Days notice: another newly discovered asteroid to buzz Earth this weekend

March 7, 2013SPACEA newly discovered asteroid the size of a football field will cruise through Earth’s neighborhood this weekend, just days after another space rock made an even closer approach to our planet. The 330-foot-wide (100 meters) asteroid 2013 ET will miss Earth by 600,000 miles (960,000 kilometers) when it zips by on Saturday. The space rock flyby will come just days after the 33-foot (10 m) asteroid 2013 EC approached within 230,000 miles (370,000 km) of us early Monday. When asteroid 2013 ET passes Earth, it will be at a range equivalent to 2.5 times the distance between the planet and the moon, making it too faint and far away for most stargazers to spot in the night sky. But the Virtual Telescope Project in Italy, run by astrophysicist Gianluca Masi, will webcast a live telescope view of the space rock’s flyby on Friday, beginning at 2 p.m. EST. There is no danger that 2013 ET will hit Earth, researchers say, just as 2013 EC posed no threat. But their flybys are slightly unsettling nonetheless, since both asteroids were discovered mere days ago. Indeed, many space rocks are hurtling undetected through Earth’s neck of the cosmic woods. Astronomers estimate that the number of near-Earth asteroids tops 1 million, but just 9,700 have been discovered to date. Undetected objects can strike Earth without warning, as the surprise meteor explosion over Russia last month illustrated. The 55-foot (17 m) asteroid that caused the Feb. 15 Russian fireball detonated in the atmosphere before astronomers even knew it existed. While many scientists stress the urgent need for expanded and improved asteroid-detection efforts, there is some good news: Humanity is unlikely to go the way of the dinosaurs anytime soon. NASA researchers have identified and mapped the orbits of 95 percent of the 980 or so near-Earth asteroids at least 0.6 miles (1 km) wide, which could threaten human civilization if they hit us. None of these behemoths are on a collision course with Earth in the foreseeable future. For comparison, the asteroid believed to have wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago likely measured about 6 miles (10 km) across, scientists say. –MSNBC
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19 Responses to Days notice: another newly discovered asteroid to buzz Earth this weekend

  1. Marta says:

    Several years ago i wondered what the Word meant by rumors of war ….. The last 3 years have been rumors and more rumors …


  2. Chris says:

    “NASA researchers have identified and mapped the orbits of 95 percent of the 980 or so near-Earth asteroids at least 0.6 miles (1 km) wide, which could threaten human civilization if they hit us. None of these behemoths are on a collision course with Earth in the foreseeable future.”

    Forgot to add the word …. “Yet”.


  3. Irene C says:

    Wow, and yet another one. NASA says that the ones they have mapped are not on a collision course with Earth, but what about the ones they haven’t mapped? Obviously we’re getting only several days notice of some of these NEOs. Hardly enough time to map a trajectory and evacuate people. Just saying…



    The college of Cardinals that comprise of leaders from around the world will convene in secret before March March 20,th the first day of spring. Full Moon will be on the 27th. That means Easter will begin the flowing Sunday March 31.It is possible that the Smoke will come just before Sunday 31.
    Could it be that this new Comet PAN-STARR, Lighting Strike, Vernal Equinox, Earth Quake and
    new Asteroid be the ” Marker of History” JAH


  5. Angelsong says:

    First three comets slated for 2013, now asteroids buzzing by with hardly any warning…we are seeing signs in the heavenlies for sure!


  6. Theory: Russian Meteor Event – Rev. 8 – Angel of God Casts Golden Censer to the Earth?
    Theory: Election of the New Pope(Petrus Romanus) – Rev. 6 – Rider on the White Horse (False Prophet?) Given a Crown (Papal Headdress?) Going Forth Conquering & to Conquer (Souls for the Anti-Christ?)

    Does that make sense to anyone? We know the events are listed in a certain way…but could it also be a form of Prophetic Compression? Any thoughts?

    The Watchwoman


  7. None of their orbits are predicted to cause an earth-collision event. Course a quick wiki read on asteroid orbits would cause anyone to realize that there’s much about asteroid orbits that’s quite variable and that we either don’t understand much at all, or that we don’t have enough precise data on.


  8. Dennis E. says:

    It will really be interesting if one this size was to skirt the atmosphere and seen by millions. Someone recently blogged that that we had entered an area of the galaxy that was more densely populated with debris/rocks and it appears so far that is true. It seems more likely than ever that the earth will be struck in the near future……..


  9. masqua says:

    We live in smug sanctity thinking Nature doesn’t enjoy throwing dice.


