Earth's Close Encounter With Asteroid!

An asteroid about the size of one that blasted Siberia a century ago just buzzed by Earth.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory reported that the asteroid zoomed past Monday morning.

The asteroid named 2009 DD45 was about 48,800 miles from Earth.

That is just twice the height of some telecommunications satellites and about a fifth of the distance to the Moon.

The space ball measured between 69 feet and 154 feet in diameter.

The Planetary Society said that made it the same size as an asteroid that exploded over Siberia in 1908 and leveled more than 800 square miles of forest.

Most people probably didn't notice the cosmic close call. The asteroid was only spotted two days ago and at its closest point passed over the Pacific Ocean near Tahiti.


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  • by C Location: Greenville on Mar 5, 2009 at 11:15 AM
    To Jay: No honey, you need to start living in the REAL WORLD. In case you have not noticed, prophesies are being fullfilled everyday. Wake up Jay.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Mar 4, 2009 at 06:59 PM
    J, I saw it. About 2 minutes ago on Youtube. Video taken at an observatory in Australia.
  • by Jay on Mar 4, 2009 at 02:07 PM
    You are funny C, you need to stop watching movies and live in the real wold.
  • by No joke!! Location: Chowan River on Mar 4, 2009 at 01:54 PM
    You people act like that's so far away. I don't know about you but if it were to have come closer and missed us by feet bet it would be a big deal then!! We better all thank God that he decided to send it a few thousand miles away from us and not TO US!!! Let Us Pray!! Seriously!!
  • by C Location: Greenville on Mar 4, 2009 at 10:45 AM
    I'm READY!
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Mar 4, 2009 at 09:56 AM
    C; What difference does it make? There is absolutely nothing we can do to stop something like this. If it happens, it happens.
  • by J Location: Gville on Mar 4, 2009 at 09:35 AM
    Whoah. What. Makes it sound like we could have seen it from our backyard. It was almost 50,000 miles away. I'm waiting for someone to come up here and lie that they saw it! ha ha
  • by C Location: Greenville on Mar 4, 2009 at 09:35 AM
    Just like in the movie DEEP IMPACT. This is a WARNING people! WAKE UP AMERICA!!!!
  • by Jay Muhde Location: g-vegas baby!!!!!!! on Mar 4, 2009 at 08:07 AM
    FIRST!
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