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Adam Israel
The sky is falling and still we dance 
6th-Oct-2008 05:34 pm
space

Via Futurismic and SpaceWeather.com:

INCOMING ASTEROID: A small, newly-discovered asteroid named 2008 TC3 is approaching Earth and chances are better than 99.8% that it will hit. Steve Chesley of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory estimates that atmospheric entry will occur on Oct 7th at 0246 UTC over northern Sudan to the Red Sea. Measuring only a few meters across, the space rock poses no threat to people or structures on the ground, but it should create a spectacular fireball, releasing about a kiloton of TNT in energy as it disintegrates and explodes in the atmosphere. Asteroids of this size hit Earth every few months, but this is the first time one has been discovered before it hit.

This is pretty spectacular. It doesn’t sound as if those of us in Northern America will be able to catch the show but hopefully someone out there will catch and film the event.

[Crossposted from stonetable.org. If you'd like to comment, you can do so either here or there.]

Comments 
7th-Oct-2008 01:19 am (UTC)
That is pretty exciting. I'm sure there'll be photos somewhere tomorrow...
7th-Oct-2008 06:18 pm (UTC)
Whoah, cool! Now I want to head over to Sudan! Or... wait, is that yesterday, our time?
7th-Oct-2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
Last night, unfortunately. I haven't found any pictures yet, but I hope someone caught a few.
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