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Pierre.Suave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 05:39 PM
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Surprise Asteroid Buzzed Earth Monday
Edited on Sat Mar-07-09 05:43 PM by Pierre.Suave
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.

At just 65 to 164 feet (20 to 50 meters) wide, the asteroid "was much fainter than anything visible to the naked eye" even during close approach, Spahr said.



http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/03/090302-...

forgot the link, sorry...
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MrScorpio Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 05:41 PM
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1. I wonder how big this thing was
Any details?
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Pierre.Suave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 05:43 PM
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2. sorry
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kentauros Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 05:44 PM
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3. According to the following source
it was the size of a ten-storey building:

http://www.dvorak.org/blog/2009/03/02/surprise-asteroid...
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Pierre.Suave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 09:47 PM
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4. People, this is HUGH!!!!
you were 36 minutes away from dying.
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