joi, 7 aprilie 2011

Huge Asteroid to Pass Near Earth in November

- Mark your calendars for an impressive and upcoming flyby of an asteroid that’s one of the larger potentially perilous space rocks in the heavens – in terms of smacking the Earth in the future.
It’s the case of asteroid 2005 YU55, a round mini-world that is about 1,300 feet (400 meters) in diameter. In early November, this asteroid will approach Earth within a scant 0.85 lunar distances. Full story:

* NASA: Mysterious Fireball Season Set to Light Up Night Sky... U.S. Must Be Ready to Meet Asteroid Threat, White House Science Adviser Says... Cdn and American astronauts want world to start getting ready for asteroids...Our terrifyingly crowded solar system: New video reveals just how many asteroids are out there... Gigantic hidden planet could be hurling comets at the rest of the solar system... National Geographic (November 19, 2008): "High-energy electrons captured over Antarctica could reveal the presence of a nearby but MYSTERIOUS ASTROPHYSICAL OBJECT that's bombarding Earth with cosmic rays, researchers say":