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Asteroid 2010 WC9 - 427 Feet Wide - Barely Missed Earth Tuesday

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  1. mulegator

    mulegator Neanderthal Ninja Vigilante Moderator VIP Member

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    Asteroid 2010 WC9 came within about half the distance from the Earth to the moon
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    An asteroid which was lost in space for eight years made a dramatic reappearance Tuesday evening – with an alarmingly close whizz past our planet. It passed less than half of the moon’s distance from Earth.'>Asteroid 2010 WC9 could be up to 427 feet wide – the size of London’s Walkie-Talkie skyscraper – and it passed less than half of the moon’s distance from Earth.

    It came closest to our planet at 22.05PM UTC (23.05 British Summer Time) on 20180515. Passing us a mere 126,419 miles away, it’s one of the closest approaches ever observed from this asteroid in centuries, according to Earthsky.

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  2. g8orbill

    g8orbill Old Gator VIP Member

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    126000+ miles constitutes "barely" missed? who woulda thunk it
     
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  3. gatorknights

    gatorknights GC Hall of Fame

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    Wow if it hit that would have sucked. And taken out the Incas and dinosaurs :).
     
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  4. gatorjjh

    gatorjjh A Gator with a Glass half full attitude VIP Member

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    Interesting story but what editor let this sentence go out for publication?

    An asteroid which was lost in space for eight years made a dramatic reappearance Tuesday evening

    I bet the asteroid knew exactly where it was and did not consider itself lost and just as sure that it did not reappear at all dramatically but rather continued meandering in a ho hum fashion.
     
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  5. gatorknights

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    Warning Danger Will Robinson

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  6. gatorjjh

    gatorjjh A Gator with a Glass half full attitude VIP Member

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    I knew somebody would see it the way I did :)
     
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  7. COGatorman

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    No, no, no, no NO! It was lost and damn near hit us all! You seem to be discounting the fact that "they" almost let us die! You clearly don't get how serious this story is, in retrospect! :emoji_upside_down:
     
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  8. citygator

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    Why wasn’t Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck on standby?
     
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  9. gatorjjh

    gatorjjh A Gator with a Glass half full attitude VIP Member

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    just relax and take another toke you lucky dog
     
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  10. WhattaGator

    WhattaGator All Along The Watchtower Moderator VIP Member

    Well, one very probable good thing is, since that thing came so close to us, the Earth's gravitational pull probably "slingshotted" it into a way different trajectory, so chances are pretty slim that we come close to this bigger again!

    For those unfamiliar with the slingshot technique, it's the method NASA scientists unsed in the Voyager probes, that, while taking pictures of the giant planets, flew just close enough to gain speed and change trajectory to each remaining planet ,with basically no fuel