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#1 Hum

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 23:08

It's 1.7 miles long. Its surface is covered in a sticky black substance similar to the gunk at the bottom of a barbecue. If it impacted Earth it would probably result in global extinction. Good thing it is just making a flyby.

Asteroid 1998 QE2 will make its closest pass to Earth on May 31 at 1:59 p.m. PDT.

Scientists are not sure where this unusually large space rock, which was discovered 15 years ago, originated from. But the mysterious sooty substance on its surface could indicate it may be the result of a comet that flew too close to the sun, said Amy Mainzer, who tracks near-Earth objects at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge. It might also have leaked out of the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, she said.

We will know more after the asteroid zips closer to Earth and scientists using the Deep Space Network antenna in Goldstone, Calif., and the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico can get a better look at it. Astronomers at both observatories plan to track it closely from May 30 to June 9, according to a JPL release.

At its closest approach the asteroid will still be 3.6 million miles from our planet (about 15 times the distance between the Earth and the moon), but it will be close enough for these powerful radar antennas to see features as small as 12 feet across.

There is no chance that asteroid 1998 QE2 could collide with Earth this go-around, and its next close approach won't be until 2119.

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 09:23

All man the... dash-cams!

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 13:22

Launch the retro-thrusters ! :woot:

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 02:47

so no end of the world parties? that sucks, Its already may and I have not heard of a single inpending doom... last years 2 end of the world parties were epic ... need another... come on nut jobs!

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 03:10

It's 1.7 miles long. Its surface is covered in a sticky black substance similar to the gunk at the bottom of a barbecue. If it impacted Earth it would probably result in global extinction. Good thing it is just making a flyby.

Asteroid 1998 QE2 will make its closest pass to Earth on May 31 at 1:59 p.m. PDT.

Scientists are not sure where this unusually large space rock, which was discovered 15 years ago, originated from. But the mysterious sooty substance on its surface could indicate it may be the result of a comet that flew too close to the sun, said Amy Mainzer, who tracks near-Earth objects at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge. It might also have leaked out of the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, she said.

We will know more after the asteroid zips closer to Earth and scientists using the Deep Space Network antenna in Goldstone, Calif., and the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico can get a better look at it. Astronomers at both observatories plan to track it closely from May 30 to June 9, according to a JPL release.

At its closest approach the asteroid will still be 3.6 million miles from our planet (about 15 times the distance between the Earth and the moon), but it will be close enough for these powerful radar antennas to see features as small as 12 feet across.

There is no chance that asteroid 1998 QE2 could collide with Earth this go-around, and its next close approach won't be until 2119.

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QE2? uh.. that'd be the Quantitative easing 2 from this guy;

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haha just kidding...

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 15:27

Amazing how these asteroids almost always miss our Moon, too.

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 15:29

Ban asteroids!!!

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 03:13

I for one am glad it's missing us.

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 19:08

QE2? uh.. that'd be the Quantitative easing 2 from this guy;

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lol i thought of the exact same thing. QE2 in 1998? :p

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 22:23

A huge asteroid sailed safely past Earth Friday afternoon, making its closest approach to our planet for at least the next two centuries.

Asteroid 1998 QE2, which is about 1.7 miles (2.7 kilometers) wide, cruised within 3.6 million miles (5.8 million km) of Earth at 4:59 p.m. EDT (2059 GMT) today, then slipped silently off into the depths of space once again.

There was no chance the 1.7-mile-wide 1998 QE2 would hit us, researchers say.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.c...s#ixzz2UuaAS8ai

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Posted 01 June 2013 - 03:09

Whew. Missed again. :)

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Posted 01 June 2013 - 09:33

Who knows, being an alien spacecraft it just might pull a u-turn yet :laugh: