January 4, 2013 at 2:18 AM (astronomy topics, curious research, current news, extraterrestrial studies, human life issues, late night studies, public debate, science and technology, social opinion, web gossip)
It is always good to keep a look out for any possible danger that could have the potential to harm you! I suppose that it does not matter if that danger is not an actual factor for over a million years; it still is a good thing to be aware of it. With that in mind, I have to think that gratititude needs to be lauded upon those who worked to identify what could be an eventual force of fatality upon all of us!
Astronomers have been studying the skies with more and more precision recently, recognizing with greater detail about just what all of what lies beyond our skies. We have a basic understanding of our local neighborhood, which includes the majority of the planets and stars within our galaxy, along with a majority of the galaxies within our Local Group. A more precise realization of that understanding comes to a recognition of our solar system, with a specific identification of what is happening within it.
Some of the studies of our celestial confines have shown that an asteroid will pass uncomfortably close to Earth, soon! Indeed, next month, February 15, 2013, an asteroid is set to skim by the extreme outer layers of the atmosphere. The space rock labeled as 2012 DA14 will graze our world at a distance of 21,000 miles. This actually is closer to Earth than The Moon!
2012 DA14 itself is roughly 150 feet wide. Yet, it is thought to be able to produce an impact explosion that would equate to a 2.4 megaton T.N.T. explosion. This is believed to be a large enough of a blast to destroy a major metropolis!
The projections of this fly-by have been verified to be accurate in that it is assured that 2012 DA14 will NOT strike Earth. It is expected to fly by the planet at the afore-mentioned distance, bringing no actual harm. Yet, this range is within the satellite belt, so it is possible that the asteroid could strike a satellite. Communications systems, television programs, radio stations, et cetera, technically could be disabled for some unknown lengths of time due to damages inflicted by a hurtling mass of space rock! So, you may miss some of your favorite television shows, miss out on some of your special radio broadcasts, but life will go on….
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