Monday, January 13, 2014

"Potentially Hazardous" Near Earth Object (Asteroid) Spotted By Nasa's NEOWISE Spacecraft | VIDEO

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WISE Spacecraft, in its Orbit Around Earth

Nasa spacecraft spots 'potentially hazardous' new asteroid

By Lucy Kinder

Nasa's NEOWISE spacecraft spots "potentially hazardous" never before seen asteroid

Red dots in this composite picture indicate the location of the first new near-Earth asteroid seen by NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer
      Nasa's newly reactivated asteroid hunting space telescope has spotted its first potentially hazardous space rock.

The new asteroid is the first discovery by the Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) since the spacecraft came out of hibernation last year.

The rock, named 2013 YP139, is approximately 27 million miles away from Earth and is estimated to be 0.4 miles in diameter. It's infrared signature suggests the asteroid is extremely dark, like a piece of coal.

It has also been classified as a potentially hazardous near Earth object as its orbit suggests it could pose a risk. Nasa believes that the impact of an asteroid any larger than half a mile in diameter could have "worldwide effects".

The Chelyabinsk meteor which entered Earth's atmosphere over Russia last year and injured 1,500 people was only 55-65 feet in size. . . .

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