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´Record close´ asteroid may miss
the Earth but it could take
out your phone

Telegraph [UK], by Staff

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 2/10/2013 3:18:10 PM

Scientists say they are sure there is no chance of the 150ft (45.7m) wide space rock hitting the planet. But there is a remote possibility that it could collide with one of more than 100 telecommunication and weather satellites in fixed orbits above the Earth. The asteroid, 2012 DA14, has been closely tracked since its discovery a year ago. It is predicted to reach its nearest point to the Earth at around 7.30pm UK time on Friday. Experts have calculated it will stay at least 17,200 miles (27,681km) away--easily far enough to be safe, but a very close shave

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: QRP, 2/10/2013 3:35:29 PM     (No. 9168997)

While it is true that geosynchronous satellites orbit 22,500 miles above the earth, they actually orbit above the equator so unless the asteroid crosses the plane of the equator, no problem.
Has CNN starter their promotion to stop global warming because it causes these asteroids to pass so close to earth?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: glcinpdx, 2/10/2013 3:43:17 PM     (No. 9169006)

One hopes they did not use the wrong scale in their calculations...its happened before in satellite launches going to wrong orbits...

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Reply 3 - Posted by: bkt23, 2/10/2013 3:48:26 PM     (No. 9169018)

It´s Bush´s fault.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: wsdiego, 2/10/2013 3:48:37 PM     (No. 9169019)

I believe we need a NEO observatory on the far side of the moon! It would give us a better view of asteroids come out of the sun! It would be a place where we could have assets like lasers, rail gun and rockets to deal with them sooner and farther away! If our space program where to have a real purpose to protect the human race, this would be it!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: scribe35, 2/10/2013 4:38:36 PM     (No. 9169082)

Telegraph [UK] - pleae do not give my phone company any more excuses for crappy service!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 2/10/2013 5:16:33 PM     (No. 9169117)

We could use some excitement around here.

Everything has been running so smooooth.

Hope all those new AA hires at NASA haven´t been to distracted from their Moooslim outreach to get this right

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Reply 7 - Posted by: lakerman1, 2/10/2013 5:19:11 PM     (No. 9169121)

Has Rajesh Koothropoli confirmed this?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Rafter, 2/10/2013 5:22:56 PM     (No. 9169131)

Good one, #1...

Anybody reading this for the heads up...

You may have to kiss your assteroid...
or at least your phone...
Buh-Bye!

Your phone ain´t nuthin´ but a dinosaur by now, anyways... headed for extinction...

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Reply 9 - Posted by: 4Justice, 2/10/2013 5:58:48 PM     (No. 9169184)

My roommate is concerned that it won´t miss...I said "well at least we won´t have to worry about getting money to move or anything else for that matter!" heh

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