Asteroid to Pass Earth June 27, 2011

On Monday, June 27, 2011 at 9:30 pm Manila time, an asteroid which is 5 - 20 meters in diameter will pass on Earth as close as 12,000 kilometers. NASA or the United States' National Aeronautics and Space Administration reveals this event on their website last Friday.

The discovery team of NASA's Near Earth Object Project Office based at Socorro, New Mexico found the space rock and they named it "Asteroid 2011 MD". "An orbital analysis indicates there is no chance it will actually strike Earth" according to them.

According to NASA, Asteroid 2011 MD "will reach its closest Earth approach point in extreme southern latitudes, in fact over the southern Atlantic Ocean".

They also said that, "The incoming trajectory leg passes several thousand kilometers outside the geosynchronous ring of satellites and the outgoing leg passes well inside the ring". The asteroid will also miss the many satellites circling the planet as it comes in.

Using even a not-so-powerful telescope will help anyone to spot the Asteroid 2011 MD in the skies tomorrow night, June 27 at 9:30 PM because it is just bright enough ;-)


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