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NASA Watching Asteroid To Pass By Earth

March 6, 2012 by  

NASA Watching Asteroid To Pass By Earth

NASA scientists are keeping an eye on a large asteroid that they believe could possibly smash into earth in February 2013.

Data shows the 60-meter asteroid (2012 DA14), which was spotted by Spanish stargazers last February, will pass by Earth in 11 months. While the asteroid’s exact trajectory is unknown, the scientists believe that it will pass very close to the planet. There is a possibility that it could collide with earth, but further calculation is required to estimate the potential threat and work out how to avert possible disaster.

According to RT, NASA expert Dr. David Dunham told students at Moscow’s University of Electronics and Mathematics (MIEM):

“The Earth’s gravitational field will alter the asteroid’s path significantly. Further scrupulous calculation is required to estimate the threat of collision. The asteroid may break into dozens of small pieces, or several large lumps may split from it and burn up in the atmosphere. The type of the asteroid and its mineral structure can be determined by spectral analysis. This will help predict its behavior in the atmosphere and what should be done to prevent the potential threat.”

Scientists say that the energy released in the event of a collision would equate to the destructive power of a thermo-nuclear bomb.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • http://spanishdiggins@gmail.com Me

    I wonder if this will happen on December 21, 2012?

    • Rocky Night

      Could this be wormwood?

      google wormwood asteroid.

      • Ron

        Highly unlikely if the bible is talking about a third of ALL of the rivers and fountains on the Earth. NASA compares the power to a nuke, but to taint a third of all waters would take something much larger than that. Assuming the Bible is talking about all waters, then I would picture something more on the scale of the strike in Siberia or the one that some scientists claim to have ended the dinosaurs. Whatever the answer, if it’s in Revelations, neither NASA not the U.N. will have any power to stop it. This is another reason for my doubt that this is the Bible’s Wormwood. I think that even with our current technology, our government(s) could alter the trajectory or break up a asteroid of only 60 meters in size Especially when they speculate that a portion of it is ice.

    • IreneK

      Eleven months from now is February, not December.

      • http://spanishdiggins@gmail.com Me

        Irene; it was a joke…

      • Alleyway Al

        So 2 or 3 thousand years go by and they’re of by a month or two. Not too bad by my calculations.

    • http://www.phuku.com EDGAR FRIENDLY

      Hopefully the aSTRIOD WILL LAND ON WASHINGTON DC

      • http://spanishdiggins@gmail.com Me

        yes, perfect, yes yes!!!

      • James

        Let’s all pray that it will.

  • Thom

    Isn’t that the day that Snooki is supposed to deliver a litter of Snooklets? How could the Mayans have known?

    • Sirian

      LOL!!! Snooklets, that’s a good one!!! LOL!!! :)

      • http://yahoo john martin

        what’s a snookie?

      • http://naver samurai

        Snooki is an actress from The Jersey Shore and not a very good one either. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

      • Alleyway Al

        She is nobody , thats who.

    • http://gravatar.com/copakeman copakeman

      i read a funny post in reply to the intelligence of American voters concerning snookie..
      “voters are all idiots, they are mone concerned if snookie has more hair on her head or on her pussy”

    • 101stRECON68

      You guys crack me up. Thanks for starting my Tuesday off right. “A litter of Snooklets”, man this is classic. Can’t stand that little slut either and this is a perfect description.

    • Paul E Taylor Jr

      Hey I was born and raised in Toms River, NJ, right across the bay from Seaside. Snookie acts like any benny that comes to visit during the summer. She is a trash slut !!!!

  • Steve E

    I hope it doesn’t hit the White House in 2013. I don’t want anything to happen to Ron Paul.

    • Capitalist at Birth

      Ron Paul will never reside in the White House. When will you Paulobts except reality?

      • Rocky Night

        Sadly I fear that you are right since the system is so corrupt.

      • Lady Kroft

        …learn to spell, dude. geeezzzzz!

      • Bill

        If Paul does not occupy the White House you will probably occupy the jail house.

    • Stet Fielder

      Right on brother! Dr. Paul is the ONLY one of the candidates that can win in the general election. We just need to convince the GOP.
      http://outcomemag.com/news/politics/2012/02/28/rasmussen-poll-puts-paul-ahead-of-obama/

      • Humpty Dumpty

        The GOP seems to be playing the same game(s) that the DNC played last election cycle in getting Obama to become “the party” have the first black president. Unfortunately, in the DNC’s zest for such acclaim, it messed up in a lot of ways, including whether their guy was constitutionally eligible to become president. There’s a great YouTube wherein Obama himself says he was not born in the USA. I think that YouTube should become this election cycle’s main TV advertisement by every candidate running for president along with their showing their birth certificate. You can see I like political drama.

