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October 31, 2011

A city-block-sized asteroid will swing by Earth on November 8

According to this blog post on the Discovery Magazine Website, a “city-block-sized asteroid” will have a “close” (in astronomical terms) encounter with the Earth on November 8th. A 400 meter wide asteroid will be in motion 320,000 kilometers (approximately 200,000 miles) from the surface of the Earth, which is far enough away so those of us on Earth don’t have to worry about a collision but close enough so we can clearly see the asteroid in flight (with a “decent-sized” telescope). The blogger comments positively about current technology, which allows close-up shots of the asteroid to be taken and quickly transmitted around the world.

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2011/10/28/a-city-block-sized-asteroid-will-swing-by-earth-on-november-8/

Posted by djcarl at October 31, 2011 11:47 AM

Comments

I always thought it was interesting to learn about asteroids coming so close to earth. It would definitely be cool to see this asteroid through a telescope on November 8th. I've always wondered if there was a way to disturb the orbit of an asteroid in the event that an asteroid was predicted to collide with the earth. If an asteroid collided with the earth, would everything on earth be destroyed? I would be interested to find out more about this topic.

Posted by: abrod at October 31, 2011 01:26 PM

I think it would be really cool if NASA or other space organizations tried to land on the asteroid and placed a tracking device on it. It would be very interesting to see what the traveled path of this asteroid is going to be once it passes through our planet.

Posted by: amug at October 31, 2011 05:06 PM

Well this could prove to be an interesting reprieve after the exam. Why is it that people always ask "would everything on the earth be destroyed?" is space really that terrifying? We are "struck" by meteors all the time. You call them shooting stars. most burn up and nothing lands. but we still get small pieces landing every so often. is that scary? Why the interest in absolute destruction? I'm intrigued by this train of thought.

Posted by: larken at October 31, 2011 11:38 PM

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