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Shot Across the Bow: House-Sized Asteroid to Give Earth a Close Shave on June 27, 2011

This one was only discovered five days before its fly-by.  Seems like it’s just a matter of time before one of these bullets hits this third rock …

Revelation 8:8, “Then the second angel sounded: And something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood.”

By NANCY ATKINSON – “A newly discovered house-sized asteroid will miss the Earth by less than 17,700 km (11,000 miles) on Monday June 27, 2011. That’s about 23 times closer than the Moon. The size and location of the asteroid, named 2011 MD, should allow observers in certain locations to take a look at the space rock, even with small telescopes. It’s closest approach will be at 13:26 UTC on June 27.

According to Skymania, 2011 MD was found just yesterday, June 22, by LINEAR, a pair of robotic telescopes in New Mexico that scan the skies for Near Earth Asteroids.

As of now, asteroid 2011 MD is estimated to be between 9 to 45 meters (10 to 50 yards) wide. Dr. Emily Baldwin, of Astronomy Now magazine, said there is no danger of the asteroid hitting Earth, and even if it did enter the atmosphere, an asteroid this size would ‘mostly burn up in a brilliant fireball, possibly scattering a few meteorites.'” Read more.

Update June 28, 2011: Snapshots of Asteroid That Buzzed Earth – “Earth got a close shave Monday morning from an asteroid so small it was originally mistaken for space junk. The object, called 2011 MD, zipped 7,600 miles above Earth’s surface at about 1:15 p.m. EDT on June 27. It was discovered on June 22 by the LINEAR project, which hunts for objects that pass close to Earth using robotic telescopes in New Mexico.” Read more.

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