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Watch out an asteroid is coming

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AN ASTEROID half a mile across will have a close encounter with the Earth in the early hours of tomorrow morning when it buzzes past our planet at the same distance as the Moon's orbit.

According to astronomers, the 800-metre wide asteroid, known as 2004 XP14, will miss the earth by 269,000 miles, but it is considered a near-miss in cosmic terms.

Though three dozen asteroids have flown close to Earth in the last few years, Nasa scientists say 2004 XP14 is one of the largest to have come so near.

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Re: Watch out an asteroid is coming

In 2029 (friday the 13th in april) a 300 metre wide one will miss us by only 20,000 miles... and you won't need a telescope to see it.

Re: Watch out an asteroid is coming

Yikes!

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You talk the talk, but do you waddle the waddle?

Re: Gravitation and Newtonian laws

This rock travels at 17 km/s or 61,000 km/h (roughly 10 miles/s or 40,000 miles/hour).
Missiles don't come close to 100,000 miles/hour by the way... more like 15,000 (Space Shuttle) or 25,000 (reached by Apollo 10, highest speed ever with humans on board).

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