Two Asteroids Pass Close To Earth, Shows Need For More Near-Space Monitoring
September 9, 2010
(ChattahBox Science News) – Earth encountered a rare phenomenon yesterday, as two separate asteroids passed within the moon’s distance of the planet, underlining the need to monitor near space with greater intensity. Though, this occurrence did happen to be watched by NASA.
It was a fascinating chance for NASA to see the asteroid coming ahead of its’ arrival, and to watch its’ progress. There was no collision, or threat of collision, but the two small asteroids were close enough to cause some alarm.
The first was around 65 feet long, though it may have been smaller, and named the 2010 RX30. It came within 154,000 miles of Earth on Wednesday morning.
The second was around 40 feet long, so much smaller than the first, and was named the 2010 RF12. It came much closer, at within 49,088 miles of the Earth. This has labeled it a ‘near miss’.
What made this such a fascinating event was not necessarily the closeness of the passing, or even that two in a row came within hours of one another. It was that NASA was able to see them before they got close, and watch them move by.
But it was a lackluster achievement, which shows only the potential – and need – for more extensive monitoring of the area around us. with more powerful telescopes and other equipment they would be able to see threats on a wider scale, and possibly come up with a way to eliminate them.