- Asteroid to skim the Earth this Friday
Travelling at between 12,427mph (20,000kph) and 18,641mph (30,000kph) – around five miles (8km) a second, or eight times the speed of a rifle bullet – the asteroid will fly inside the orbits of high geostationary satellites some 22,000 miles (35,406km) above the Earth.
The “Hollywood option” of blowing up an incoming asteroid has been ruled out by experts. Such a dramatic solution would only result in deadly debris raining down on Earth. Instead, scientists are looking at ways of gently nudging an asteroid onto a safer trajectory.
How would you go about ‘gently nudging’ an object moving at such a speed? 😕Posted 5 years agograntwayMember
mikewsmith – Member
Asteroid to skim the Earth this Friday
An asteroid capable of destroying London will skim past the Earth on Friday, approaching closer than many satellites.
1 word and all the difference “Past”
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Really mike smith believe you got it wrong mmmmbuzz-lightyearMember
Passing inside Geostationary orbit – 22,000 miles doesn’t sound close but in astronomical terms it’s close.
We had the discussion about the volume of near-space last week. Geo satellites are in equatorial orbit. The chances of a collision or disruption are minute.
I just hope they got their sums rightPosted 5 years ago
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