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Asteroid passes Earth

2011-06-28 07:44

Los Angeles - An asteroid with an estimated girth as large as a garbage truck soared within 12 070km of the Earth on Monday as it passed harmlessly over the Atlantic Ocean, according to Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The space rock, measuring 5m to 20m in diameter, followed the same near-Earth path that scientists had earlier predicted, looping around the planet in a boomerang-shaped trajectory, JPL spokesperson DC Agle said.

Its nearest approach to Earth was 30 times farther away than the International Space Station, which orbits the planet at a distance of 400km.

On a more celestial scale, the asteroid's closest distance to Earth was just 3% of the 400 000km separating the Earth from the moon.

An object about the same size as Monday's near-Earth asteroid, designated by scientists as 2011 MD, zips past the planet at about the same distance ever six years, according to JPL.

Even if an asteroid the size of 2011 MD ever entered the Earth's atmosphere, it would likely burn up and cause no damage to the planet, JPL said.

Comments
  • mursebul - 2011-06-28 07:49

    Next time let me show the asteroid where in Limpopo it can crash land, have a nice juju hut for demolition....

      cocopops - 2011-06-28 07:58

      Next mornings headlines, "Asteroid rids SA of haemorrhoid".

      FatPenguin - 2011-06-28 08:00

      I see what your trying to do, ha! turning a simple (although poorly written) article into something political. Shame on you.

      Wotzizname - 2011-06-28 08:12

      It would just be blamed on apartheid and another 10 Juju's will spring up in his place!

  • Regan - 2011-06-28 08:28

    i never realised the space station orbits only 400km from the planet, from images you see it seems much further away.

      Joker - 2011-06-28 08:43

      Space station is quite a distance away considering that communication satellites orbits at about 150km from earth

  • Mnr. Smith - 2011-06-28 08:30

    It is a cluster of ancestors, coming to fetch Malema et Cru.

  • WATCHMAN - 2011-06-28 08:39

    Next time one just may hit earth. I think the book of Revelation is about to become more alive very soon!

      Oryx_ZA - 2011-06-28 08:45

      How....i thought bringing in politics into this article was of poor taste...but really....are you folks not tired of being wrong....again and again and again. Yet, most likely your comment will be along the lines of "just wait and see....ect"

      Old Man - 2011-06-28 08:46

      Read your Bible Watchman - only the Father knows when the Day of Judgement will be upon us. So stop your scaremongering!

      Mnr. Smith - 2011-06-28 08:48

      oh please, lol.

      Joker - 2011-06-28 08:54

      Armageddon happens periodically every couple million years or so. The last biggie wiped out the dinosaurs. We are overdue for such an event, but that said it may only be couple hundreds of thousands of years into the future. There is a meteor scientists are a little worried about that will pass us in the 2100's

  • ThinkAboutIt - 2011-06-28 08:42

    Yet another example of an article written by an American, and simply copied. "farther" "garbage" are Americanisms, and not in common use in English. This is common in News24 articles. Another common example is "airplane" - a horrible simplification of the English word "Aeroplane". This teaches our youth that bad spelling is acceptable. Try missing one "p" from the word "rapper" and you'll appreciate the importance of correct spelling.

      NuttyZA - 2011-06-28 10:33

      Whilst I agree about the bad spelling, you have to appreciate that news24 gets the majority of its articles from news agencies... if you look at the bottom of this article, you will see it quite clearly states Reuters.

  • ThinkAboutIt - 2011-06-28 08:42

    Yet another example of an article written by an American, and simply copied. "farther" "garbage" are Americanisms, and not in common use in English. This is common in News24 articles. Another common example is "airplane" - a horrible simplification of the English word "Aeroplane". This teaches our youth that bad spelling is acceptable. Try missing one "p" from the word "rapper" and you'll appreciate the importance of correct spelling.

  • Calvin greenwood - 2011-06-28 09:01

    The earth was born from an explosion and shall die as a result of an asteroid hitting earth...

      Just Saying - 2011-06-28 14:17

      wow Calvin, do you know next weeks Lotto numbers as well?

  • Richard Townley-Johnson - 2011-06-28 09:24

    "5m to 20m": Why not just say "less than 20m" in diametre?

  • catij001 - 2011-06-28 09:32

    Very poorly written article

  • eidel - 2011-06-28 09:54

    The simple solution will be…rewrite the article in plain English, publish it and… problem solved!

  • Optimus-Prime - 2011-06-28 11:28

    you retards have nothing better to do then to politicize everything. really? get a life.

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  • John Paul - 2011-08-01 20:58

    Thank God for our atmosphere! Not only does it give us oxygen to breath, it burns up these big asteroids!

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