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Asteroid 2007 TU24 Passes the Earth

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#105460 by @ 31.01.2008 00:00 - nach oben -
Asteroid 2007 TU24 Passes the Earth


Explanation:
Asteroid 2007 TU24 passed by the Earth yesterday, posing no danger.

The space rock,
estimated to be about 250 meters across, coasted by just outside the orbit of Earth's Moon.

The passing was
not very unusual -- small rocks strike Earth daily,
and in 2003 a rock the size of a bus passed inside the orbit of the Moon,
being detected only after passing.

TU24 was notable partly because it was so large.

Were TU24 to have struck land,
it might have caused a
magnitude seven
earthquake
and left a city-sized crater.

A perhaps larger danger would have occurred were
TU24
to have struck the ocean and raised a large
tsunami.

This radar image was taken two days ago.

The Arecibo Radio Telescope in
Puerto Rico
broadcast radar that was reflected by the asteroid and then recorded by the
Byrd Radio Telescope in
Green Bank,
West Virginia.

The resulting image shows TU24 to have an oblong and irregular shape.

TU24 was discovered only three months ago, indicating that other
potentially hazardous asteroids might lurk in
our Solar System currently undetected.

Objects like TU24 are hard to detect because they are so faint and
move so fast.

Humanity's ability to scan the sky to detect, catalog, and analyze such objects has
increased notably in recent years.




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zorg.ch
#105511 by @ 05.02.2008 00:16 - nach oben -
das nehme ich glaub als hintergrund, das ist so schön...