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Asteroid to Fly by Within Moon's Orbit Thursday

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Wed Apr 7, 2010 6:44 am via: NASA
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(NASA) – A newly discovered asteroid, 2010 GA6, will safely fly by Earth this Thursday at 4:06 p.m. Pacific (23:06 U.T.C.). At time of closest approach 2010 GA6 will be about 359,000 kilometers (223,000 miles) away from Earth – about 9/10ths the distance from to the moon. The asteroid, approximately 22 meters (71 feet) wide, was discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey, Tucson, Az.

“Fly bys of near-Earth objects within the moon’s orbit occur every few weeks,” said Don Yeomans of NASA’s Near-Earth Object Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

Orbit of asteroid 2010 GA6. Image credit: NASA/JPL

Orbit of asteroid 2010 GA6. Image credit: NASA/JPL

NASA detects and tracks asteroids and comets passing close to Earth using both ground and space-based telescopes. The Near-Earth Object Observations Program, commonly called “Spaceguard,” discovers these objects, characterizes a subset of them and plots their orbits to determine if any could be potentially hazardous to our planet.

JPL manages the Near-Earth Object Program Office for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., operates the Arecibo Observatory under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Va.

3 Comments
hmm, do they only do porkchop plots when the media has sensationalized it?

In particular, where will the Moon actually be when the asteroid passes Earth? 1/10th of a LD away? 11/10ths?
the moon is always there,but it appears different semi half,half,or full at different distances in the solar system in average moon >greater than (200,000)two hundred thousand miles away from the earth at the outter orbit of the moon it is about(223,000)two hundred twenty three thousand miles away from planet earth.The primary and first exploration made by sir-neil arm strong from america and sir-yuri gagreen from russia discribed moon as a planet,have a nice and safe launch by due thursday 08/2010 04:06pm
Does anyone know what is the delta-v between this asteroid and Earth? At a mass of 10000-15000 tonnes, it's possible that we could capture a rock like this if we had enough time to prepare. What an asset that would be at L4 or L5!

johno
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