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Asteroids

Just spotted this on http://news.uk.msn.com/odd-news/features/articles.aspx?cp-documentid=154628674.
Its about how two asteroids passed within our orbit last wednesday. I think its the first time i have actually noticed something like this on msn and apparently its the first time NASA has seen two pass within 24 hours. Awesome.

Nasa has revealed that two asteroids passed within the moon and our planet’s orbit on Wednesday.

Both objects were identified at the weekend by the Nasa-funded Catalina Sky Survey near Tucson in the US state of Arizona.

The first asteroid, dubbed 2010 RX30, was about 65 feet in diameter and flew past at a distance of 154,000 miles at 9.51am.

The second, called 2010 RF12, was roughly two-thirds the size of its companion and was estimated to pass within 49,088 miles of Earth a few hours later.

Neither posed a risk to the planet, but scientists said it was rare to witness two such objects coming so close to Earth within such a short space of time.

“This is the first time we’ve seen (two) combined within a 24-hour period but that’s probably because we don’t know everything that is out there,” said Lindley Johnson, executive of the Near-Earth Object programme at Nasa’s headquarters in Washington, according to the Daily Telegraph.

In July, Nasa experts gave details of an asteroid measuring more than 600 yards in diameter that has a one-in-a-thousand chance of colliding with Earth in 2182.

Such a collision would create more damage than that of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

This was taken from the link at the top. I would have wrote something myself but i have to get to work.

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Thats No Moon.

Read this the other day which i thought was pretty cool.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/7695994/Largest-scientific-instrument-ever-built-to-prove-Einsteins-theory-of-general-relativity.html

Its about a collaboration between NASA and the European Space Agency to send three spacecraft into orbit of the sun to prove the existence of ‘Gravitational Waves’ predicted in Einsteins theory of relativity. Apparently it will be the largest scientific instrument ever built.

Einstein’s theory of general relativity predicted that when large objects such as black holes collide, ripples in space and time flow outwards. These ripples are called gravitational waves. Fun stuff.

It just seems to remind me of ‘Thats No Moon’. You know what i’m saying right?…Right?