Surprise Asteroid in Near Miss With Earth - Sept 27, 2013

A surprise asteroid which was only spotted by scientists on Friday night, Sept 27, 2013, narrowly missed the Earth just hours later, flying within the orbit of geostationary satellites.

"(The asteroid) was discovered on Friday night by our station near Lake Baikal and nine hours later it flew within 11,300 kilometers of the Earth surface, below the orbit of geostationary satellites. It was about 15 meters in size," said Vladimir Lipunov of the Moscow State University and the Sternberg Astronomical Institute.

The incident will once again re-ignite debate about the threat posed by near-earth objects and what some claim are inadequate attempts on behalf of governments and space agencies to prepare for them.

In 2029 and again in 2036 a much larger asteroid named Apophis will fly very close to the Earth, potentially disrupting satellites.

There is a one in 250,000 chance that the asteroid will hit the Earth, a threat that has prompted Russia to explore methods of deflecting it.

According to Anatoly Perminov, the head of the Russian's Federal Space Agency, the threat of an impact is somewhat more than remote. He says that a "scientist recently told him" that Apophis may hit Earth in 2032.

Earlier this year, a meteor weighing 10,000 tons broke apart in the Earth's atmosphere above the city of Chelyabinsk in the Urals, causing 1500 injuries.

The unexpected incident caused consternation because it coincided with the fly-by of asteroid 2012 DA14, which was much larger.


Today: October 1, 2013 - Government Shutdown.

1. NASA has announced that if the US government is to shutdown on October 1st, only 600 of 18,000 personnel will remain employed and those who remain will be be so “with the aim of ensuring the safety of human life and the protection of property” according to a plan that the space agency submitted back on September 27th to the Office of Management and Budget.

2. But NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Near Earth Object Office will not be warning the public about "potentially hazardous" asteroids and comets that could approach Earth as well as NASA television/website: Citizen will not have televised access to NASA operations and programming or access to the NASA website.

3. Further, the U.S. Air Force will shut down its space surveillance system that tracks satellites and other orbiting objects by October 1, 2013.

4. Conspiracy theory forums are abuzz that the shutdown will mean no more images or information from NASA about Comet ISON.

The timing of this is impeccable according to those following the Oct. 1st date.



  1. Interesting thing about comet ISON is that Earth will pass its orbital path at end of December, after the comet ISON whips around the sun and is on its way out. Right now it is at Mars, and will pass the Earth's orbit at end of this month (October) and if it breaks up between now and then, Earth most likely will encounter some serious debris field when it reaches that zone at end of December. -M-


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