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Asteroid Passes Within 41,000 Miles of Earth. Another Warning?

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National Geographic: Sky-watchers in Asia, Australia, and the Pacific islands welcomed a surprise guest Monday: an asteroid that passed just 41,010 miles (66,000 kilometers) above Earth.

Discovered only days ago, asteroid 2009 DD45 zipped between our planet and the moon at 13:44 universal time (8:44 a.m. ET). The asteroid was moving at about 12 miles (20 kilometers) a second when it was closest to Earth.

“We get objects passing fairly close, or closer than this, every few months,” Timothy Spahr, director of the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center in Massachusetts, said in an email.

“Also, though, note these are only the ones that are discovered. Many more pass this close undetected”-as asteroid 2009 DD45 nearly did.

Astronomers didn’t notice the oncoming asteroid until February 28, when it showed up as a faint dot in pictures taken at the Siding Spring Observatory in Australia.

At that point the asteroid was already a mere 1.5 million miles (2.4 million kilometers) from Earth, and closing in fast.

bspcomment Why do I get the feeling that this lastest close call is one of our final warnings to start looking out for these astroids and to have actionable plans for dealing with them. Finding an astroid like this one only days from potential impact is useless. Of course spending TRILLIONS on banks and wars makes much more sense then looking out for Extinction Level Events like an astroid impact such as this one could have been!

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Written by mattliving

March 3, 2009 at 1:16 pm

Posted in Space, Survival, Video

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