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Thompson
2004-May-03, 04:34 PM
http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/mystery_monday_040503.html


This should be something neat. (no pun intended) :)

milli360
2004-May-03, 04:42 PM
Ask Toutatis about it. :)

Andromeda321
2004-May-03, 07:32 PM
Very interesting, I'll have to take a look at it when it comes around.
But you all realize there will be ten million woo-woos around here preaching gloom and doom in a few months right? I mean more then they do now. :roll:

milli360
2004-May-04, 02:37 AM
Mark it on your calendars, Sept. 29, 2004, a five kilometer asteroid will zoom by one million miles away, just four times farther than the moon.

I would have used metric instead, but I liked the nice round number. :)

JFM
2004-May-04, 06:24 AM
Gosh........... we're all going to die, how cool is that?

milli360
2004-May-04, 03:25 PM
From the link: "Toutatis won't be visible to the unaided eye. Ordinary binoculars should be sufficient for spotting it if the sky is clear and dark"

Back of the envelope calculations put it at magnitude 5 to 7, so that's about right. Unfortunately, that's also just the day after a full moon, so the moon, if it's in the sky, will be bright.

iFire
2004-May-04, 04:21 PM
OMG! Its a super-ultradense-gravitywell-poleshifting asteroid. Were all gunna die! Its planet X... hehe :P

stu
2004-May-05, 05:46 AM
But you all realize there will be ten million woo-woos around here preaching gloom and doom in a few months right? I mean more then they do now. :roll:

Yeah ... I guess the discovery of 2004 FH was too late for doom and gloom cries, even though it was less than 4x Earth's diameter away on closest approach. (You can read about it here: http://home.cwru.edu/~sjr16/archive_curevnt_0403.html#_040319_closecall .) Or maybe this one was just too small for the woo-woos to notice. #-o