3-mile wide asteroid set to zip past Earth December 12, 2012

December 12, 2012SPACE The asteroid known as Toutatis will make its closest approach to Earth tonight. From Tuesday night to Wednesday morning, the 3-mile long asteroid will be about 18 times the distance of the moon from the Earth. And if you miss it Tuesday night, don’t worry. The asteroid should be visible if you have the right conditions, the right telescope and a good star chart — through the end of the week.Even at its closest approach you won’t be able to see Toutatis with the naked eye. You’ll need a small telescope. Of course, even if you find it, it will still appear as a small point of light moving across the night sky. To see what this asteroid really looks like, you’d need something really, really big, such as the Goldstone Radar, which looks like a whopping satellite dish 230 feet across. Scientists who work at the Goldstone facility near Barstow have been tracking Toutatis since Dec. 4 and posting images of the asteroid on the Internet. The images are a little fuzzy, but they give you a sense of the asteroid’s oblong shape and its lumpy topography. Lance Benner, a Jet Propulsion Laboratoryresearch scientist, said the asteroid is rotating very slowly and that at 3 miles long it is one of the bigger objects that have come within 18 lunar distances of the Earth. But he wouldn’t consider it humongous or gigantic. Since Toutatis’ erratic orbit takes it by Earth once every four years, scientists have been able to study it pretty closely since it was rediscovered (and named) in 1989. As for the all-important question of whether Toutatis’ orbit will ever put it on a collision path with Earth, Benner said it is unlikely. “There is no risk of it colliding with Earth” for hundreds of years, he said. But Benner can’t predict hundreds of thousands of years into the future. Still, he is not worried that Toutatis will ever collide with Earth. “Almost 9,400 asteroids have been found so far, and none of them have a significant chance of hitting us,” he said. “It’s the ones we haven’t found yet that are of greater concern.” –LA Times
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11 Responses to 3-mile wide asteroid set to zip past Earth December 12, 2012

  1. Satalink says:

    4.3 million miles isn’t a buzz by in my books. At least less than 1 Lunar Distance…


  2. Ashuka says:

    One wonders of they are telling the truth .


  3. John says:

    For the last 6 months I have been saying to myself that Dec 21, 2012 is not shaping up to be any astronomical threat as the sun comes closer to the center of the galactic black rift geometric point of energy. But, I have noticed in the last week or so there have been a number of close fly by misses of meteors. But, I am still maintaining that Dec 21 will not result in earthquakes, meteors, and huge storms.


  4. CecilBollWeevil says:

    Wow it MUST mean the apocalypse is here.


  5. Richard says:

    The abusive use of the Tesla technology almost certainly will push it out of its orbit. Don’t take much


  6. Helen Parks says:

    I think there has been some divine style of intervention – that Earth has been moved slightly off the orbit she had in say 2010/11… and that if she had not, she would have been in the direct path of Toutatis. This is related to a “timeline” being changed. Is it too early to say Halleluyah? This is the asteroid in most of the quatrains… Recall that the days “lost 20 minutes” in June 14 2011 and this was in line with Matthew 24:22 “but for the sake of the elect, those days will be cut short”


  7. 2 Actually passed by today.
    And 1 they did not even know about up until 2 days ago.


  8. mike says:

    a meteor hit in sweden


  9. Robert says:

    In 1997 I saw comet Hale Bopp pasing by, This is not my picture http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Comet-Hale-Bopp-29-03-1997_hires.jpg but it was very interesting to see.
    Let’s wait and see what this astroid will do


  10. barry says:

    It’s strange this is happening plus the geminid phase bringing allot of meteor showers along with the alignmient of milky way with earth moon and sun? Floods in California because of hide tides due to the planets gravitational pull… Makes you really think of planet !


  11. robind333 says:

    Interestingly, I had a dream about a large big rock. A rock so large it could only be an asteroid. I posted the dream on my site under the dream section on the 9th. I know there will be a asteroid which hits earth, I just don’t know the timing…at least, not yet….Thanks for the post and many, many blessings to you…Robin


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