    • http://spanishdiggins@gmail.com Me

      Yes, agreed, that would be quite tragic, nor his son.

  • Sirian

    This is going to be another highlight for amateur astronomers – me included. They know it’s orbit and how close it will pass by. Don’t worry about it folks, look forward to watching it zip by if you happen to be in the right locale. They’ll toss out the exact time and date of it’s passing a couple months or so before it gets here.

    • Laurie

      Thank you! I sure hope so, but where will they put out the info? What website?

  • mark hammer

    if it does hit, we know for sure it’s global warming and those right wing extremists in the tea party. and if it lands on a minority, then you know it’s going to be a hate crime and eric holder will look into it. the press won’t notice it if it lands in a republican district and congress will raise taxes in the new “asteroid prevention act”.

    God Bless America!

    • BGinTN

      You forgot, they will be the only one to offer asteroid insurance as well.

      • Don’t Taiz Me Man

        And don’t forget we will be forced to pay for that mandatory Insurance to. We will have no choice or the Government will fine us all!!!.

  • http://gravatar.com/copakeman copakeman

    will this asteroid hit contribute to global warming or will the debris put into our atmosphere contribute to global cooling or will this cause the o administration cancel the 2012 elections ?

    inquiring minds want to know.

  • Max Penn

    If it hits Washington DC all will be OK.

    • 101stRECON68

      If it split in two and half hit DC and the other half hit Teheran, THEN it would be OK! I’m not picky though, as if it hit Afghanistan, Iraq or Iran I wouldn’t complain too much.

      • Jonny Walker

        Or if you want to go completely Biblical, it could hit Damascus, Syria. It says Damascus will become a pile of ruin. It is the oldest inhabited city in the world, it has never been totally destroyed. Should that prophecy happen, there will be a huge growth in Believers. Check out “The Great Secret of Solomons Temple” on Youtube… Get ready for a Rood Awakening.

  • Kenneth

    Does this mean I need to stay awake for 11 months worrying. I’m waiting for Obama to blame this on Bush. Ken

  • TIME

    Perhaps this event would be in the best interest of the human condition that this large rock slams into the earth.
    Then again some may feel thats rather harsh, then again the Great Flood may have been harsh too.
    So is it time for a reset of the Human condition?
    I don’t know, lets see, “Ignorance & Stupidity” as well the lacking of respect for God LAWS is the nature of the beast at this point in time, as I recall that was also the case way back when.

    You tell me, should humans exist?

    Just some unique food for your gray matter to review.

    Keep in mind its never – ( IF,) – — its really more of “WHEN.”

    • humanalltoohuman

      Yet another religious nut job wanting to kill everyone that doesn’t believe the buybull.

      • TIME

        Should I call you a bloody Butt Wipe – for being an Ignorant fool?

        Perhaps you should first learn to read let alone understand what a question is, then learn to use your gray matter for something other than a smoothie.

        Peace and Love, even to mindless freak of nature.

      • http://naver samurai

        Way too much kool aid. You think talking about God is bad? What do you think about this nut job?

        http://www.americanvisionnews.com/2178/liberal-talk-radio-host-mocks-tornado-victims-their-god-keeps-smashing-them-into-little-grease-spots

        FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

      • Rudi

        Hey turd, it’s not our word, it is God’s word. Go on and keep mocking it. He did not lie and his word is the only word you need. Wake up and prepare your soul.

      • Laurie

        I won’t waste my breath saying “God Bless You” because in spite of all your mocking,
        I know that God keeps His promises, and disbelieving in God does not keep you from going to Hell.

  • Rennie

    Fact is sooner or later one will be a problem and we don’t need to be told two days after another narrow miss that one went by (March 1st, an 8 m at .6 Lunar Distance, just appeared on the chart yesterday), we need to see a space shuttle sitting at a launch pad that can be ready in less than 6 months for an intercept. The SMART thing would be to detonate it after it passes earth so the debris field has time to thin out before encountering earth again. Blowing it up just before impact will still create a superheating event like that which created the glass desert on the Libyan/Egyptian border. Blowing it off course requires knowledge of orbits, plus we are in a solar cycle that so far is keeping scientists guessing and dismissing old theories. It’s good we have all the new sensors and satellites in space, but at teh sametime it’s a reminder of how little we do know as fact, and cutting NASA’s budget was a very stupid thing to do. We don’t need to visit Mars, we need a permanent base or at least observatory on the dark side of our moon and some effective way to defend THIS planet from things like asteroids. FIRST they need to secure our computers/data/GPS and guidance systems so that neither Russia or China is hacking/over riding them. If we had a President that put the security of this nation above apology tours, maybe we could have a space program that protects this planet, and not directs them to studiy why foreign cars accelerate when people put their feet down on both pedals.

