Astronomers are paying close attention this week to a fairly decently sized Asteroid, between 5 and 20 meters, that is passing through Earths orbit and deep into our gravitational field. ETA is on Monday this week…
Speculation is that NASA are not telling the whole truth about the potential for impact. Sky watchers will no doubt be out in full force to see the fireworks. Hopefully the meteor will just burn up in the atmosphere or else get sucked into the moon instead. The potential for a disastrous impact is small but not completely out of the picture with this one. We note that when NASA says the Earths gravity will “sharply alter the trajectory” they are probably meaning something a little more definitive but don’t want to cause alarm so have been characteristically dismissive of the potential for serious concern. That way if something does happen they can claim they provided a warning but that it was not possible to accurately predict the flight path due to a number of uncontrollable factors.
In much the same way they expect us to believe that they were able to land humans on the moon without using any fuel for the landing and takeoff of the lunar lander space craft. They also expect us to believe that they are able to accurately predict the trajectory of a 5 – 20 meter asteroid passing within earths orbit and gravitational field.
*ASTEROID FLYBY:* Newly-discovered asteroid 2011 MD will pass only 12,000 kilometers (7,500 miles) above Earth’s surface on Monday June 27 at about 9:30 a.m. EDT. NASA analysts say there is no chance the space rock will strike Earth. Nevertheless, the encounter is so close that Earth’s gravity will sharply alter the asteroid’s trajectory:
At closest approach, 2011 MD will pass in broad daylight over the southern Atlantic Ocean near the coast of Antarctica. As the asteroid recedes from Earth, it will pass through the zone of geosynchronous satellites. The chances of a collision with a satellite or manmade space junk are extremely small, albeit not zero.
Judging from the brightness of the asteroid, it measures only 5 to 20 meters in diameter. According to JPL’s Near Earth Object Program office, one would expect an object of this size to come this close to Earth about every 6 years on average. For a brief time, it will be bright enough to be seen even with a medium-sized backyard telescope.
In other news we have to wonder what exactly made the Italians decide to withdraw from the war on Libya so suddenly this week. Was it the fact that the African Union is still 100% behind Gaddafi signing into law the protocol required to create a new Central African Bank to be funded by $36 BIllion of Libyan cash, located in Nigeria and managed by the African Union States? Was it the decision by Egypt to dismiss their obligations to the IMF? Or was it the possibility of being the target of a full scale assault by Northern African nations as a response to the American, French and British Agression against Libya? Perhaps all of the above? Or was their something else that we are not being told about by the mainstream media? Perhaps an attack on Italian soil swung the mood…