Close Approach of Large Asteroid Today
A very large asteroid, 308242 (2005 GO21), is making its closest approach to the Earth today.
The approach distance is not as close as other NEO close approaches, at 0.0440AU, which is 17.1 times the distance between the Earth and Moon. However, the asteroid is very large, somewhere between 1.4km and 3.1km in diameter, which is of a size that would cause global damage
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NEOShield to assess Earth Defence
BBC News: “NEOShield is a new international project that will assess the threat posed by Near Earth Objects (NEO) and look at the best possible solutions for dealing with a big asteroid or comet on a collision path with our planet. The effort is being led from the German space agency’s (DLR) Institute of Planetary Research in Berlin, and had its kick-off meeting this week. It will draw on expertise from across Europe, Russia and
Asteroid Threat to Earth Sparks Global ‘NEOShield’ Project
SPACE.com: “They can be mean and nasty, and they can mess up our planet big time. They are near-Earth objects, dubbed NEOs, celestial flotsam such as asteroids or comets that can, and have, scored direct hits on our humble home planet.
A new international consortium has been launched to address the impact threat to Earth, but, more pointedly, to organize, prepare and implement mitigation measures.”
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