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Asteroid to Enter Atmosphere Tonight!

Postby niko7865 » Tue Oct 07, 2008 1:14 am UTC

A very small, few-meter sized asteroid, designated 2008 TC3, was found Monday morning by the Catalina Sky Survey from their observatory near Tucson Arizona. Preliminary orbital computations by the Minor Planet Center suggested an atmospheric entry of this object within a day of discovery. JPL confirmed that an atmospheric impact will very likely occur during early morning twilight over northern Sudan, north-eastern Africa, at 2:46 UT Tuesday morning. The fireball, which could be brilliant, will travel west to east (from azimuth = 281 degrees) at a relative atmospheric impact velocity of 12.8 km/s and arrive at a very low angle (19 degrees) to the local horizon. It is very unlikely that any sizable fragments will survive passage through the Earth's atmosphere.

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Re: Asteroid to Enter Atmosphere Tonight!

Postby PhantomReality » Wed Oct 08, 2008 6:14 pm UTC

Maybe some janjaweed member will see it and find it so beautiful that he'll stop killing innocent people. Wouldn't that be nice?

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