    • Rudi

      I forgot, Obama canceled the Nasa program….are you starting to wonder why yet? Do you believe in coincidences? Me either.

    • Laurie

      Couldn’t have said it any better!!!

  • FreedomFighter

    Im kinda hoping this Rock hits DC as Obama does his re-elected speech.

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi

  • Peter

    Suggested reading; Lucifer’s Hammer by Niven and Pournell. A darned good post-apocalyptic novel about a comet strike. There is a very good section discussing the effect of theoretical strike. With any strike there is a 75% chance of it hitting water. The oceans’ average depth is about 4000 meters so picture a column of water 60 meters in
    diameter about that height. Now think about that 11 million cubic meters of water being converted into steam by the passage of the meteor towards the bottom and that expanding steam displacing additional millions of cubic meters of water and propelling it into the atmosphere.
    It is not a question of ”if” but of ”when”.

    • Robert Smith

      Hi Peter,

      You are absolutely correct. Another fun romp is “When Worlds Colide” (also a movie) and “After Worlds Collide (1934)” from the early 1930s. Both of were co-written by Philip Gordon Wylie and Edwin Balmer.

      Human kind sure can be selfish.

      Rob

  • Jim

    About time that
    God cleanses all the filth from the earth. Maybe it could break into two parts and hit Washington and Chicago.

    • Robert Smith

      And folks wonder why I call that right wing christian god “brutal.”

      Oh well…

      Rob

      • http://spanishdiggins@gmail.com Me

        He’s actually the utimately loving God, until you really PISS HIM OFF when you don’t put his word first and listen!

      • http://naver samurai

        SSDD, eh Rob? Why don’t you just be quiet and listen to more of that heretic Bishop Spong. Both of you are bound for hades. Good and truthfull post Me. Keep up the good fight, fellow patriot! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • http://gillysrooms.blogspot.com GILLYSROOMS from Australia

    What most people in the so called freer world fail to realise is that we are really living under elected dictatorships in USA and Australia where i live.

    We are so quick to jump up and down and tell Putin what they are doing wrong in Russia without realising that our own political system is very similar, if the complaints of how Obama was elected and is running the place is any guide.

    The word ‘Democracy’ is a loose term our politicians like to use when they are dictating what their citizens should be doing and making sure we do what they want by using the military in overseas regions and the militarised police at home. The media is complaining that many of the Russian citizens are complaining of electerol fraud on why Putin got 64% of the vote but I think he got in fair and square and even if in reality he got only 40% in real votes, that would still be a majority and he is the only guy who can control and keep the Russians in control truth be known.

    Do we really want 50 million Russians excaping and invading the USA and Australia to live whenever they get the money and freedom to travel? Their voters got who they really wanted, so lets not us complain that their votes were not freely given when we are always complaining of most of politicians telling porkies and doing something different to their promises during election campaigns.

    Anyone disagree with me…please comment.

    • Nadzieja Batki

      I know there is quite a time difference between where you are and where we are but you are posting to the wrong article. Maybe you are sleep deprived, so give it a rest.

  • http://personallibertydigest gottaplenty

    My MY I wasnt aware NASA had been around so long .to keep us from being hit by astroids for so long..

  • scout

    What if the earth’s magnetic fields reverse or if HAARP alters the magnetic fields and create a difinite collision . We are constantly altering our surroundings. WHY?

  • Good grief

    I can only hop

  • http://www.josealbertozabaleta.com Jose Alberto Zabaleta

    El dia 24 de octubre aparecera en el espacio profundo un asteroide aun mas grande que se dirige a la tierra ESTEMOS PREPARADOS ……..

    • Randy G

      ????? Try English!

      • SCSharon

        October 26: There appears an asteroid from deep space, bigger than the size of the Earth…Let’s get prepared!
        A rough translation of the Spanish post….

