[pasmembers] Asteroid Flyby Sunday

  • From: Alex Vrenios <axv@xxxxxxx>
  • To: pasmembers@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2014 11:55:59 -0700

Mike's lecture would have been a great intro to this event:

"At closest approach Sunday, the 60-foot rock will pass a safe 25,000 miles 
over New Zealand. That's about one-tenth the distance between here and the 
moon. It's also beyond the orbit of our highest communication and weather 

"NASA says this latest near-Earth asteroid — called 20214 RC (R-C) — poses no 
threat to either the home planet or orbiting spacecraft. A space rock of about 
the same size blasted through the atmosphere over Russia's Ural Mountains in 
2013, causing considerable damage.

"Astronomers in Arizona detected 2014 RC the night of Aug. 31.

"Stargazers will need telescopes to see Sunday's flyby. If you miss it, don't 
worry. It will be back in the neighborhood again one day."
                                                           - news.msn.com


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