November 3rd, 2011
01:13 PM ET

Asteroid to pass closer to Earth than the moon

An aircraft carrier-sized asteroid, a little over four football fields in diameter, is heading toward Earth and it will pass closer to our planet than the moon.

NASA has classified the asteroid as a “potentially hazardous object” and it will pass to within .8 lunar distances on November 8.  It is the closest approach to Earth of an object this size in over 30 years.

What would happen if an asteroid this size crashed into Earth?

It would result in a 4,000 megaton blast, magnitude 7.0 earthquake and - if it falls into the ocean - could cause a 70-foot high tsunami within 60 miles of the crash site, according to an expert at Purdue University.

However, this space rock poses no threat of an Earth collision for at least the next 100 years, according to NASA’s Near Earth Object Program.

So what’s the big deal?

Encounters of objects this large this close to our planet won't happen again until the year 2028 when an asteroid will pass near Earth to within .6 lunar distances.

NASA plans to study the asteroid with the Goldstone radar antennas in California’s Mojave Desert. Goldstone antennas are very sensitive radio telescopes used to investigate quasars, radar mapping of planets and comets.

Scientists plan to reconstruct the shape of the asteroid with a resolution as fine as 13 feet (4 meters) using the antennas. Several days of high resolution operations are also scheduled at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico.

It will also provide a rare opportunity for amateur astronomers to directly observe an asteroid with optical telescopes.

The asteroid will approach Earth from a sunward direction and it will be a daylight object until the time of its closest approach on November 8.  The best time to see the asteroid will be after the hours of 4 pm EST (21:00 UTC).

Watch more on asteroid 2005 YU55 from CNN's Reynolds Wolf.

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  1. coy4one

    Sounds like an astroid party to me.......yeah!!!!

    November 4, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  2. MrBarrack

    uh oh. somebody call bruce willis!!!

    November 4, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  3. jackson

    NASA...please take the shuttles out of mothballs...fuel 'em up...and send the entire Administration, Senate and Congess into an intergalactic orbit never to return....then the rest of us could get back to fixin all the problems they created...while having a clestial lightshow second to none..on second thought, don't even have to fuel 'em up..just use all the 'hot-air' the politicians have and BLAST OFF!!!!

    November 4, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  4. JR

    Are you all that ignorant ..... I didn't even finish college and I have a simple solution for getting rid of the astoriad. You load up one of the old Space Shuttles with dynamite. Fly the shuttle till it catches up to the astoroid......land on it.... plant the dynamite.....light it...case closed ...problem solved...Da.

    November 4, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  5. Suzy

    Darnded terrorists!

    November 4, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
  6. kickin95

    Isn't this how the moon split in half and altered the gravitational pull causing massive tsunami's and anarchy throughout the world. Oh wait, that was the intro to Thundar The Barbarian.

    November 4, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  7. longtimesailor

    An asteroid? Why not plant Gaddafi on it and truly send him away for good?

    November 4, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
  8. greentea

    hitting earth > Tebow

    November 4, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
  9. TallyChick

    I don't know anything about astrophysics, but is there any risk that the Earth's gravitational pull could make this thing hit Earth? If it's going to be closer to us than the moon and it's a little object (compared to the moon), I would think Earth's gravity would win out. I'm probably WAY wrong, but I'm just wondering....

    November 4, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
  10. James Rand

    Video should win a prize for "cheesy." Who cares about the telescopes, which took half the video. Remarks at the end about 2092 "thinking far ahead" and "grandkids" were completely asinine. Asteroids are a real threat. Typical local TV slobs laughing their way through any story.

    November 4, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
  11. gary

    I don't know why NASA doesn't land on it with the multi-million dollar camera equipment we the tax payers bought, and just see where this asteriod goes. All the time sending pictures back to earth (that would be something for all the BUCKS we've giving them over the years) A 40,000 mph free ride, something NASA been on for 50 years

    November 4, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
  12. Sarcastro

    Move along asteroid. There's no inteligent life to be found here.

    November 4, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
  13. tttttttt

    Wish it would just hit us then we wouldn't have to listen to all this campaign garbage for the next year or watch the Dow go up and down like a yo-yo

    November 4, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
  14. Matt

    If the asteroid arrives 6 nanoseconds ahead of schedule, does that mean it exceeded the speed of light?

