Friday, February 15, 2013
The meteor reportedly unleashing a shock wave that smashed windows, collapsed roofs and injured more than 980 people.
The Washington Post reports a meteor that disintegrated Friday morning over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, injuring more than 980 people, has no connection to an asteroid set to come within 17,200 miles of Earth about 2:25 p.m. today. Check out a photo gallery of images of the site where the meteor hit and the damage it left in its wake, shared by the Washington Post. The following was posted on NASA's website: Those here in the United States interested in watching the asteroid can do so online — click here to watch NASA's Ustream. Subscribe to Peachtree Corners Patch’s newsletters, follow us on Twitter and “like” us on Facebook.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
The asteroid is cutting it close. It will pass 17,200 miles from earth, about 1/13th the distance from the Earth to the moon, on Feb. 15.
Thursday, February 14
Things in space can get far out — literally. But sometimes things get a little too close for comfort. Thank goodness that's not the case with an asteroid the size of a cruise ship — 2012 DA14 — that Discovery News reports will safely bypass Earth on Feb. 15. But, and there IS a but ... in relative space distances, the asteroid is cutting it close — 17,200 miles from our planet or 1/13th the distance from the Earth to the moon, according to the report. The asteroid is coming close enough that Earth's gravitational pull will affect its orbit around the sun, shortening it from 368 days to 317. If something the size of Asteroid 2012 DA14 did hit Earth, it would cause crippling damage on a local scale. According to the report, it is …
Monday, June 27, 2011
Asteroid will zip by 7,500 miles above Earth or about the same distance as Peachtree Corners to Afghanistan.
Monday, June 27, 2011
A team tasked with monitoring the skies for near-Earth objects (NEOs) that threaten the planet has discovered an asteroid that will pass only 7,500 miles above the Earth’s surface today, June 27, at about 9:30 a.m., according to a NASA statement -- a distance roughly the same as between Peachtree Corners and Kabul, Afghanistan. The asteroid, named 2011 MD, was discovered by the Lincoln Near Earth Asteroid Research (LINEAR) project, a program funded by the United States Air Force and NASA. A statement posted June 23 on NASA’s Near Earth Object Program website indicates the newly discovered asteroid will make its closest approach to Earth in the southern hemisphere over the southern Atlantic Ocean. In those areas, the asteroid should be …