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NightStalker160
2005-Feb-05, 12:03 AM
http://www.space.com/spacewatch/050204_2004_mn4.html

According to the article, the asteroid MN4 (the one that they thought might hit us in 2029) will pass so close to Earth that it will be at magnitude 3.3 over Africa, Europe and parts of Asia. Cool stuff, better book a flight.

um3k
2005-Feb-05, 12:16 AM
Dangit. When are they going to have an astronomical event I can watch?

skrap1r0n
2005-Feb-05, 02:55 AM
http://www.space.com/spacewatch/050204_2004_mn4.html

According to the article, the asteroid MN4 (the one that they thought might hit us in 2029) will pass so close to Earth that it will be at magnitude 3.3 over Africa, Europe and parts of Asia. Cool stuff, better book a flight.

Will is be visable from the western hemisphere at a lower magnatude? Sorry idn't read article.

Edit: Hell never mind, I'm not planning a star party 24 years in advance...

A Thousand Pardons
2005-Feb-05, 10:49 AM
Cool stuff, better book a flight.
I would talk to Toutatis first. :)

On the other hand, the article says "On average, one would expect a similarly close Earth approach by an asteroid of this size only every 1,300 years or so, Chesley and his colleagues have determined." So, it's once-in-a-millennium type event.

Probably like those hundred-year storms we've been having.

Silent Knight
2005-Feb-05, 09:04 PM
The 2029 event will be the closest brush by a good-sized asteroid known to occur. The rock will pass Earth inside the orbits of some satellites. No other asteroid has ever been clearly visible to the unaided eye.

Will this hit any satellites?

The Bad Astronomer
2005-Feb-05, 09:41 PM
Actually, Vesta can be naked eye sometimes (http://www.rasnz.org.nz/MinorP/Vesta.htm), too.

mickal555
2005-Feb-06, 12:22 AM
asia....... douse that include australia?

mickal555
2005-Feb-06, 12:29 AM
Actully who cares by 2029 I'll be an adult and I would be able to go anywere I want....

It would be cool if it did hit the moon...

Oh they did mention about vesta btw

Harris notes that asteroid Vesta -- 334 miles (538 kilometers) in diameter -- periodically gets as bright as magnitude 5.3, which is visible to the naked eye under very dark sky conditions. "Curiously, Vesta attains this brightness at its opposition in July, 2029, only a few months after the April 2029 apparition of MN4," Harris told SPACE.com.