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Ukshep

NASA's planetary defense system will be put to the test in October

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 Ukshep    17,056

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/08/01/us/nasa-asteroid-flyby-planetary-defense-trnd/index.html

An asteroid is set to speed by Earth this fall, which is exactly what NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office is equipped to handle.

The flyby isn't putting anyone in danger. Rather, it's an opportunity to test the agency's planetary defense systems in the event of an actual asteroid threat.

Asteroid 2012 TC4's brief swing by Earth on October 12 isn't expected to get anywhere closer than 4,200 miles (6,800 kilometers) to Earth's surface. The space rock is considered small by asteroid standards, at about 30 to 100 feet in size.

I'm just going to leave this hear and say we may not hear the last of this one!

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But, but, the reviews say " this is only entertaining if you have an IQ of less than 70....."

I don't even have regular Cable... that's gotta be worth...5 additional points...

So if real life is like real tv, ......oh jeezem, we are skrewed..

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 apache54    4,161
13 hours ago, Ukshep said:

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/08/01/us/nasa-asteroid-flyby-planetary-defense-trnd/index.html

An asteroid is set to speed by Earth this fall, which is exactly what NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office is equipped to handle.

The flyby isn't putting anyone in danger. Rather, it's an opportunity to test the agency's planetary defense systems in the event of an actual asteroid threat.

Asteroid 2012 TC4's brief swing by Earth on October 12 isn't expected to get anywhere closer than 4,200 miles (6,800 kilometers) to Earth's surface. The space rock is considered small by asteroid standards, at about 30 to 100 feet in size.

I'm just going to leave this hear and say we may not hear the last of this one!

OR you could say we may  SEE this one again!!! LOL :gsbrnint:

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 Ukshep    17,056
20 minutes ago, apache54 said:

OR you could say we may  SEE this one again!!! LOL :gsbrnint:

that too! :gsbrnint:

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The main problem with this PHA is it's uncertainty code (orbit calculation) is off right now by a few 1000 miles. This ones a very close shave and possible impactor:

Last observations on 2012 TC4 was from:

last observation date used 2017-08-05.0

Survey scopes are already picking it up for August 2017 and starting to re-define it's orbit. smaller scopes will be able to pick it up in October 2017 at 20.2 mag beginning on the 5th.

Orbit location as of today:

http://www.minorplanetcenter.net/db_search/show_orbit?utf8=✓&number=&designation=2012+TC4&name=&epoch=2017-09-04.0&peri=222.56235&m=316.80624&node=198.2491812&incl=0.8564569&e=0.335809447&a=1.4056776&commit=Interactive+Orbit+Sketch

For updates direct from current observations please refer to MPC here:

http://www.minorplanetcenter.net/db_search/show_object?utf8=✓&object_id=2012+TC4

Specs and coordinates for Oct. 5th from Teide ( Canary Islands ) :

http://cgi.minorplanetcenter.net/cgi-bin/mpeph2.cgi

Around the begging of Oct. start to expect fireballs and new meteors, and report them if possible. These have stragglers of smaller sizes all the time and the associated smaller bodies are very dim and difficult to detect, thankfully all eyes are going to be on this one and a quality data flow also so if there is going to be a impact somewhere we will know before it hits. This doesn't sound the best I realize but we will have two weeks to know where and when it will impact if the calcs show atmospheric entry. This ones small about the same size as Chelyabinsk of 2013 impact.

 

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