Newfound Asteroid Buzzes Earth Inside Moon's Orbit

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    Dec 12, 2012 9:02 PM GMT
    http://www.space.com/18854-newfound-asteroid-close-flyby-earth.html
  • barriehomeboy

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    Dec 13, 2012 2:13 AM GMT
    Nice abs dude! The rest of that meant nothing to any of us. Although I have a telescope, so I sympathise.
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    Dec 13, 2012 3:10 AM GMT
    "Astronomers estimate that 2012 XE54 is about 120 feet (36 meters) wide — big enough to cause substantial damage if it slams into Earth someday. An object of similar size flattened 800 square miles (2,000 square km) of forest when it exploded above Siberia's Podkamennaya Tunguska River in 1908."
  • Vaughn

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    Dec 13, 2012 3:12 AM GMT
    Rockbiter said"Astronomers estimate that 2012 XE54 is about 120 feet (36 meters) wide — big enough to cause substantial damage if it slams into Earth someday. An object of similar size flattened 800 square miles (2,000 square km) of forest when it exploded above Siberia's Podkamennaya Tunguska River in 1908."


    I think I understand that as well as his abs. I'm just not sure.
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    Dec 13, 2012 3:16 AM GMT
    A little about the similarly-sized asteroid that hit Siberia in 1908 (with a picture!):

    http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2008/30jun_tunguska/