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Tunguska-Sized Asteroid Homing in on Earth

Tunguska-Sized Asteroid Homing on Earth
22:29 26/02/2012
MOSCOW, February 26 (RIA Novosti)
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An asteroid of the same class as one that allegedly detonated over Tunguska River in 1908 will pass by Earth next year, flying closer than some man-made satellites, according to NASA.

The asteroid, 2012 DA14, will miss the planet by 26,900 kilometers on February 15, 2013, which is closer than satellites in the geostationary orbit of 35,700 kilometers, according to data on NASA’s website published Sunday.

The asteroid, first detected by the Spanish Observatorio Astronomico de La Sagra, is between 40 and 95 meters in diameter and belongs to Apollo group of near-Earth asteroids, many of which are potential collision hazards.

Astronomer groups around the world are continuing monitoring 2012 DA14 to determine its size and trajectory.

The estimated size of 2012 DA14 places it in the same category as the celestial body that, scientists say, exploded over western Siberia in 1908. Though many theories exist concerning the event on Podkamennaya Tunsguska River, the leading explanation is a space body over 50 meters in size blew up in the atmosphere, the blast being at least 1,000 more powerful than the nuclear bomb that destroyed Hiroshima in 1945.

 

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  • wulfranoTunguska
    08:38, 27/02/2012
    That's all we need.
  • arnoldvinette@yahoo.comRIA Novosti staff comment only - please remove
    09:14, 27/02/2012
    Sunday February 26, 2012

    Ria Novosti Staff

    There is a remote chance that this asteroid may strike Russia in an agricultural region.

    In the spring of 2011 I had a very strong premonition that Russia would suffer a 7 year agricultural crisis beginning in 2012.

    The feeling was so strong that a letter was drafted and sent to the Russian Embassy in Ottawa, the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Secretary Hillary Clinton.

    The letter warned the Russian Government of a potential agricultural catastrophe that would destroy crops for a period of 7 years from 2012 to 2018 with recovery in 2019.

    The American and Canadian government were notified to be prepared to stockpile food reserves for Russia to avoid a potential food crisis.

    The cause of this 7 year agricultural catastrophe was unknown. There is a very strong possibility that this inbound asteroid my be the cause.

    Why the impact in Russia?

    On Friday June 12, 2009, I received a very strong premontion of a massive asteroid strike in the United States near Yellowstone National Park. This asteroid strike will destablize the Yellowstone Super Volcano that is primed and ready to erupt. It is currently 30,000 to 40,000 years over due based on its 600,000 year cycle.

    The combined asteroid impact and super volcanic eruption will wipe out ALL life in North America and 9/10ths of the world population on August 17, 2028.

    This asteroid will not strike without warning. The premonition states that the inbound asteroid will be spotted around April 16, 2024. Confirmation date of impact is around around August 2026.

    I cannot explain to you why I know these dates, I just do.

    The Russian, American and Canadian governments have been warned of this premonition and the Small Planet Institute that tracks Near Asteroid Objects.

    Why is Russia to be hit with a smaller asteroid as may now seem to be the case?

    It is a warning to prepare for the much larger impact of August 17, 2028.

    Russian, American and Canadian have been warned to build a large asteroid fallout sheltor complex between Yoshkar-Ola and Kirov and stock it with 50 years of food for a small population of Russian, American and Canadian children plus their teachers. In addition technology from our civilization is to be stored in this facility.

    Food stores must last 50 years to get through the worst of the impact debris stage. Environmental damage from the asteroid and super volcanic eruption will probably effect life on Earth for 1,000 to 2,000 years.

    My premonition indicated that humans from the Russian asteroid fallout facilities would repopulate North America 100 years after the event, however based on evidence of past asteroids. particularily the North American impact of 10,000BC, 100 years seems very unlikely.

    So if this asteroid does strike Russia on February 15, 2013 and destroys agricultural land, I would like the Russian, American and Canadian governments to put a priority on immediately building and stocking the Russian asteroid fallout complex between Yoshkar-Ola and Kirov.

    I have no idea why other than this will be the safest place when the asteroid of August 17, 2028 strikes North America.

    Please keep in mind this is JUST a premonition and two events need to take place.

