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bmpbmp
2004-Dec-08, 03:16 AM
Asteroid (2004 VW14) and Comet Machholz

How far are they if they are different from earth on there closest aproachs

Thank You

Maksutov
2004-Dec-08, 03:44 AM
Asteroid (2004 VW14) and Comet Machholz

How far are they if they are different from earth on there closest aproachs

Thank You
Asteroids aren't comets. Thereby hangs a tail.

It's the end of the world as we know it.

Meanwhile Asteroid 2004 VW14 comes within a scary 0.01267 AUs on December 24th. Hey, that's a christmas eve collision!

When C/2004 Q2 (Machholz) comes by on Jan. 5-6, 2005, it will be just 0.34408 AUs away. That is, if we're still here!

BTW, 0.01267 AUs is 1,895,405 kilometers (1,177,750 miles). 0.34408 AUs is 51,473,635 kilometers (31,984,234 miles).

Silent Knight
2004-Dec-08, 06:09 AM
And to put that into perspective: The Moon is 384,403 kilometers (238,857 miles) distant from the Earth.

The Bad Astronomer
2004-Dec-08, 06:16 AM
... and because I know how you worry about such things, bmpbmp, those are both misses by very wide margins.

mickal555
2004-Dec-08, 02:34 PM
... and because I know how you worry about such things, bmpbmp, those are both misses by very wide margins.
I think thats a shame real,y wouldn't it be cool if it came between us and the moon. :D :D :o

AstroRockHunter
2004-Dec-08, 11:09 PM
mickal555 wrote:


I think thats a shame real,y wouldn't it be cool if it came between us and the moon.

Which raised an interesting question.

What would happen if a comet or astroid did pass between the earth and the moon???

(Or is this hyjacking the thread???)

TriangleMan
2004-Dec-08, 11:20 PM
Which raised an interesting question.
What would happen if a comet or astroid did pass between the earth and the moon???
According to the cartoon Thundarr the Barbarian the Moon will split into large chunks and all of the Earth's clouds will be sucked away. Most of humanity will die in various catastrophes but those of us who survive, and don't mutate into powerful monsters, will have magic powers! :o

Orrrrrrr, it might look like a bright star (or comet) as it neared the Earth. If it were to go directly in front of the Moon it would be really cool to watch. 8)

archman
2004-Dec-09, 06:04 AM
Which raised an interesting question.
What would happen if a comet or astroid did pass between the earth and the moon???
According to the cartoon Thundarr the Barbarian ... :o

What a great show.

Charlie in Dayton
2004-Dec-09, 09:30 AM
bmpbmp, ol' sock, I am muchly curious...what is it about things like this that sets you into a panic (so to speak)? I mean, you seem to be doing much better than you have in the past...indeed, you'd show up here frothing at the mouth and sweating blood. Now, you seem relatively calm. But there's still an element of concern you express.

So...what is it that makes you think we're going to be caught unawares by some astral rock that will pulverize Earth and liquefy humanity?

Just askin'...

kucharek
2004-Dec-09, 09:58 AM
Meanwhile Asteroid 2004 VW14 comes within a scary 0.01267 AUs on December 24th.
It comes within 0.00000020348921 lightyears!

That looks scarier :-)