Thursday, March 05, 2009

Eat Dessert First!

On Monday, the earth was passed by an asteroid (2009 DD45) about the same size (69 to 154 feet in diameter) as the one that wiped out Tunguska back in (19) ought-eight. It passed Earth at a distance of around 44,000 miles - about twice the distance that geostationary communications satellites orbit.

National Geographic has the graphics.

AP sez: Most people probably didn't notice the cosmic close call. The asteroid was only spotted two days ago and at its closest point passed over the Pacific Ocean near Tahiti.

h/t io9


Anonymous Dee Endisnear said...

i can't believe this does not get more attention! A bleeping asteroid misses our planet by a couple of circumferences of the planet and its not big news! Really, there is more talk about A-roid taking steroids than this near miss that could have had us all seeing staroids.

Thu Mar 05, 06:58:00 PM EST  
Blogger Smashed said...

It is pretty crazy, isn't it? Maybe the media will pick up on it after a few days... I've got my ear to the ground.

Thu Mar 05, 07:05:00 PM EST  
Anonymous K. Rove said...

It's great to see HSI has this covered for us! HSI-- the only news source one really needs. Keep up the great work Smashed!

Fri Mar 06, 08:15:00 AM EST  
Blogger Smashed said...

Fair AND Balanced!

Fri Mar 06, 08:16:00 AM EST  

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