    1. An agricultural catastrophe in Russia from 2012 to 2018. Recovery in 2019.

    2. Spotting the new inbound asteroid around April 16, 2024 that will impact the Earth. Confirmation around August 2026.

    3. Impact date to be August 17, 2028. Location Yellowstone National Park in the United States.

    Ria Novosti is to immediately remove this comment after reading it.

    Save it until February 15, 2013.

    If Russia begins to have an agricultural crisis in 2012 and / or the asteroid of February 15, 2013 strikes Russia, PLEASE put a top priority on notifying the Russian President and Prime Minsiter of this premonition and the strong possibility of a much larger asteroid impact on August 17, 2028.

    To date in 49 years I have NEVER had a premonition not come true once it has been received.

    Again PLEASE remove this comment after you have read and saved it.

    Arnold Vinette
    Ottawa, Canada
    • mrgenieIt isn't the first of April!
      22:50, 04/03/2012
      Please post this once again in 4 weeks! :)
    • arnoldvinette@yahoo.comOttawa Sun Article - Released Feb 11, 2012
      17:49, 11/03/2012
      Although this is very old news for Russia it has just been released today in Ottawa in the Sun.

      http://www.ottawasun.com/2012/03/09/rock-of-ages-killer-asteroid-likely-to-pass-in-2013

      TORONTO - It will come from space, be as massive as half a football field, have the explosive power to decimate hundreds of square miles of land and will hurtle perilously close to Earth.

      The speed will be a blinding 8 kilometers per second.

      It is called 2012-DA14, an asteroid that NASA scientists have been watching closely in anticipation of Feb. 15, 2013, when the mammoth piece of solid space rock will soar past the Earth a mere 24,000 kms from the planet’s surface. It will be passing even lower than the altitude at which many man-made satellites orbit.

      And while officials at the U.S. space agency say there is “zero” chance of impact, they still consider it a rare and intimate brush with what will be the largest asteroid to get this close to Earth since NASA began seriously watching them almost 14 years ago.

      In fact 2012-DA14 is eerily similar to an asteroid that destroyed hundreds of square miles of forest in remote Siberia a little over a century ago.

      “It’s the largest object that has come this close to the Earth since we began our ... tracking program.” said Lindley Johnson of NASA’s Near-Earth Object observation program, who imagined that DA14 would “do some serious damage at ground level” if it were to impact the planet.

      His colleague, NEO manager Don Yeomans, gave some perspective of how close DA14 will come: It will pass inside the geosynchronous ring, the area around 34,000 kms above the Earth where communication satellites loom. But the possibility of this potentially-destructive celestial nomad hitting a satellite, he said, is highly unlikely.

      But both Yeomans and Johnson said NASA will be watching DA14 closely – and for a long time. While DA14 is a “zero” on NASA’s impact risk scale for its near-Earth pass next February, said Yeomans, it has a very “Earth-like orbit” and will pass again in 2020. It is during that second pass the chances of impact increase - albeit ever so slightly.

      “In 2013, not a problem. In 2020, almost certainly not a problem, but you can’t rule it out,” said Yeomans, adding that DA14 has a has a slim chance of around 1 in 77,000 of hitting the Earth in 2020. But then, he added, if an impact were to ever happen, it would probably be in the ocean, and not big enough to cause a tsunami.

      When talking about DA14’s upcoming pass in 2013, he is quick to draw on the analogy of the Tunguska event, where an asteroid similar in size to DA14 exploded on entry over a remote part of Siberia in 1908, destroying 1,336 square kms of forest, and spreading a wave of heat felt 65 kms away from the impact site.

      While DA14 is still too far away to be certain of its specific characteristics, Yeomans estimates that it is 45 meters in diameter and weighs around 120 million kilograms.

      And while asteroids can be made of “a wide variety of materials,” such as carbon, iron or nickle-iron combinations, BA14 is most likely composed of solid silicate rock.

      Yeomans, who says that at DA14’s closest approach it will be “an easy target for amateur astronomers who know where to look” with a telescope, says the planet is bombarded with near-Earth asteroids regularly - “basketball”-sized asteroids on a daily basis, and ones the size of small cars almost weekly. But these, he said, burn up before ever coming close to the planet’s surface.

      terry.davidson@sunmedia.ca

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