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DavidTheGnome
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Asteroid to pass between Earth and Moon on Friday
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The asteroid, which is between 50 and 130 feet wide, will miss Earth by a distance of 39,000 miles — less than one-fifth the distance between Earth and the Moon.

On February 4, astronomers using the NASA-funded Catalina Sky Survey (CSS) detected two asteroids with orbits that take them between Earth and the Moon this week. Fortunately, neither object’s trajectory presents a threat to Earth.

In fact, the week’s first visiting asteroid — dubbed asteroid 2018 CC — has already completed its closest approach to Earth. The small rocky body zoomed by our planet on Tuesday, February 6, at 3:10 p.m. EST, just 35 minutes before SpaceX launched their Falcon Heavy rocket. Asteroid 2018 CC, which is estimated to be between 50 and 100 feet (15 and 30 meters) wide, came within about 114,000 miles (184,000 kilometers) of Earth.

On the other hand, the potentially more interesting asteroid — named asteroid 2018 CB — will pass by Earth on Friday, February 9, at around 5:30 p.m. EST. With an estimated size of between 50 and 130 feet (15 and 40 meters), this asteroid is not just larger than 2018 CC, but it also passes much closer to our planet. Asteroid 2018 CB will skirt by Earth at a distance of 39,000 miles (64,000 km), bringing it five times closer to us than the Moon.


This is why we have to invest in a defection and defense shield around the Earth. We didn’t even know about it until Feb 4 and it’s passing really frickin close. Would it’s orbit have been slightly different somewhere on Earth would be really screwed.


TeddyPadillac
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I wonder who built a death star millions of years ago and blew up a planet, sending pieces of it all over the galaxy.

on a more serious side, this does seem awfully close, and not much warning. I do'nt think NASA could find bruce willis and ben affleck and train them and send them up in space and drill a hole in the asteroid and blow it up in this short span of time.


LSUJuice
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Wouldn't most of it burn up in the atmosphere?


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Ill intercept with my drone


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Image: https://i.ytimg.com/vi/oYyRtkqsV6c/hqdefault.jpg


Thundarr, Ariel, and Ookla 'bout to wreck sheeit!!
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Would it’s orbit have been slightly different somewhere on Earth would be really screwed.


No. It’s only 130 ft wide and would burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere.


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What would an asteroid that size do to Earth?

Obvioiusly hitting a big city is one thing, but hitting the ocean?


DavidTheGnome
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Wouldn't most of it burn up in the atmosphere?



Yeah but it depends on different things like the angle it hits and composition of it etc. And at a certain size the thing is going to hit no matter if some explodes off.


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Trajectory would be the biggest factor


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TigerGman
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No. It’s only 130 ft wide and would burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere.



No way a chunk of rock that size would just burn up. Do you realize how small most metorites are?



The Pirate King
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No way a chunk of rock that size would just burn up. Do you realize how small most metorites are?


The g force would blow it to smithereens worst case scenario you have a couple large fragments come down somewhere in the world


dawgfan24348
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Would it’s orbit have been slightly different somewhere on Earth would be really screwed. 

No, the one that wiped out the dinosaurs was over 6 miles wide. This one would probably burn up in the atmosphere


jonboy
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Can't we fire a nuke at it and get some target practice?


TigerGman
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The g force would blow it to smithereens worst case scenario you have a couple large fragments come down somewhere in the world




The same G force that "blows to, smithereens" space junk etc. that comes back to earth?


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We need to figure out how to mine those things


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Will it hit the Tesla?!!


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What would an asteroid that size do to Earth?

Obvioiusly hitting a big city is one thing, but hitting the ocean?


Lots of factors, but the Tunguska Event was roughly 4 times bigger than this and blew up 4-6 miles above the surface of the earth. However, blowing up in the air isn't exactly safe - the Tunguska Event flattened 770 square miles of forest.


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Will it hit the Tesla?!!


First thing I thought of. That poor mannequin better watch his blind spot


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