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For developing over the next few hours a rare planet killer asteroid.
On course to buzz by earth in a galactic close encounter.
Imagine nine ocean going cruise ships lined up front to back.
That's about the -- of this monster space rock it's so large it has its own moon.
Phil Keating has an update live -- Miami he felt.
Hi meg and -- an asteroid like this one a mile and a half in diameter did slam into the earth astronomers say there would be worldwide -- Including regional death and destruction.
That's what we're dealing with here -- the 1998.
QE2 it is not going to -- -- that you -- -- close flyby.
California's Goldstone observatory discovered asteroid.
Actually -- you actually has its own satellite rock orbiting it and that's what that white -- -- you see on TVQ.
-- -- comes closest to earth today at about 5 o'clock eastern when it will be.
Three point six million miles away QET is actually just one of 101000.
Asteroids flying close to us.
Represented by all of those green dots overall asteroids.
Without to a million asteroids out there that we did not yet I've -- applied.
All of which the focus of NASA's near earth object program.
It's not coming very.
Unusually close to the year but it's going to me.
About fifteen times the distance from the -- the -- But the interesting part about it is that it's so large -- -- evaporated.
There is a lot being done both publicly and privately to prepare for the direct impact asteroid of the future some plans call for sending a rocket or spacecraft into space to collide with it.
Or blow it up other plans call for setting -- -- -- crap to use its gravity to change the trajectory of the asteroid.
NASA next year's spending about forty million dollars to study and discover -- tax.
Where -- the asteroids are and that's basically what -- where -- says three rules of protecting earth and humanity from an asteroid.
Advance warning advance warning advanced warning it.
And then take two aspirin -- but the -- Thanks -- Because of course Mike -- as a senior writer for space dot com Mike.
That picking up -- my joke that's true -- it I mean do we get do we have the capability right now BS three takes a turn and starts heading toward us.
Did to get rid of it.
Well I don't know I don't mean -- not -- so close to the -- now this -- like about.
To zoom past -- just Candace and a couple hours so so we just found out about this thing now there's no there's really nothing we can do it's too big gets you close it would.
-- would take lots of time for us to kind of turn away an asteroid of this size like at this distance.
Yeah I mean if like we had a couple decades of of noticed then yet is possible to send I spacecraft out surrounded who have been kind of talking -- with -- scrap video from like.
Yeah I mean twenty or thirty years -- actually could could potentially -- that thing off course and it's pretty -- I mean this big because it's in this -- is one point seven miles wide they say just a mile -- would make a catastrophic that that it that would be caused a global catastrophe.
If it hit us and this thing is way bigger than that this is pretty major how a -- of -- -- tracking.
Well what has its name suggests 199832.
-- they first discovered it back in 1998.
But yet this is that this is the closest that it's gonna come to us for at least 200 years and down.
Yeah it's it's not.
That's not dangerous to us now it won't be for another 200 years at the minimum but.
But I think what this encounters basically it it's just a reminder that word just kind of zooming through space and and -- cosmic shooting gallery like.
And down there all these rocks out there there's there's millions of them probably every point discovered about 101000 of them.
So when you see -- monster rock like this that's more than a mile and a half wide and it's coming relatively close it just sort of reinforces that while these things are out there -- They're very it's dark they're hard to see -- and eventually.
Now one of them is gonna have our that our our name on it.
Yeah they said that they believe that 65 million years ago Iraq six miles -- -- net and that diameter again this is about one point seven miles in diameter.
Is what wiped out the dinosaurs.
And so the question maybe is not if but -- end.
And I'm comforted by what you said in the first and serving do you believe I mean how how hard is it to detect the ones that are out there now.
And maybe thinking about coming our way 2030 years from now.
Well it's it's tough -- if you think about space is a big place right and he is he has.
This is a big -- but in one and a half miles wide in the depths of space and their their dark two asteroids don't don't give off any of their own -- really are are -- very very little of it.
So they they are very hard to spot but.
But there's good news to -- joining us and -- astronomers around the world have been looking for these big.
They've sort of hit and civilization killers basically anything over about six tenths -- a mile wide.
Could potentially end human civilization that -- -- so they've really prioritize looking for those gigantic ones.
And they found almost all of and they found probably 95%.
Of the ones that they think are out there or more.
And that's and -- and none of those have have our name on them for the foreseeable future so so that is good news but but but there's bad news and that's that some of these smaller ones that can actually.
And it -- a city our state if they -- us those are much much targeted attacks.
And there are many many more of them out there were you when we found it's just a tiny percentage of of those instruments and so yeah there's there's a lot of work still -- to be done.
Yet NASA has dubbed this a quote potential city killer.
But it won't be they say that's not -- actually.
Come anywhere near us -- you know speaking in a larger turn three point six million mile away.
Which is close in the relative scale of things but not close enough for us to worry Mike thank you.
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