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NASA predicts large asteroid could smash into Earth in 159 years
« on: September 20, 2023, 12:52:23 pm »
NASA predicts large asteroid could smash into Earth in 159 years

By Patrick Reilly
Published Sep. 19, 2023

NASA scientists have predicted there is a chance that a massive asteroid they have been tracking could smash into Earth in the year 2182, potentially devastating an area the size of Texas.

Bennu, a near-Earth object, orbits the Earth roughly every six years and has been on the space agency’s radar since 1999 when it was first discovered.

There have been three close encounters involving Bennu, in 1999, 2005 and 2011, scientists said.

On September 25, 2135, Bennu will make a close fly-by past Earth and has a miniscule chance of passing through a “gravitational keyhole” that would put the space rock on a collision course with the planet in 2182 — 159 years from now.

A paper from the OSIRIS-REx science team gives Bennu just a 1 in 2,700 chance — or 0.037% — of impacting Earth on September 24, 2182.

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Source:  https://nypost.com/2023/09/19/nasa-predicts-large-asteroid-could-smash-into-earth-in-159-years/

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Re: NASA predicts large asteroid could smash into Earth in 159 years
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2023, 01:35:17 pm »
Marking the date on my calendar.   Wouldn't want to miss it.
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Re: NASA predicts large asteroid could smash into Earth in 159 years
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2023, 01:37:35 pm »
Marking the date on my calendar.   Wouldn't want to miss it.

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« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2023, 01:42:26 pm »
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Re: NASA predicts large asteroid could smash into Earth in 159 years
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2023, 03:39:28 pm »
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Re: NASA predicts large asteroid could smash into Earth in 159 years
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2023, 06:56:29 pm »
Can't it get here any sooner?
Let it burn.

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Re: NASA predicts large asteroid could smash into Earth in 159 years
« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2023, 07:01:46 pm »
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Great, another excuse to increase my home and car insurance + the asteroid rider + the meteor rider + the comet rider.
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Re: NASA predicts large asteroid could smash into Earth in 159 years
« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2023, 07:15:16 pm »
Marking the date on my calendar.   Wouldn't want to miss it.
So should we party like it's 1999...if man is still alive? I mean aren't we all going to be dead from climate change , like 150 years by then?

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Re: NASA predicts large asteroid could smash into Earth in 159 years
« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2023, 07:17:09 pm »
Can't it get here any sooner?
Impatient? :silly: