OK, it’s not really the sky, but story 1 is about an asteroid. It is coming close, but no cataclysm, scientists say.
An asteroid at least 500 feet long will make a rare close pass bynext week, but there is no chance of an impact, scientists reported Thursday.
The object, known as 2007 TU24, is expected to whiz by Earth on Tuesday with its closest approach at 334,000 miles, or about 1.4 times the distance of Earth to the moon.
BUT MAYBE WE SHOULD WORRY!
Scientists who say that this thing will come close but miss us entirely really don’t even know how big it is.
Spotted last October by the NASA-funded Catalina Sky Survey in, 2007 TU24 is estimated to be between 500 feet and 2,000 feet long.
That’s a wide estimate! They could be up to 4 times wrong about the size and still be right! It is like saying my mini cooper is estimated to be between 13 and 52 feet long!
AND – The date on the press release indicates that today is the day (January 29th).
IF THAT WEREN’T ENOUGH!
A disabled U.S. spy satellite is likely to break into small pieces when it falls towithin weeks, posing little danger to humans, U.S. government officials and space experts said on Monday.
Most, if any, debris that survives the intense heat of re-entry would likely fall into the oceans, which cover more than 70 percent of the Earth, White House National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe said.
But he said the U.S. government was monitoring the satellite’s descent from orbit and examining different options to “mitigate any damage.”
Keep a watch on the sky!