Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Marshall Connolly (Catholic Online)

3/5/2014 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Asteroid will miss Earth by a razor-thin cosmic margin.

Duck and cover folks, the universe is taking aim at Earth again! Today a space rock, speeding much faster than a bullet, will streak between the Earth and moon. While you're hiding under the kitchen table, you might also want to watch the event live, courtesy of NASA.

Asteroid 2014 DX110 will pass by a razor-thin margin of just 217,000 miles above the Earth's surface. That's closer to Earth than the moon.

Asteroid 2014 DX110 will pass by a razor-thin margin of just 217,000 miles above the Earth's surface. That's closer to Earth than the moon.

Highlights

By Marshall Connolly (Catholic Online)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

3/5/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Technology

Keywords: Asteroid 2014 DX110, watch, slooh, NASA, view, time, close approach, buzz, Earth, danger, impact


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Asteroid 2014 DX110 is already going to miss us by about 217,000 miles, which puts it closer to Earth than the moon. Still it's a close call that's got the attention of humanity. Fortunately, the space rock is small enough-the size of a couple tractor-trailer trucks, that if it hit Earth at an angle, it would burn up in the atmosphere, similarly to the space rock that exploded over Russia in Feb. 2013.

That lucky-miss in Russia still sent about 1,500 to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The asteroid is close enough that it will be visible to viewers through telescopes, but it will also be moving fast, so a telescope is an impractical viewing instrument on this occasion. It will also pass over the Western hemisphere while much of it is in daylight, about 1:07 PM Pacific Standard Time, 4:07 PM Eastern.

However, you can still watch this event online. NASA has the equipment to track the asteroid and will live-stream its close approach via the Virtual Telescope Project and Slooh, about 12:30 PST/3:30 EST. Slooh is a ground-based telescope project with two telescopes in the Canary Islands the public can access.

Just last month, the Slooh site was crashed by viewers who hoped to catch a glimpse of monster asteroid, 2000 EM26, as it too made a close pass by Earth.

These close approaches are serving as a public reminder that asteroids are a threat to Earth. Within the past year at least two impacts have occurred on the moon. Both impacts were visible as flashes of light to observers on Earth.

There remains a lot of leftover debris from the formation of the Solar System 5 billion years ago. Over time, this debris is cleaned up as the billions of space rocks meet fiery deaths on the many planets. However, at least a couple thousand are thought to remain near Earth. This is an estimate. Scientists are tracking about 240 such asteroids and are desperately looking for others. It is hoped that we see any threat to Earth long before it impacts the planet.

Any foreseen threat can be possibly averted, although there is no consensus on what method would work best.

For today, we get to watch the event online. Let it serve as a reminder that life on Earth is far from safe from the perils of the wide beyond, therefore, it serves us to continue to explore the heavens and to study the universe and all that is in it.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2015
Universal:
That political responsibility may be lived at all levels as a high form of charity.
Evangelization: That, amid social inequalities, Latin American Christians may bear witness to love for the poor and contribute to a more fraternal society.



Comments


More Technology

Innovative space invention promises to reach space locations in record times Watch

Image of

By Talia Ramos (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A once rejected drive can now revolutionize the entire outer space research, as NASA and several others confirmed this program actually works. The invention was previously rejected by scientists after it defied the physics concept of the conservation of momentum, ... continue reading


Is your phone in danger? Threatening malicious text message can hack Android's inner system Watch

Image of

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

With just a simple text message, your phone and all its data may be compromised without you even knowing. The core of this nightmare is at the heart of the operating system itself - Stagefright, an Android code library. Users currently have nothing much to protect ... continue reading


Pope Francis uses iPad to become first person registered for 2016's World Youth Day Watch

Image of

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

On Sunday, Pope Francis successfully became the first person registered for the 2016 edition of the World Youth Day, using an iPad. Before registering, he addressed thousands at the St. Peter's Square in an appeal for the release of an Italian Jesuit priest kidnapped ... continue reading


EARTH'S TWIN: Kepler 452b heralded as the most similar planet to Earth yet discovered Watch

Image of While Kepler-452b is larger than Earth, it's 385-day orbit is only five percent longer. Furthermore, the planet is five percent farther from its parent star Kepler-452 than Earth is from the sun.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Kepler-452b has astronomers calling the planet "the closest twin to Earth" they have yet seen. The planet is the smallest world found orbiting in the habitable zone of a star. Kepler-452b orbits its star at approximately the same distance that Earth orbits the ... continue reading


Solar system similar to ours discovered by astronomers Watch

Image of Researchers believe the ideal habitable exoplanet would reside in a solar system that mirrors ours. A

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In an new astronomical study on the search for "solar system 2.0" - a solar system that is similar to our own, and therefore more likely of sustaining life, scientists have made an exciting new discovery. Such a solar system exists, some 200 light years away, and ... continue reading


'Bee Hive' Skyscraper cities: The future for overpopulated areas Watch

Image of Bee Hive skyscraper cities are expected to put a halt to urbanization in the future.

By Linky C. (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The future of urban living is about to change with the conceptualization of "Bee Hive" skyscrapers set up to house communities in urban areas. An entire city within a single skyscraper is the futuristic solution to population density problems in the major cities of the ... continue reading


PLAYING GOD?: High-quality artificial sperm manufactured by Chinese scientists for the first time Watch

Image of They don't have tails and can't swim. The new artificial sperm - created for the first time by Chinese scientists, look more like eggs than natural sperm.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

They don't have tails and can't swim. The new artificial sperm - created for the first time by Chinese scientists, look more like eggs than natural sperm. However, they can still fertilize an egg and pass on genetic information to potential offspring. LOS ... continue reading


Candles for your Mobile Phones: Flame used to produce electricity can charge your mobile phones Watch

Image of The Candle Charger can generate electricity to charge your mobile phones.

By Linky C. (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Technology now provides a solution to untimely blackouts; mobile phones can now be charged even in the event of a power failure through the Candle Charger. With the heat produced by a candle, mobile devices can be charged and one can stay connected without ... continue reading


Smartphones getting smarter: Can your smartphone tell if you're depressed? Watch

Image of Your Smartphones can be a black box of your emotions. (Photo by: Jovo Jovanovic for Stocksy United)

By Linky C. (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Changes in technology have greatly affected the advancement of society. It has also affected how we live our lives. Technological advances have started to seclude human beings from real life experiences that they should be facing on a daily basis. Recent studies ... continue reading


They're watching your every move: What are Smart Cities? Watch

Image of Beijing [not pictured] is one of the cities believed to be eying the development of Smart Cities.

By Linky C. (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Billions of people are being confronted by different governments around the world to create "smart cities." These "smart cities" are urban areas that are covered with internet-connected devices that will, not only be a means of communication, but also control the ... continue reading


All Technology News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Leviticus 25:1, 8-17
1 Yahweh spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai and ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 67:2-3, 5, 7-8
2 Then the earth will acknowledge your ways, and all ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 14:1-12
1 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard about the ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for August 1st, 2015 Image

St. Alphonsus Marie Liguori
August 1: Bishop, Doctor of the Church, and the founder of the ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter