Latest topics
» Tribute to Light worker Julien Wells, who transitioned on January 14, 2017
Today at 4:39 pm by PurpleSkyz

» Shooting at Miami's Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Leaves Many Wounded
Today at 4:34 pm by PurpleSkyz

» Hero Who Exposed CIA Infiltration and Manipulation Of Media Found Dead
Today at 3:51 pm by PurpleSkyz

» National Academy of Sciences Issues Landmark Statement on Medical Cannabis
Today at 3:47 pm by PurpleSkyz

» Robert F Kennedy Jr: CDC an “edifice of fraud”
Today at 2:45 pm by PurpleSkyz

» Comet Honda/Solar Eruptions
Today at 2:39 pm by PurpleSkyz

» Cosmic Abandonment
Today at 9:37 am by PurpleSkyz

» Mysterious Stone Instruments Keep Being Discovered in Vietnam
Today at 9:01 am by PurpleSkyz

» This Weeks RV/CGR News 2017:1/15-1/21
Today at 8:55 am by PurpleSkyz

» Benjamin Fulford Update 1/16/2017
Today at 8:47 am by PurpleSkyz

» ABE FROMAN ~ Gary Larrabee - Scam Peddler
Today at 8:38 am by PurpleSkyz

» Dave Schmidt Live Stream, Jan. 4th
Today at 8:28 am by Abe_Froman

» Kyrgyzstan: Boeing 747 crashes into village
Yesterday at 11:36 pm by PurpleSkyz

» Interview: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. On Trump’s Proposed Vaccine Commission
Yesterday at 11:15 pm by PurpleSkyz

» ACCORDING TO THE MACUXI INDIANS OF THE AMAZON THERE’S AN ENTIRE WORLD INSIDE OUR PLANET
Yesterday at 11:00 pm by PurpleSkyz

» The Rule Makers Are The Rule Breakers
Yesterday at 10:22 pm by PurpleSkyz

» Will Obama Pardon Hillary at 11:59 PM? MSM Silent about FBI Classified File Dump
Yesterday at 10:17 pm by PurpleSkyz

» Indigenous-Led Pipeline Resistance Camps Spread Across the USA
Yesterday at 10:14 pm by PurpleSkyz

» Anonymous A Message You All Need To Hear
Yesterday at 9:51 pm by PurpleSkyz

» Police: George Michael ‘Probably’ Murdered
Yesterday at 9:48 pm by PurpleSkyz

» The Nature of the True Self, Fear and Peace Within
Yesterday at 9:24 pm by PurpleSkyz

» David Wilcock 1-14-17 FaceBook post about the C2C Antarctica-Atlantis show
Yesterday at 9:23 pm by PurpleSkyz

» Breaking: Ringling Bros. Circus closing down
Yesterday at 9:21 pm by PurpleSkyz

» Landmark Study: Pot Smoke Doesn’t Cause Strokes, But Tobacco Does and Weed Can Stop It
Yesterday at 9:16 pm by PurpleSkyz

» UFO News ~ UFO at Space Station, Appears out of nowhere plus MORE
Yesterday at 9:12 pm by PurpleSkyz

» NIBIRU News ~ Rocket Launched To Confirm “Nibiru Frozen In Space” and MORE
Yesterday at 9:10 pm by PurpleSkyz

»  Tom Henegan Update - January 15, 2017
Yesterday at 9:01 pm by PurpleSkyz

» Good riddence Obama
Yesterday at 8:41 pm by Serena1

» Jeff Rense & Jay Weidner - A Shift in Consciousness
Yesterday at 4:12 pm by PurpleSkyz

You are not connected. Please login or register

Out Of Mind » SOLAR & PLANETARY ALERTS & INFO » ATMOSPHERIC CHANGES » Asteroid 1998 QE2 'Entirely New Beast'

Asteroid 1998 QE2 'Entirely New Beast'

View previous topic View next topic Go down  Message [Page 1 of 1]

1 Asteroid 1998 QE2 'Entirely New Beast' on Mon Jun 17, 2013 8:34 pm

PurpleSkyz


Admin
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Asteroid 1998 QE2 'Entirely New Beast'

Via space.com, 15 June 2013 - A big asteroid that flew past Earth last month belongs to a new category of space rock, scientists say.


Asteroid 1998 QE2 and its moon sailed within 3.6 million miles (5.8 million kilometers) of Earth on May 31, making their closest approach to our planet for at least the next two centuries. New radar images captured by the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico are revealing just how unique this binary asteroid is, researchers say.

“Asteroid QE2 is dark, red, and primitive — that is, it hasn’t been heated or melted as much as other asteroids," Arecibo's Ellen Howell said in a statement. "QE2 is nothing like any asteroid we've visited with a spacecraft, or plan to, or that we have meteorites from. It's an entirely new beast in the menagerie of asteroids near Earth

The 1000-foot-wide (305 meters) Arecibo dish and NASA's 230-foot (70 m) Deep Space Network antenna in Goldstone, Calif., tracked 1998 QE2 as it approached Earth last month, then kept following the near-Earth asteroid as it receded into the depths of space.

The resulting radar images have helped researchers take 1998 QE2's measure. The dark, cratered main asteroid is 1.9 miles (3 km) wide, and it has a 2,500-foot (750 m) moon that orbits it once every 32 hours.

"QE2's moon is roughly one-quarter the size of the main asteroid," Patrick Taylor, also of Arecibo, said in a statement. "Similarly, our moon is also approximately one-fourth the size of our planet."

Studying the moon and its orbit should help scientists determine the mass of the main asteroid, which in turn will shed light on the object's composition, researchers said.

Asteroid 1998 QE2 was discovered in August 1998 by astronomers working with MIT's Lincoln Near Earth Asteroid Research program in New Mexico. The space rock completes one lap around the sun every 3.8 years.

There was never any danger of 1998 QE2 hitting Earth during last month's flyby, scientists say. If it had hit us, the damage would have been severe; researchers think that any asteroid bigger than 0.6 miles (1 km) is capable of inflicting damage on a global scale, primarily by altering the planet's climate.

1998 QE2 is one of roughly 10,000 near-Earth asteroids that have been spotted to date. The total population of close-flying space rocks is thought to exceed 1 million.

Arecibo's observing campaign of 1998 QE2 came to end on Thursday (June 13), observatory officials said.

Related Posts

  • 1998 QE2: Massive Asteroid to make 'Royal' flyby
  • That's no space station! Asteroid 1998 QE2 has a moon, radar shows
  • Asteroid 1998 QE2 'Entirely New Beast'
  • Asteroid to fly within moon's orbit: watch it live today
  • Nuking dangerous Asteroids might be the best protection, expert says

By Laron at 12:00 AM

Thanks to :http://www.transients.info




 “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. 
H
ate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
 Martin Luther King Jr


View previous topic View next topic Back to top  Message [Page 1 of 1]

Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum