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City-Sized Asteroid to Pass Earth This Fall

  1. Aug 13, 2004 #1


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    "On Sept. 29, 2004 an asteroid the size of a small city will make the closest known pass of such a very large space rock anytime this century."

    "Toutatis looks something like a dumbbell hurtling awkwardly through space. It has a crazy rotation that makes normal days impossible. Scientists can't explain the shape or the spin, but they're eager to learn more in September when, during the close pass, even backyard skywatchers will be able to spot the asteroid."

    article at http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/mystery_monday_040503.html
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  3. Aug 14, 2004 #2
    Wasn't there an asteroid that bounced off of earth's atmosphere a few years ago? I seem to recall that in the news about 1997/98.
  4. Aug 15, 2004 #3


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    Thanks for the link Evo. It's worth mentioning this to put everyone's mind at ease

  5. Aug 15, 2004 #4


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    Good idea Phobos, since not everyone will read the entire article. :frown:
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