Planespotterx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (11 years 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1633 times:
Well it looks like Asteroid 2004 MN4 will make a pretty close encounter with Earth on April 13th 2029, the 320 meter size rock will come as close to Earth at the distance of just below the altitude of geosynchronous Earth satellites which is about 5.7 Earth radii, or 22,600 miles.
The object will periodically become naked-eye of a mag of 3.3 within the Cancer region and will be moving at 42 degrees an hour.
Trajectories put the Asteroid as missing Earth but should it veer more to the right a collision or Atmospheric breakup is possible, and should it veer left it will be in the perfect position to hit the Moon.
Heres the NASA website showing the position of the asteroid on that day as well as more info.
Lehpron From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 7028 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (11 years 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1511 times:
If it took out the moon say bye to tides, astrology and any superstition regardsing our moon, which btw is already moving away from us at about a centimeter a year or so.
A 1000-foot object hitting the moon, reminds me of that comet that hit Jupiter in 1995, a bit close to home IMO. The debris will enter Earth's atmosphere afterwards; you can say bye VFR for a number of days...
Heck, let's consider a linear and abolutely irrelevent idea: if the objects previously mentioned were periodic, then by circa 2050, we could have been hit. Likely by a much smaller target.
The meaning of life is curiosity; we were put on this planet to explore opportunities.
NZ747 From New Zealand, joined Dec 2004, 968 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (11 years 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1354 times:
Of course they are going to say 'near miss' and 'ruled out collision'. Do you really think they would actually say to the world that "a big Asteroid will hit the earth in 24 years and half of you may die"