    November 4, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
  15. Brad

    Aircraft's diameter is over four football fields? That's insane.

    November 4, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
  16. Barry G.

    Where is Superman, when you need him?

    November 4, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
  17. bobmc

    I have a question.They are looking for potential Earth Orbit Asteroids, and can only give the populace..4 1/2 day notice. "Oh By the way, we just noticed that in 4 day we have this rock headed our way" compare that to the last Sattelite object that may have a frigerator size mass hit the earth, and the new frevor of that event. So we have all these Higher level educated scientist not occupying Wall Street, train to give me a 4 day Notice of a Kennedy Class Sized Rock that is .8 L's away. Hmmgh... I wonder what the error percentage is on this one. Save the World, Save the Global Economy ... I hope it hits China.

    November 4, 2011 at 11:50 am |
    • Brad

      My guess is that even with all the advance notice in the world, if the asteroid decides to fall on earth, it WILL fall on earth.

      November 4, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
  18. mudoublehammad

    I believe that is the asteroid that Muhammad's horse rested upon as it flew through outer space to meet Allah. Therefore, it is the 4th most holy site in Islam and all muslims should head there now.

    November 4, 2011 at 11:49 am |
    • bobmc

      That is about as inciteful as listening to a "Carney" white House Release.Take the course Religious Meteor102.
      Aren't we flying on a sophisticated asteroid captured by a Solar Helium Mass, flying through the Universe as well?

      November 4, 2011 at 11:56 am |
  19. MykeTheVet

    Funny, the FCC is trying out their new EAS on November 9th. Is this going to be "only a test"? Probably.

    People, the big story here is the asteroid that will pass in 2028. HOW can NASA see an asteroid that isn't in range of any of our satelites? Two plus two doesn't equal 4 anymore....

    It's time to have a discussion about our Laws of Physics, because one of those law's isn't true anymore.

    Try these books:
    Fire from Ice
    Tapping the Zero Point Energy
    Any book from Dr. Thomas Lodder

    General Electric doesn't want you to know about ZPE because they CAN'T put a meter on it. Private expeditions funded by Lockheed Martin, General Electric, SAIC, and Jet Propulsion Labs (JPL) are done every month. To the moon in 90 minutes, you say? Already been done. Nine hours to get to Mars? Yawn. Call me a conspiracy theorist or a cook or crazy, whatever. It's all real and it happens with our tax money. Just ask someone who went to the moon: Dr. Edgar Mitchell. Is he crazy too?

    Let's go, baby. Let's have a debate.

    November 4, 2011 at 11:42 am |
    • Brad

      OK. You are a conspiracy theorist or a cook or crazy!

      November 4, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
  20. brokenteeth

    Just send Bruce Willis . He'll sacrifice himself for the greater good of mankind.

    November 4, 2011 at 11:40 am |
  21. LWZRGHT

    I think it would be pretty cool to see, even if it only looks like a speck in the sky. If it hits somewhere, let's try to make it Iran or North Korea. Or at least predict it so they'll freak out.

    November 4, 2011 at 11:35 am |
  22. Robert

    I always look up and see shit!

    November 4, 2011 at 11:33 am |
  23. Crazy dB Dave

    I like how they know it will not hit earth and exactly how far away it will pass, yet just a few weeks ago they couldn't even predict when our own satellite was going to fall to earth!

    November 4, 2011 at 11:31 am |
  24. Old Shoe

    Military plan A: Put 10 or so nukes on it with timers that detonates them in sequence. . . a year or two after it is passed by Earth, timing it so the nukes go off as it passes close to a different planet.
    Military plan B: Shoot missles at the incoming chunks of asteroid coming by 100 years from now, as they get sucked into Earths gravitational pull.
    Military plan C: Dive into Bunkers and leave mankind to fend for themselves.

    November 4, 2011 at 11:30 am |
  25. sumday

    Well what would happen if this hit the moon instead of earth?

    November 4, 2011 at 11:30 am |
    • JMysterio

      I suspect another crater....

      November 4, 2011 at 11:34 am |
  26. Badly-Bent

    Nasa could probably cut it up and sell the pieces. That could keep them going for at least the next 10 years!

    November 4, 2011 at 11:19 am |
  27. Andrew

    We must put a motion before the UN to sanction this asteroid if it continues to threaten us(expect a veto from Russia and China)

    November 4, 2011 at 11:18 am |
  28. Gary Hary

    Can we aim it towards Iran?

