So it was really very close to Earth, as Greater Voice put it.
Relax now – Asteroid 2012 DA14 has passed Earth. Was it really about half the size of a football field? Did anyone see the flyby? Will researchers throw light on the latest near-Earth object?
g caffe is satisfied, for the moment, that the asteroid safely passed our planet 28,000 km above Indonesia, on February 15, 2013, flying lower than the communications, weather and navigation satellites that ring our planet.
And do you know that there are more than 1,300 potentially hazardous asteroids (PHAs) that have (though) a very small chance of hitting us!
On the latest asteroid heading away from Earth, Dr. Rashmin Tamhne explores the asteroids and the astroclouds in the sky –
Feel sorry for the poor little thing… an infinitesimal object hurtling aimlessly in a space without any discernible ‘horizon’, and a sky that goes on endlessly into infinity!
When will its ‘cosmic quest’ end! Where will it end up? Which planet or moon will give it anything like a ‘welcome’, or maybe even ‘adopt’ it, give it an abode! Does it have a ‘seed of life, possibly of an ‘unimaginable type’, or any precious minerals, etc of value to humans? The so-called ‘Friendly Assimilation Fate’!
Or maybe, one of the ‘Earthian Superpowers’ will study the trajectory of ‘this one’ very carefully; then predict the future movements of other similarly-sized lost ‘baby-masses’, and then try to deflect one of them onto the ‘rival superpower’ when the next near-collision is expected! A ‘Pawn Fate’ in other words!
Or maybe it will explode to its very last atom, and burn off into obscurity…the so-called ‘Decimation Fate’!
Well…time will tell what actually happened!
But then who, if any, would be around then!
Would the ‘mankind’ be annihilated by then? Or, might the ‘homo sapiens’ have found another planetary home? Or would ‘super-meerkats’ be the new ‘owners’ of Earth by then!
Feel slightly jealous of the asteroid now: it will have remained the ‘same’ more or less, while the rest of us are doomed to perish!
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g caffe adds: Unworldly Coincidence
Coinciding with the asteroid flyby, there was a meteor shower in Russia that need not be linked with the asteroid trajectory. The two were completely unrelated objects. From the videos of the meteor circulated immediately, it appeared that it was nuclear-like in its intensity, as the Russian meteor blast was termed the largest since 1908… blowing out windows and caused some Russians to fear the end of the world. Hundreds of injuries have been reported from the shower. In 1908 a meteorite devastated a huge area in Siberia in what became known as the Tunguska event.
Watch this video of the Russian meteor incident February 15, 2013: