Friday, February 12, 2016

Flyby Next Month / Happy Valentines

Newman's Organic made quick in the Kerig
                       This morning  I woke up (TGIF) made my coffee then fired up the Comcast Infinity.

 News report: A small asteroid that two years ago flew past Earth at a comfortable distance of about 1.3 million miles (2 million kilometers) will safely fly by our planet again in a few weeks, though this time it may be much closer.

Me: This is what I love about blogging. Sharing the fear, the excitement, the news. What does that "safely fly by our planet again mean?" Read on, that is after you take a gander at my pre-work breakfast of  organic cage free eggs with organic mayonnaise, organic Dion and organic paprika. Yes, that is an out of this world beautiful African Violet.

News Report: During the upcoming March 5 flyby, asteroid 2013 TX68 could fly past Earth as far out as 9 million miles (14 million kilometers) or as close as 11,000 miles (17,000 kilometers). The variation in possible closest approach distances is due to the wide range of possible trajectories for this object, since it was tracked for only a short time after discovery.

Me: Tonight at our Valentine Dinner (3 east coast and 3 west coast oysters and bacon wrapped scallops for me), and  prime tenderloin for him, I told him while we dined, my husband of 38 years, Yes, it could be as close as  11.000 miles. Bullshit (resounding) was his reply. You read it wrong. No, did not, could be 11.000 miles.

Me: But what does it matter? Read on. But first, take a look at these scallops. Beautiful little asteroids orbiting on the plate.

News Report:Scientists at NASA's Center for NEO Studies (CNEOS) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, have determined there is no possibility that this object could impact Earth during the flyby next month. But they have identified an extremely remote chance that this small asteroid could impact on Sep. 28, 2017, with odds of no more than 1-in-250-million. Flybys in 2046 and 2097 have an even lower probability of impact.

Me: The good news is the asteroid is not going to fall on our heads. Maybe in 2017, but probably not. And in 2097... wow, how old will I be then? Oh, well, it won't matter, I won't be.

News Report:"The possibilities of collision on any of the three future flyby dates are far too small to be of any real concern," said Paul Chodas, manager of CNEOS. "I fully expect any future observations to reduce the probability even more."
Asteroid 2013 TX68 is estimated to be about 100 feet (30 meters) in diameter. By comparison, the asteroid that broke up in the atmosphere over Chelyabinsk, Russia, three years ago was approximately 65 feet (20 meters) wide. If an asteroid the size of 2013 TX68 were to enter Earth's atmosphere, it would likely produce an air burst with about twice the energy of the Chelyabinsk event.
The asteroid was discovered by the NASA-funded Catalina Sky Survey on Oct. 6, 2013, as it approached Earth on the nighttime side. After three days of tracking, the asteroid passed into the daytime sky and could no longer be observed. Because it was not tracked for very long, scientists cannot predict its precise orbit around the sun, but they do know that it cannot impact Earth during its flyby next month.
"This asteroid's orbit is quite uncertain, and it will be hard to predict where to look for it," said Chodas. "There is a chance that the asteroid will be picked up by our asteroid search telescopes when it safely flies past us next month, providing us with data to more precisely define its orbit around the sun."

Me: One thing is for certain. This day had an incredibly beautiful morning. Clear and cool then warming to unseasonably wonderful temps which are predicted to continue through the weekend.

Alas!  Somewhere up in this clear blue sky there is a big rock floating around, along with many others.  In the meantime, I plan to enjoy the weekend and I hope you do, too!  Have a safe and  Happy Valentines Weekend . Sweet dreams!

Morning of  February 12th, 2016

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's about time you got back to blogging after the long lay off. Lou

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