    November 4, 2011 at 11:10 am |
  29. bspurloc

    nice job telling us the name of this asteroid.... I mean the normal CNN article just cuts and pastes previous ones so I guess this author is against that and therefore doesnt know the name of it.....

    November 4, 2011 at 11:02 am |
    • JMysterio

      It's got your name on it....mwahahahaha...

      November 4, 2011 at 11:16 am |
  30. Whammybar

    One thimg that did not get discussed. what if the asteroid was to strike the moon? What would the effects be. These articles always focus on an object striking the earth and the effects.

    November 4, 2011 at 10:50 am |
  31. amazinglarry

    I've always thought our next mission to an asteroid should be named the HMROID probe.

    November 4, 2011 at 10:49 am |
    • Badly-Bent

      That woul dbe a godd name for an asteroid. The Hemmroid Asteroid! (a real pain in the butt!)

      November 4, 2011 at 11:21 am |
  32. Phil

    Stop pronouncing it wrong. It's not said "your anus". It's YER IN US (and don't take that one out of context either).

    November 4, 2011 at 10:48 am |
  33. Jesus

    Someone needs to find Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck immediately and get them on a space shuttle!

    November 4, 2011 at 10:42 am |
  34. Jim

    This is way too close comfort. How many near misses has this been in the last 20 years? I think the earth is passing through a shooting gallery. It is like living in a dice game where if you roll snake-eyes you die.

    November 4, 2011 at 10:36 am |
  35. lu

    So... what would happen if it hit the moon?

    November 4, 2011 at 10:32 am |
    • Jim

      Kill all moon people within a 25 mile radius, carve a crater miles wide and shoot out debris to 70 miles...

      November 4, 2011 at 11:00 am |
    • Badly-Bent

      Turn green cheese into green sour cream?

      November 4, 2011 at 11:25 am |
  36. A lot of you are whacked...

    Geez...just read the article and get a life. Don't worry, The Big Bang Theory comes on tonight on TBS....

    November 4, 2011 at 10:31 am |
  37. Dennis D

    I wonder if this has anything to do with the testing of the Nation Wide Emergency Brodcasting System (EBS) being tested about the same time. Sometimes you think of something like an asteroid coming real close and you just say wow! Remember to Stay Calm people!

    November 4, 2011 at 10:22 am |
    • Jim

      I never thought of that, but you may be right, given we Americans are treated like mushrooms by our almighty leaders.

      November 4, 2011 at 10:40 am |
  38. Surfs Up

    Can they predict which beaches will get those 70 foot breakers?

    November 4, 2011 at 10:03 am |
    • Jesus

      Hopefully the entire coast of New Jersey

      November 4, 2011 at 10:46 am |
  39. oscar osabinyi

    I am a bit sceptical of your estimates. When will an asteroid impact the planet? It will happen, sooner or later!

    November 4, 2011 at 1:04 am |
    • Jim

      The later the better 🙂

      November 4, 2011 at 10:48 am |
  40. Jones

    That's why the Chinese are taking the command. No such stupid questions about bones and god, no faith above reason.

    November 3, 2011 at 11:52 pm |
  41. maparave

    cold and silent death for me. please.

    November 3, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
  42. Stone Hendge

    This would be a great opportunity to drop a 4,000 megaton nuke on Iran and blame it on an asteroid.

    November 3, 2011 at 9:46 pm |
    • Terry

      Good One!

      November 4, 2011 at 10:04 am |
  43. neverwas

    hey look a new rock for the Muslims to worship

    November 3, 2011 at 9:44 pm |
    • Jesus

      Hahaha Best comment yet on this story.

      November 4, 2011 at 10:47 am |
    • mudoublehammad

      You rock! (get it)

      November 4, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
  44. b

    "Do you have asteroids? No, but my dad does." -Quick what movie was that in?

    November 3, 2011 at 9:03 pm |
  45. GodLOL

    I hereby decree that the Earth shall not perish until all of my children play Skyrim, LOL. Swag.

    November 3, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
  46. Mark

    Time to get your Nike sneakers on, all dress alike and wait for the spaceship on the backside of the asteroid to arrive and take you away.

    November 3, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
  47. aaa

    We sthould try to blow it up as target practice for "the big one".

    November 3, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
  48. c-bag

    Hasn't anybody ever stopped to think that these objects have probably been flying by much more often than we realize? It hasn't been very long that we've been charting asteroids and building a database. Even at that, we only know of a fraction of the total number floating around out there. This is to say nothing of the fact that at least once a year, something comes close enough to prompt a headline like this one, and people lose their sh!t every time. Have a little common sense.

    November 3, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
    • Tha Chikin

      No joke! The doomers have already started: "It's judgement day", "It's the end of the world", "we are all going to die", "it's going to influence the tides as it passes and we will have tsunamis"... give me a break... the thing is only the size of an aircraft carrier. It's pretty comical to see all these people tripping out. That is why today, I brought some popcorn!!

      Ya know, I majored in astronomy because I wanted to get into asteroid research... figured one day, I might help save the world because only 3% of the sky is being watched. That's like looking trough a pinhole of a brown paper grocery bag trying to find the spicy mustard. Unfortunately, there aren't a whole lot of job opportunities.

      That said... THE SKY IS FALLING!! THE SKY IS FALLING!! **flops on the floor and does the Curly shoulder spin**

      November 4, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
      • pogpog28

        Astronomers keep track only 3% of the Sky...97% probability that they will not tell the truth.

        November 5, 2011 at 1:35 am |
  49. MuddyDog

    NASA cannot confirm its an Assteroid

    November 3, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
  50. Lost

    Deep Impact.

    November 3, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
  51. pogpog28

    It will not hit earth until 2028 BUT did you know that 8 unknown satellites are guiding the asteroid to hit Earth? Emergency broadcast system will be on Nov. 8 or 9 ..l impact will be on the following day. Destination: unknown, controlled environment – NWO. I hope FBI will not trace me.

    November 3, 2011 at 8:26 pm |
  52. Janet

    Oh, let's all pray and pray and pray .... that the course changes and it makes a direct hit on D.C.!!! Talk about a miracle!

    November 3, 2011 at 8:24 pm |
  53. Nsb

    Welcome to reality religious people.

    November 3, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
  54. Wes

    Likely to be an alien Walllmart from the same place the others came from: the Black Hole.

    November 3, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
  55. I hate jews

    If there is a potential that this guy may hit earth in the 100+year future, wouldn't it be a good idea to use some of the nuclear arsenal to make it a tad smaller or destroy it.
    I won't be alive then but who knows what will happend, you know a lot of these computers use Windows based systems which is well known for errors.
    It may come back in 25yrs and have a direct hit on Washington DC.
    You know them Jews would love to see that just to change the American Anthem

    November 3, 2011 at 8:12 pm |
  56. trex

    BETCHA $500 that the asteroid does not hit us...................

    November 3, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
  57. Webspy

    The Bible says telescopes the Devils Work!

    November 3, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
  58. trixen

    Did anyone else read this and start humming Aerosmith? 😉

    November 3, 2011 at 8:06 pm |
  59. MuddyDog

    Question: If the asteroid is passing the Earth within 0.8 Moon Units doesn't that mean its passing the Moon within 0.2 Units? What if the asteroid hits the Moon? Lets not think about that because Uranius is so much more fun

    November 3, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
  60. Dave T

    Yes yes – end of the world, etc. What I want to know is how large of a telescope I need to see this Rock Of Doom and where do I point it?

    November 3, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
  61. Atlantan

    That's no moon...

    November 3, 2011 at 7:59 pm |
  62. hillman

    the closer this thing gets the more extreme weather will happen here on earth this thing is moving 100,000 miles an hour

    November 3, 2011 at 7:48 pm |
  63. mercenary76

    like a lot of things , it is not ones that you can see that get you .

    November 3, 2011 at 7:43 pm |
  64. Greg

    Some call Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck!

    November 3, 2011 at 7:40 pm |
  65. hillman

    they are lying the next time this thing will come by earth again is the year 2021 when they time comes itll hit earth.

    November 3, 2011 at 7:39 pm |
  66. Nadine

    If that crashed on Wall Street would that effect the stock market ? just curious.

    November 3, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
    • Religious sects

      Maybe it'll hit the protestors 🙂

      November 3, 2011 at 7:43 pm |
      • trixen

        I don't think they'll be there 100 years from now. The recession (and thus any motivation to protest) will certainly be over by then... of course, there will be many more between now and then, but that's neither here nor there. lol

        November 3, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
  67. IceT

    Keep an eye on the President & other world leaders ... if they go out of sight on Nov. 7 or the morning of the 8th we'll know the calculations were wrong !!

