The likely answer to all of your doomsday-ish questions about the asteroid is NO.
NASA scientists have repeatedly said that it is not possible for the asteroid approaching Friday to hit the Earth. But what about communication satellites?
On the asteroid's approach it will "enter and exit a ring of satellites approximately 22,300 miles above the Earth," said CNN meteorologist Sean Morris. According to current modeling of the asteroid's path, it will probably not affect the satellites.
These satellites include those used by television networks, cell phone services and weather services.
"Scientists have determined that it is very unlikely – but not impossible – that television signals, any other form of communication, or any weather data will be impacted by the asteroid," Morris said.
As for global positioning satellites, which communicate with the GPS function on smartphones, the asteroid will pass about 5,000 miles above them and probably won't interfere with navigational systems.
How to land on an asteroid
Objects as large as basketballs, with paths even more difficult to track than the asteroid approaching Friday, pass through the same area every day and don't cause a disturbance.
The asteroid, measuring 150 feet across and weighing 130,000 metric tons, will be 17,200 miles from Earth at its closest proximity. Its speed will be about 4.8 miles per second.
The Space Data Association has said that none of the spacecraft it monitors will be impacted, Morris said.
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I giggled a bit at morgans comment
A phone system comprises multiple telephones used in an interconnected fashion that allows for advanced telephony features such as call handling and transferring, conference calling, call metering and accounting, private and shared voice message boxes, and so on. A telephone system can range from just a few telephones in a home or small business up to a complex private branch exchange (PBX) system used by mid-sized and large businesses.'
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Instead of spending the enormous pile of cash used for defending ourselves from each other, perhaps we should use it to defend our planet from lifeless intruders. Of course that only makes sense if we avoid poisoning ourselves to death due to unloading our toxic garbage into the environment.
"...or any weather data will be impacted by the asteroid..."
Perhaps "impacted" isn't the proper word when dealing with massive pieces of space rock hurdling past the Earth. "Affected" might be better.
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What about the space station?????
The space station is only about 250 miles above the surface of the Earth. The asteroid will not even come close.
It better not...I enjoy seeing it pass by in the evening skys...seen it many times but still love it!
Wow, CNN are you this stupid? Cell phones use towers and intercommunicate via fiber optic networks digital voice packets. Satellites this far out have to much latency to be used for cell phone connections. Your mixing this up with satellite phones. Just another CNN trying to make up something it knows nothing about.
You are wrong about latency. Comunitcations satellites are 22,500 miles up (from article). The speed of light is 186,282 miles per second. For a signal to go to a satellite and back would take about .25 seconds. A quater second is only noticable if you can see the persons mouth moving in real time (out of lip-sync). The signal will take longer to go through all of the encoders involved.
The reason we don't use satellites for personal comunication is mostly that satellite time is too expensive. It also takes a much larger transmitter to get to space, which is why sat phones are so much larger than the cell phone in your pocket.
I'd love to see everyone's cell phone die...it would be hysterical watching these poor little sheep try to function without one....
Right there with ya.
If my daughter's cell phone died, she would become extremely grumpy. I would send her to your house!!
Especially the police and fire departments and hospitals. Cell phones aren't just toys for the rich and clueless, they are integral to professions that help everyone.
I wouldn't rely on police or firefighters using cell phones for business purposes, instead of more proper solutions. Unless you mean notifying them about incidents by members of general population. Then yes, cell phones make it a bit easier than before they were introduced on mass scale.
If only we could be so lucky.
"These satellites include those used by television networks, cell phone services and weather services." No, cellular phones make use of terrestrial antennas. You see them everywhere. Those antennas are connected by wires, cables, or microwave links to the landline phone system. It is SATELLITE PHONES that make use of satellites.
Technically, cell phones use some of these satellites as well, but only as part of the broader telephone system. But yeah, your hand-held cell phone doesn't quite have the range to reach a geo-synchronous satellite. They can't even reach towers more than a couple miles away, most of the time.
If their is a asteroid heading our way, How come we are not testing any technology to change its course? even dough it wont it us.
I can just see it now ... high-level politician says we can try out testing a deflection system.
Other politicians scream about how we're wasting money on something that has less chance of happening than the same person hitting the Mega Millions one night and then the Powerball the next.
If the asteroid is as close as they say it is, changing it's course could be very dangerous. What if they changed it, and then it did hit us?
Sounds about right.
No, they are inhabited by woosoudolms and they are not hackers.
Only if it hits it while it is pressed against your ear.
But what if the astroid stops and asks to speak to the humpback whales? Will it affect cell phone service then?
There should be little or no interference by the asteroid unless it hits satellite. If that happens you will here a little voice like HAL which says please call back I am about to be hit by an asteroid.
Were it other than NASA scientists – I might be a little more confident.
Yeah... Because nothing says "untrustworthy" more than NASA SCIENTIST...
Well there was that one time back in the 90's when NASA crashed the mars orbiter because they didn't have the correct units of DISTANCE.....
miles, kilometers, same thing... =)
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