Oh! A 2040 Impact!?!?

December 23, 2012 at 3:54 AM (astronomy topics, curious research, current news, environmental issues, extraterrestrial studies, historic review, human life issues, late night studies, public debate, science and technology, web gossip)

Well!  December 21, 2012 has passed, and we are still here!  Ain’t that some shit!  Most people figured there was nothing to the entire Mayan prophecy anyhow.  Several of the ancients had forecasts for the future that never panned out to anything significant, or simply were meant to serve as instruments to be used for the benefits of future societies, on some subtle and subliminally significant levels.

The actual scientists, and those making legitimate forecasts, are keeping the general public up to date with as many heads ups as can be publicized.  More good news is coming from N.A.S.A., as it’s surveyors have been doing additional research about a possibly threatening asteroid that has the potential to harm Earth during 2040.  Their current studies show that this space rock will not bother our planet, either!

This particular asteroid has been designated as 2011 AG5.  All likelyhood is that this space rock will not bring any danger to Earth.  Current studies from legitimate N.A.S.A. scientists are revealing that this asteroid has less than a one percent chance of striking our planet during the target date of February 5, 2040!  Technically, I can still be around, yet I will be an old man.  So, I guess that it is good to know that I can focus on life issues which are more pertinent than another hurtling space rock threatening to end all life!

2011 AG5 will get no closer to Earth than twice the distance of the orbit of The Moon.  That is no closer than 553,000 miles.  Of course, N.A.S.A. scientists, along with astronomers around the planet will be watching out for anything that has the slightest sign of danger for Earth.  Current viewings made with the high-powered Gemini North Telescope at Mauna Kea are keeping watch on 2011 AG5, along with any other potentially dangerous space objects that could pose a threat to us.

Actual researchers with The N.A.S.A. Jet Propulsion Laboratory recognize 2011 AG5 as one of 8,744 near-Earth objects that are being viewed, currently.  This meteor is roughly 460 feet wide.  It travels in an orbital path that runs from slightly beyond the orbit of Mars to midway between the orbits of Earth and Venus.  Astronomers discovered it on January 8, 2011.

Mr. Don Yeomans, the manager of The N.A.S.A. Jet Propulsion Laboratory Near-Earth Object Program Office is stating that more viewings of 2011 AG5 will be made during September 2013.  At that point, the asteroid will be inside of a 91 million mile range of our planet.  This proximity will allow 2011 AG5 to be viewed with greater clarity, and to gain greater projections on it’s future paths.

2011 AG5 is expected to veer nearby Earth again during February 2023.  It will come within a distance of ninety-one million miles to our planet.  Researchers with JPL will use that pass-by to view the asteroid, making studies of it.  The space rock will fly by Earth again during February 2023, at a range of one million miles, and during 2028, passing at a distance of 10.4 million miles. 

As well, one study by The Near-Earth Object Program Office states that 2011 AG5 has a 1 in 625 chance of striking Earth on February 5, 2040!  Additionally, recent, and equally legitimate studies are further reducing the suggestion of an asteroid impact upon Earth during 2040.  Studies out of The Gemini Observatory at Hilo, Hawai’i are working with a team of astronomers from The University of Hawai’i.  Their studies have given the skies an “all clear” for that date, as 2011 AG5 is NOT supposed to pose any threat to Earth, and the asteroid has been rated at zero for it’s danger level, as designated by The Torino Impact Hazard Scale

The position data obtained for near-Earth asteroid 2011 AG5 in October 2012 was used to update its orbit and dramatically reduce its future orbital uncertainties in February 2040. In this first plot, the asteroid's possible positions in space (region of uncertainty) prior to the orbit improvement is an extremely lengthy arc that includes the position of the Earth. Hence an Earth collision could not be ruled out. (Image Credit: NASA)




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