Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Playing "dodgeball" in the heavens.

We're not even talking about last night's electrical storm that blew into Pittsburgh. This is different.

Asteroid Double Whammy Near Earth Wednesday Wired Science "Two small asteroids will come within moon distance of Earth Wednesday.
The first, asteroid 2010 RX30, will come within 154,100 miles of Earth — about 60 percent of the Earth-moon distance — at 5:51 a.m. EDT (1251 UT). This asteroid is estimated to be about 42 feet across.
The second, 2010 RF12, will come almost 12 hours later, at 5:12 p.m. EDT (0012 UT Thursday). It will swing by Earth at just 20 percent the Earth-moon distance, or 47,845 miles. 2010 RF12 is even smaller, only about 23 feet across."

The fact that they’re scheduled to arrive so close to each other is purely a cosmic coincidence.

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