View Full Version : Close Approach: Images and Animations of Asteroid 2011 MD

2011-Jun-27, 02:40 PM
Today, Monday June 27 at about 17:00 UT, asteroid designated as 2011 MD will pass only 12,300 kilometers (7,600 miles) above the Earth’s surface. Here are some images and an animation of the asteroid’s close approach taken around 09:30UT taken by Ernesto Guido, Nick Howes and Giovanni Sostero at the Faulkes Telescope South through a [...]

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2011-Jun-27, 06:14 PM
Dang !! That's close enough to kiss a frog . ....if ya like that sort of thing . Send that asteroid on it's way !

2011-Jun-27, 09:45 PM
That's within less then one third of geosynchronous orbit. That's practically close enough to leave scorch marks!

2011-Jun-28, 03:04 AM
This fantastic video was posted on another site, it's an animated video from 2011MD POV:


2011-Jun-28, 07:18 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkBFNOah4q0 That is a excellent graphic of what happened today..

But please calm the emotive hype...

A object of a size not unlike a motor home that even if it were to be on a intercept path might not have survived to the impact..

Breaking up and being vaporised. Burning to dust, or falling harmlessly to earth..

Now before you all get angry and throw the toys out of the cot..telling me of doomsday events.. Size and composition are very important factors when wanting to extrapolate the outcome of impacting objects.

2011-Jun-28, 12:18 PM
But please calm the emotive hype...

Who is doing that? All I did was post a nicely done animated video that was posted over on the UMSF site...