    November 3, 2011 at 7:36 pm |
  68. NODAT1

    Thundarr the barbarion

    The year 1994: From out of space comes a runaway
    planet, hurtling between the Earth and the Moon,
    unleashing cosmic destruction. Man's civilization is
    cast in ruin. Alittle late but .................

    November 3, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
  69. mark

    Hopefully that asteroid really isn't a space station. We had enough objects falling out of the sky lately...

    November 3, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
  70. mark

    There is reference in the bible on an event wiping out 1/3 of the world's population. That coincidentally is the amount of people of earth that inhabit the coastlines. Might want to let your grandchildren know about that one...

    November 3, 2011 at 7:18 pm |
  71. Rick from space

    It's just Xenu's ship. Tom Cruise told us so, but did we listen? NNNNOOOOO!

    November 3, 2011 at 7:15 pm |
  72. SydneyB_is_better_than_you

    Dudu, this thing better not hit earth! i want a boyfriend first!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 3, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
  73. revbill

    Darn, Now the Tea Party will blame the Democrats saying it's another Obama ploy to get more funding for government programs.

    November 3, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  74. CanNorth

    I think to be safe we should get Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck and the other guys from the oil rig and start training them. Then we start drilling into the asteroid and we blow it up. I know it sounds like a Hollywood movie, but ladies and gentlemen we need to be sure this thing doesn't hit. And if possible we can have Aerosmith make a song about it.

    November 3, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
    • trixen

      Ah! I see I wasn't the only one who got that song stuck in my head reading this... lol

      November 3, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
    • Tom

      Yea just make sure none of them worked for BP 🙂

      November 3, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  75. Jimmy S

    In other news, the National Weather Service is predicting numerous fender benders on the afternoon drive home.

    November 3, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  76. Quick, Duck!

    .8 lunar distances? Please tell me that these calculation were not done by the Congressional Budget Office.

    November 3, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  77. sasquatch

    The asteroid will approach Earth from a sunward direction and it will be a daylight object until the time of its closest approach on November 8. The best time to see the asteroid will be after the hours of 4 pm EST (21:00 UTC

    so it disappears when it's closest? which of the hours after the hours after 4 pm est? wtf?? can I be a riter two?

    November 3, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
    • hillman

      i hope it dos kill us off there is no intelligent life on this planet.

      November 3, 2011 at 7:46 pm |
  78. dman

    Please take us out mister asteroid. It's clear that we really have no business existing on this beautiful planet.

    November 3, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  79. JDB

    Do you think the news is covering this story like they should? Please keep your comments civil. Thank you.

    November 3, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
    • SydneyB_is_better_than_you

      no bcause the news is stupid

      November 3, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
  80. Nostra

    Enough is enough! I have had it with these motherfking asteroids from the motherfking space!

    November 3, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
    • SydneyB_is_better_than_you

      im telling yah, chuck norris will catch it in his teeth!

      November 3, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
  81. Pointless1

    Bruce Willis we need ya man...

    November 3, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  82. Cosmic Guru

    I'm glad NASA is always right. I feel better now. But I'm not worried, we have Tim Tebow.

    November 3, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  83. ejarboe

    I guess it's a good thing I already built my underground Zombie Apocalypse bunker. I'll be taking cover. I never thought I'd see the day when the asteroids would get us before the zombies did. *Sigh*

    November 3, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
    • Tha Chikin

      Are you possibly selling space in your Zombie bunker? **puppy dog eyes**

      November 3, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  84. NevrFunee

    * yawn *

    November 3, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  85. commonsenseisdead

    if we are so civilized a species why aren't we pooling together all our resources to explore this 'object' and build a technology to harness its energy,measure its effects to the atmosphere, and ready to 'intercept such an object of this size collectively.wheres the Startrek confederation when you need em'?oh yeah,we are too busy fighting over oil and watching reality television,smh...

    November 3, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  86. George

    There is a big cover-up going on. According to my calculations this monster rock is going to smash straight into the planet on November 9. Current trajectory has it hitting Landover Maryland.

