China's Largest Telescope Sights an Asteroid Approaching Earth!

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    ilscuro said:

    Shit China's Largest Telescope Sights an Asteroid Approaching Earth!

    World ending space rock with power of THREE BILLION nukes is heading for Earth


    A GIGANTIC asteroid with the power of more than three billion nukes is hurtling towards Earth.

    The telescope at China's Purple Mountain Observatory in Nanjing has captured images of an asteroid approaching Earth. The asteroid, coded as 2009ES by the Minor Planet Center (MPC), was observed Wednesday night. This is the first time that a telescope in China has captured images of the asteroid, one of 1,640 minor bodies listed by MPC that could have a close encounter with the Earth.
    Scientists estimate that should an asteroid measuring 10,000 meters collide with Earth, the impact would equal the explosion capacity of 3 billion atomic bombs. Astronomers widely believe that such an asteroid hit the Earth 65 million years ago, wiping out the dinosaurs.The observatory's 1.2-meter Schmit is the largest telescope of its kind in Asia.
    The observatory was notified by MPC on Sept. 5 to observe the asteroid. It passed Earth within a range 18.8 times of the distance between the Earth and the Moon.
    Zhao Haibin with the observatory said minor planets' trajectories could be changed by stellar attraction from planets such as Mars. Continuous observation is needed to keep track of any changes.

    "With the help of our images, astronomers across the globe have a more accurate moving trajectory of the asteroid," he said. Previously, eight other telescopes around the world had captured images of the asteroid.
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    Don't make any long term plans guys
     
  2. Ashley's Avatar

    Ashley said:

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    It's fine, Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck will save us.
     
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    EvilBoB said:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashley View Post
    It's fine, Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck will save us.
    Cheers! Now I'm gonna have that bloody song in my head all day!!!
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    rmj2663 said:

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    Apparently it passed by on 5th Sept. So no drama!!
    Google Asteroid 2009ES
     
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    Mickey said:

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    not that close
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  6. the.insane's Avatar

    the.insane said:

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    Shit, that means I'll have to continue paying my loan.
     
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    mij said:

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    Thank god for that although I am still worrying about Planet X