QE2 asteroid will fly by Earth


B00Mer
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QE2 asteroid will fly by Earth, stay safe 3.6 million miles away at closest approach on Friday



QE2 is set to sail ... at thousands of miles per second.

An asteroid more than 1 miles long -- with the same name as the famous cruise ship -- will zoom past Earth this week from a far-off distance.

The big rock is called Asteroid 1998 QE2 officially, and it will make its closest approach Friday. It will keep a safe distance of 3.6 million miles, or 15 times the distance between Earth and the moon. You won't be able to see it without a powerful telescope.

"Asteroid 1998 QE2 will be an outstanding radar imaging target," said radar astronomer Lance Benner, the principal investigator for the Goldstone radar observations from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

"Whenever an asteroid approaches this closely, it provides an important scientific opportunity to study it in detail to understand its size, shape, rotation, surface features, and what they can tell us about its origin. We will also use new radar measurements of the asteroid's distance and velocity to improve our calculation of its orbit and compute its motion farther into the future than we could otherwise."

It's believed to be about 1.7 miles long, or about nine times the length of the Queen Elizabeth 2 cruise ship. But that has nothing to do with its name. The letters and number in the name represent the timing and sequence of the asteroid's discovery in 1998.

Scientists will use large radar telescopes to study its shape, rotation and surface features.

"It is tremendously exciting to see detailed images of this asteroid for the first time," Benner said. "With radar we can transform an object from a point of light into a small world with its own unique set of characteristics."

Asteroids, which are always exposed to the sun, can be shaped like almost anything under it, NASA said. Those previously imaged by radar and spacecraft have looked like dog bones, bowling pins, spheroids, diamonds, muffins, and potatoes. To find out what 1998 QE2 looks like, stay tuned.

Read more: QE2 asteroid will fly by Earth, stay safe 3.6 million miles away at closest approach on Friday | Fox News



 
darkbeaver
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3.6 million miles isn't very wide a margin in space distance. If it farts we might be able to see it a lot better. Since it's not glowing yet there shouldn't be any electrical discharge.
 
petros
#3
Are you thinking comet instead of asteroid?

We'll get to see a spiffy comet this fall. We even might get to see what happens when the sun eats a comet whole.

I can hear it now... "Plasma? What plasma? The tail is dirty snowball dust."
 
B00Mer
#4
Well it's 2 hours to go when it passes.. it's 2 miles wide and has it's own moon..

NASA says nothing to worry about.. lol

Always trust the Government..



Send up the oil workers to save earth.
 
L Gilbert
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B00Mer
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We live is a cosmic shooting gallery, it's only a matter of time..

Armageddon trailer - YouTube
 
lone wolf
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Live it like you're dying....

I'm not about to dwell on it.
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolf View Post

Live it like you're dying....

I'm not about to dwell on it.

We all are, the minute we are born. Dying that is.
 
lone wolf
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Quote: Originally Posted by B00Mer View Post

We all are, the minute we are born. Dying that is.

So why dwell on shyte nobody has control of anyhow? From my perspective, if something is coming in on me at a million degrees and a gazillion miles an hour, I don't really want to be worried for the rest of my life about it.
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolf View Post

So why dwell on shyte nobody has control of anyhow? From my perspective, if something is coming in on me at a million degrees and a gazillion miles an hour, I don't really want to be worried for the rest of my life about it.

I'm interested (not dwelling) because it's cool, it's neat to watch and learn.. then again, I visited Meteor Crater.. so that sorta stuff I find educational and fun to see..

Discovery Channel is loaded with programs about space..

So feel free to come out of your cave and check out the world around you..

 
Blackleaf
+1
#11
This asteroid even has its own moon. That's something I've never heard of before.

The asteroid is the same size as the one which wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.


The first radar images of asteroid 1998 QE2 were obtained when the asteroid was about 3.75 million miles from Earth. The small white dot at lower right is the moon, or satellite, orbiting asteroid 1998 QE2

 
lone wolf
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Quote: Originally Posted by B00Mer View Post

I'm interested (not dwelling) because it's cool, it's neat to watch and learn.. then again, I visited Meteor Crater.. so that sorta stuff I find educational and fun to see..

Discovery Channel is loaded with programs about space..

So feel free to come out of your cave and check out the world around you..

I am.... Grant yourself the wisdom in knowing some things are best left un"known".
 
L Gilbert
+1
#13
hehe Being interested in something is different than worrying about it. This is interesting. I'd probably say the same thing (along with a few expletives) if the doodad were heading directly at me. It'd be one of those moments like these:

Last edited by L Gilbert; Jun 1st, 2013 at 04:18 PM..
 

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