Three days ago they discovered a 30 meter asteroid - today it passed the earth only 46K miles up

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Three days ago they discovered a 30 meter asteroid - today it passed the earth only 46K miles up

Currently (March 3 2009) a newly-discovered asteroid, 2009 DD45, is flying past Earth at only 74,800 km (46,478.5 miles or 0.000482 AU) away. That's only about twice the height of a typical geostationary communications satellite, and well inside the moon's orbit. Talk about a close call, and we never even saw it coming.

According to Spaceweather.com, the 30- to 40-meter wide space rock is similar in size to the Tunguska impactor of 1908, but this time there is no danger of a collision.

At closest approach on March 2nd, (which just occurred) 2009 DD45 will speed through the constellation Virgo shining as brightly as an 11th magnitude star.

So if you're in the Pacific region like Hawaii or Tahiti, go out and take a look! But this rock is moving fairly fast, and by tonight, it will only be 13th magnitude, and fading fast.

More here http://www.universetoday.co...
By netchicken: posted on 3-3-2009








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