      • Rudi

        Remember we may be American’s but the networks span the entire world. Be patient when it is written in other translations….okay so I have practiced my patience lesson for the day. I feel better.

        Maybe that is why the US govt. is stocking up on food, building underground tunnels (at the speed of light), preparing for World wide and National disasters (at the speed of light)….and taking away our water and land rights…..somethings brewing they are not telling us about and I believe this is one of them.

    • http://naver samurai

      This is America, so speak English. Must be from south of the boarder. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • Althea

    As long as people are recommending books, get yourself a copy of Catholic Prophecy, by Yves DuPont. It’s short and completely thorough, not to mention fascinating (Catholic or not). Supposedly the comet to worry about comes after about 4 years of global war. Then it’s followed by 3 days of darkness (also google-able). I find all this very interesting.

  • Wyatt

    Ok everyone , bend over , pucker up and prepare to kiss it goodbye ! lol

    No , this isn’t the big one ‘Dec21 , 2012 . If any one botherered to check , you would know that that date on the Mayan calender has passed .We use the Julian calender which the Mayans didn’t . They had no leap year provision and in fact knew nothing of it . so if we were using their calculations we’d already be dead .

    Actually I think that some Mayan calender makers just ran out of room on the calender he was making and is now , sitting up in Mayan afterlife laughing his ass off over the dismay he has got all the genius minds in .

  • http://www.thepoormansguidetosurvival.com Beth

    If the thing hit’s us, then look for everyone to blame President Bush for not completing the “star wars” program.

  • http://PersonalLibertyDigest Carrie

    If this is the star wormwood talked about in Revelation, which it possibly could be, the bible also states that there would be signs in the sun, moon and stars.

    • humanalltoohuman

      That’s not wormwood, didn’t you watch the last season of Dexter?

    • http://naver samurai

      Since Wormwood will make 1/3 of the fresh water bitter and not able to drink, it would have to be bigger than 60 meters across. It can still cause a lot of damage to an area, but it would have to put as much stuff in the air as a Yellowstone supervolcano erruption. But it is good to see another God fearing patriot on this site. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • 45caliber

    I’ve heard that this will be inside the orbit of a few outer satellites but will miss the earth by a lot even so. It is more of an alarm to try to get people scared than anything. NASA is more concerned about one that may come by in two or three years. Even if this did hit the earth, most of it would vaporize before it hit. And the likelihood is that it would land in the ocean anyway.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000607110622 Michael Hertel

      If it his the ocean it will cause massive waves that will kill millions perhaps, better it hits land, especially if land that is sparsely inhabitated.

      • http://naver samurai

        It could always hit Rhyad in Saudi Arabia. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • Dan

    The earth will be far better off with the blight of humanity erased from its surface. Asteroids are one of natures ways of resetting the biological clock. Our time here as supposed masters of the earth is very limited, we’re pushing nature too far out of balance, and that will lead to our inevitable downfall as a species. If a species cannot exist in harmony andor change with its environment, it is doomed to extinction. No prophecy needed, science shows this to be true.

    • Sirian

      Dan,
      Hmmm, “The earth will be far better off with the blight of humanity erased from its surface.” Really? Well, if that’s the way you feel then why are you still here?

      • 45caliber

        He is one of those who worships the environment. And since he does, he feels that he is far more important than those of us who worship something else.

    • Nadzieja Batki

      Why are you so eager to have people offed but you are still living and posting? Do you have high hopes that you will repopulate the new earth with people of your mindset?

      • Sirian

        Oh Lord Nadzieja, don’t go giving him any ideas, we sure as heck don’t need that :)

    • http://naver samurai

      Need to put down the 40 ounce kool aid and go back to bed. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • Alleyway Al

    Yep, The question is not if, it is when. The fools don’t read enough history or watch history channel.The earth was bombarded by comets and astroids in the past and it will happen again someday. Fools not prepped will disappear, that’s not a bad thing. Have a blessed day.

  • Art

    When are you people going to learn, no matter who you put in the white house same old, same old nothing ever changes in politics.

    • Deerinwater

      WellI know that “O” got “O” and “w” didn’t! How complicated must it get?

    • Sirian

      Uh, what’s politics got to do with the orbital path of an asteroid Art? Knock, knock, Hello??? Anyone in there??? Nope, doesn’t seem as if there is. . .

  • Rudi

    If Obama wins in 2012, we, our Nation, the World will be begging for the sun to collide into us.

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  • Bill

    Oh I hope that it would be strike Iran for good!

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