NASA finds only 10% of potentially threatening near-Earth objects: pleads to public for help

June 27, 2013SPACENASA said the 10,000th near-Earth object (NEO) has been discovered using the Pan-STARRS-1 telescope in Hawaii. Astronomers spotted asteroid 2013 MZ5 on the night of June 18, marking a significant milestone for the NEO search. The space agency said 90 percent of all NEOs discovered were first detected by NASA-supported surveys. “But there are at least 10 times that many more to be found before we can be assured we will have found any and all that could impact and do significant harm to the citizens of Earth,” said Lindley Johnson, program executive for NASA’s Near-Earth Object Observations Program at NASA Headquarters, Washington. In order to be classified as an NEO, a comet or asteroid must approach Earth at an orbital distance to within about 28 million miles. They range in size from as small as a few feet to as large as 25 miles for the largest NEO. Asteroid 2013 MZ5 is about 1,000 feet across and will never be close enough to Earth to be considered potentially hazardous. “The first near-Earth object was discovered in 1898,” said Don Yeomans, long-time manager of NASA’s Near-Earth Object Program Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. “Over the next hundred years, only about 500 had been found. But then, with the advent of NASA’s NEO Observations program in 1998, we’ve been racking them up ever since. And with new, more capable systems coming on line, we are learning even more about where the NEOs are currently in our solar system, and where they will be in the future.” About 10 percent of the 10,000 NEOs discovered are larger than six-tenths of a mile, which is roughly the size that could produce global consequences if one struck Earth. However, NASA says its program has found that none of these larger NEOs currently pose an impact threat. NASA said scientists predict there to be about 15,000 NEOs that are one-and-a-half football fields in size, or 480 feet.
There could be more than a million NEOs that are about one-third of a football field in size. An NEO hitting Earth would need to be about 100 feet or larger in order to cause significant damage in a populated area. The space agency said less than one percent of the 100-foot-sized NEOs have been detected. “These days we average three NEO discoveries a day, and each month the Minor Planet Center receives hundreds of thousands of observations on asteroids, including those in the main-belt,” said Tim Spahr, director of the Minor Planet Center. “The work done by the NASA surveys, and the other international professional and amateur astronomers, to discover and track NEOs is really remarkable.” Earlier this month, NASA announced a grand challenge focused on finding all asteroid threats to human populations. This “Great Challenge”is to ask citizen scientists, along with industry professionals, to focus on detecting and characterizing asteroids and learn how to deal with potential threats. “We will also harness public engagement, open innovation and citizen science to help solve this global problem,” said NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver. The space agency also invited industry and potential partners to offer up some ideas on accomplishing NASA’s goals to locate, redirect and explore an asteroid. –Red Orbit
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5 Responses to NASA finds only 10% of potentially threatening near-Earth objects: pleads to public for help

  1. Call me paranoid but why do I feel like this is a perfect way to track the top trouble makers for the powers that be? With all their technology available to the government to the point where they can and do spy on and HOLD info on EVERY citizen of the WORLD…and now they want us to believe that they need our help….lol. Right…can YOU say guilotine?

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  2. ALBIRRR says:

    THE PROPLEM IS NOT IN NUMBER BUT IN ACCIDENTAL CHANGE IN THE DIRECTION OF BIG NEAR ONE TO HIT EARTH

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  3. Mercedes says:

    Haa! Sharon, you’re totally right!

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  4. Jack Smith says:

    After hearing how the government is so paranoid by its own people that it needs to watch them all through means of electronic communications I would tell youtube about anything I found before the government so I know for sure the people know. Tell the government first and they will either lock you up or kill you like so you don’t tell the people. What are laws for? silencing people nothing more. Hell they allowed a guy to go free after committing a violent home invasion if he agreed to be a snitch for the government in my city 2 years ago. then a year later this guy commits another violent home invasion only to kill the two people inside the house this time. Now if you look at me I was arrested for harassment that I did not commit and have a videotape to prove it because I recorded the incident and my being incarcerated yet the judge and da would not allow any evidence including the videos for me to prove my innocence and I was found guilty and sentenced to jail time. Why did I get jail time because I was waking up the people about their crooked government and nothing more. You see Jesus could already be here but the simple facts are your government is going to call him or her a criminal and the masses will believe it why because the government said so and so did the jewish controlled media. What was it Jesus warned the people not to do? He said not to follow the ways of money for it will only bring evil. Truth is most if not all of you are going to hell soon and really there is nothing your government or any jew can do to stop it. Enjoy it while you can LOL.

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  5. tonic says:

    Asteroids have always been a threat. Why the sudden concern now? History has shown their consequences, so why all this concern, all of a sudden? Makes no sense.

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