, as small as it is, exert gravitational or similar force upon the Earth? If so, how long would such force take to register and how significant could it be?
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    Re: Giant Asteroid to hit the Earth on 11/9?

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    Asteroids are prone to sudden cravings for ice cream. This happens regularly.

    Whew! Now I'm glad the Baskin-Robbins in town closed down...

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    Re: Giant Asteroid to hit the Earth on 11/9?

    Quote Originally Posted by GreenvilleGrows View Post
    Question: Will the asteroid, as small as it is, exert gravitational or similar force upon the Earth? If so, how long would such force take to register and how significant could it be?

    Technically yes; pragmatically no. The asteroid is only 1300 feet across. It's gravitational field would be measured in 1/1000ths of one G. If you were standing on its surface, you might be in peril of achieving the asteroid's own escape velocity by jumping very hard. (IE fly off the surface and into space by jumping). I don't have the equations handy for calculating G from size/mass/density on hand or I'd tell you exactly.


    Nope, no earthquakes or tsunami or anything like that, from a near-miss. It's way too small.


    If it hit, it wouldn't be TEOTWAWKI. It would be pretty darn bad for somebody, but not a dino-killer or climate-wrecker, let alone a planet-killer.

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    Re: Giant Asteroid to hit the Earth on 11/9?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    The moon orbits the earth,so unless something happens to the moon it is never going to hit the earth. The asteroid does not orbit around the earth and the youtube video did say there was a small chance it could hit the earth. Besides that the OP was talking about 175,000 miles being far.
    Well, it's not like 175,000 miles is a trip to the corner store, is it?
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