  10. Paul Cox says:

    I created a time-lapse of this asteroid a couple of nights ago – it’s here:

    I’ll also be using the same robotic telescopes in the Canary Islands to image it live as it makes its closest approach. The images will be broadcast live on a free public show on Saturday. Details on that post linked above.


  11. catnahalf says:

    There is also a smaller one newly listed 2013 EC20 Luner distance is .4 it will pass much closer to earth than the previous ones have. There are 17 new comets\asteriods discovered just recently for March you can identify them by their names . If it begins with 2013 ### it is discovered in 2013. It is concerning we are spotting these only 2-5 days out with little warning.


  12. John says:

    It seems to me that comets and other heavenly bodies that pass through the asteroid belt could easily catapult chunks of rock into different orbits which might eventually lead to a collision with the earth. Based upon this theory, astronomers will ALWAYS be finding new asteroids coming close to the earth and some of them could eventually prove to be dinosaur killers. So, forget about the neat little catalog of near earth asteroids that scientists have claimed to have a good grip on with the caveat that none of them are on trajectory to hit the earth. Trajectories change.


  13. Ted G says:

    And the other 5 percent? That’s what I would be worried about…….


  14. Suzan says:

    I’ve seen many articles calling 2013 the year of the comet. Now I’m reading some older articles from 2010 for the first time on Nemesis, the dark companion star of our sun either a red or brown dwarf. Nemesis if it exists would disturb the Oort cloud enough to sling comets at us and the WISE mission is supposed to scan the skies with infrared to find the allusive dark star.

    I wonder if a companion star to our sun(Nemesis) had dislodged the comets and they are just now reaching us, perhaps even shooting faster through space than we imagined they would per the 26-million-year cycle that paleontologists David Raup and Jack Sepkoski claim over the last 250 million years caused extinction events on earth?

    I wonder if comet Elenin was a harbinger or prequel to the comets dashing towards us considering its acronym “Extermination Level Event-Non Indigenous in Nature” and its timely arrival in 2011 as well as the Nemesis theories and the timing of the WISE mission.


    • IMG

      Though most stars are binary; there is no evidence there is a Nemesis, or companion star to the sun. If there was such a failed star, there would be dueling gravitational forces between the two suns, and it would be attracting as many comets from the Oort cloud, as you propose it would be tossing towards the inner solar system. The WISE mission was not looking for Nemesis; it was searching for dark comets, failed planets in TNO, and rocky objects with low albedo ratios. Whatever is visting Earth now, started the journey a long time ago, as many of the orbits of some of these comets are highly elongated, and a few are hyperbolic- including the late comet Elenin.


      • Suzan says:

        What do you think is displacing the comets and is on its way?

        Yes, NASA has pretty much ruled out the theory of Nemesis despite that the WISE mission isn’t completed yet (We may not have an answer to the Nemesis question until mid-2013. WISE needs to scan the sky twice in order to generate the time-lapsed images astronomers use to detect objects in the outer solar system), comparative studies with telescopes compared to the WISE data are needed, and Sedna’s orbit is being influenced by an unknown object.(Sedna’s discoverer, Mike Brown of Caltech, noted in a Discover magazine article that Sedna’s location doesn’t make sense). Something is disturbing the Oort cloud, and there is some evidence that comets are displaced by something once every 30 million years. The theory that a companion star of the Sun (Nemesis) would pass through the Oort cloud and the comets in the Oort cloud would be stirred around. Some tens of thousands of years later, here on Earth we would notice a dramatic increase in the number of comets passing the inner solar system. Some have already collided with the earth millions of years ago leaving behind iridium from the comets corresponding to past extinction periods.

        I want to keep an open mind on objects we haven’t found yet. I wonder if it’s easier to see binary stars, 50% of the stars we’ve located so far, from a distance instead of from within a star system.


      • I

        I think we should be very concerned about the outer planets, particularly Neptune and the outer debris fields. We live in a very chaotic planetary system and there is evidence that planets may have moved from their orbits, in erratic swings in the past. Gravity is a fickle thing in a system where mass among bodies is dynamic and always changing. Consequently, even in what’s thought of as relatively stable systems; planets collide with each other.

        There is no doubt Earth and the planets have suffered heavy bombardments in the past, and will do so again in the future. We have to look at gravity, mass, and also- energy as a potentially destabilizing force for objects in the universe. Lastly, the Sun’s role in the dislodging of objects has been precipitously over-looked.

        You should definitely keep an open mind- you’re a very bright thinker.



      • John B. says:

        Ascertaining the exact nature of this “visitor” is difficult. But can we agree that whether it is a failed planet, brown dwarf, very large astroid, or comet it will bring push and carry large amounts of debris? And that is what we are seeing the beginnings of over the last three months? And that sooner rather than later we will have a catastrophic earth impact event?


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