View Full Version : Giant asteroid heading close to Earth

05-11-2011, 12:28 AM
"A giant asteroid weighing 55 million tonnes will just miss the Earth later this year, Nasa experts have predicted.

The rock, which is quarter of a mile across, will pass between our planet and the moon in November and will be visible with small telescopes.

Robin Scagell of the Society for Popular Astronomy said: Its rare we get the chance to see an asteroid up close.

If it were to hit the earth, the asteroid, named YU55, would have an impact equivalent to 65,000 atom bombs and would leave a crater more than six miles wide and 2,000ft deep.

Passing by at a distance of just 201,000 miles, the asteroid will be the largest object ever to approach the earth so close.

Nasa has officially labelled it a Potentially Hazardous Object, but have stressed there is no danger of impact while on its current course."


Hmmmmm....... glad this will not hit..... could be an oweeeee.... :disbelief:

Sorry TS, it's a Brit paper...... :p :D

05-11-2011, 12:44 AM
Yikes. :noway:

I hope their calculations are right.

05-11-2011, 12:59 AM
I wonder if there will be some gravitational effects?

2012 is right around the corner folks. And Jesus will be here on 5-21.

Makes you wonder huh?

05-11-2011, 01:12 AM
If they're wrong and it hits, it'll be an ELE (extinction level event).

05-11-2011, 01:15 AM
that is just a little bit too close for comfort....

05-11-2011, 02:42 AM