Close. Very Close.
Near Miss, Again
Rand Simberg points out that we nearly bought it this morning.
We were just missed by an asteroid this morning, with only three days warning, and well inside the orbit of the moon:
The rock, estimated to be no more than 200 feet wide, zoomed past our planet at an altitude of 40,000 miles at 1:44 p.m. universal time — or 8:44 EST.
Dubbed 2009 DD45, it was discovered only on Friday by Australian astronomers.
“…no more than 200 feet wide…”?
Had it landed on a city, that rock would have caused some major hurt. It was about the same size as the one that hit in the middle of no-where, Siberia, just 100 years ago, knocking down hundreds of square miles of forest and wiping out herds of carribu.
But what’s worrisome isn’t its size, or its speed. What’s scary is the short warning.