    November 3, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  87. ReaPr1965

    If you get the life of our planet and put in a timeline of 24 hours mankind has taken up 8 seconds. If I could be next to the most educated professional at NASA on the subect on the 8th, I'd like to shove a lump of charcoal up his ass! The diamond I'd have$$$$!!!!!!

    November 3, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  88. Cornywebb

    We should TOTALLY send Bruce Willis up there to blow up this asteroid!
    That would be cool.
    Does anyone think the tree-huggers will get upset if Bruce did this?
    'cause it would be cool!

    November 3, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
    • Tha Chikin

      I hug trees and I am totally freaking out... what did the asteroid ever do to anyone?? It has the right to live! Please don't call Bruce Willis or Mr. T, or Chuck Norris!!

      It would be pretty awesome if we called Samuel L. Jackson to scare it back to where it came from.

      November 3, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  89. Tha Chikin

    Stay tuned... "SKY IS FALLING" spasams in t-minus 36 hours

    November 3, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  90. callmecrazy

    Nothing that Bruce Willis and Billy Bob can't handle.

    November 3, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  91. Seriously

    Why isn't this article on the home page of CNN, FOX News and others? Why isn't the media making a bigger deal about such a threat and they just keep it under the radar?

    I've actually looked about the technical info on NASA's website and it looks pretty scary.

    November 3, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
    • Tha Chikin

      Maybe because they don't want to create an unnecessary panic? There are already some doom and gloomers proclaiming the end of days.

      That said... I wonder if the dinosaurs sat around and cracked jokes before the big one?

      November 3, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
    • Nonimus

      Naw, I'm sure they were too worried about not enough dino-jobs being available.
      You know too many illegal mammalians taking all the best niches.

      November 3, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
      • Tha Chikin

        Maybe it was... DUN DUN DUNNNNN.... the saber toothed squirrel??
        EEEEEE!

        November 3, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
      • Nonimus

        They're the worst... just think of all the dental work someone needs to provide.

        November 3, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
      • Tha Chikin

        Hrrmmmmm... I am definitely in the wrong business! **thinks she needs to open a dental practice**

        November 3, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  92. 2bits

    Someone should beam a message to Star Trek and have them put a tractor beam on it and sling it into Iran.

    November 3, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  93. Author Charlieg

    The scientists keep talking about how to get such a rock to miss the earth. Would it not make more sense to talk about getting it to hit something, like Saturn, Jupiter, or the sun?

    November 3, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
    • Nonimus

      Interesting thought, but I suspect the energy needed for diversion is significantly less than directing it into another body.
      I was thinking, however, that if, as I think the article stated, this asteroid will be back and get even closer to the Earth, then perhaps we aught to launch a diverting rocket now. With a 100 years to work, it shouldn't take but a minute nudge to divert it out of range of sticking the Earth.

      November 3, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
      • Nonimus

        <– striking

        November 3, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  94. hillman

    we should be able to see this thing in daylight.

    November 3, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  95. hillman

    this close to earth it will have an effect on the tides. and will cause earth quakes.

    November 3, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
    • Tha Chikin

      It's not enough to give us a nosebleed let alone influence anything... come on man. GET A HOLD OF YOURSELF!!

      November 3, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
    • Fookin' Prawn

      [citation needed]
      [common sense needed]

      November 3, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
  96. Ben

    Doomday prophesies involving asteroids are for those inable to cope, bored, or both.

    November 3, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
    • Nostra

      I think the word is "unable"

      November 3, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  97. Keith

    Isn't this how Thundar the Barbarian starts?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYyRtkqsV6c

    November 3, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  98. tjc47

    Dear SpaceX and NASA - Your timeline on the next generation vehicle roll out has been accelerated...no more employee holidays for the next few years...

    November 3, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  99. STEVED

    If this .8 from the earth, then its going to be very close to the moon, what if this thing slams into the moon or moves
    things around with the moon, " Houston excuse me !!! can you pick up the phone....We Have a Problem Here "

    November 3, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
    • Nonimus

      it will be .8 from the Moon's orbit, not necessarily the Moon itself, although in order to get within .8, it will need to actually cross the Moon's orbital path provided they're moving in the same plane, also not a given. However, I don't know where the Moon will on the 8th, so it could happen.

      November 3, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  100. ReaPr1965

    I've got a birthday on the 13th, a truck payment on the 17th, guess what I'm gonna due.

    November 3, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
    • Drew

      Do Dew, Dude.

      November 3, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
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