Saturday, June 16, 2012

Asteroid 2012 LZ1 & NEO Program

Asteroid 2012 LZ1 came about 3.3 million miles from planet Earth on its closest approach, June 14th, 2012. The space rock is about 1640 feet wide. The Remanzacco Observatory captured this imagery:

NASA has a list of Upcoming Near Earth Risks on their 'fore-warning' website - part of the NEO program.

A Near-Earth Object or NEO, is an object within the Solar System whose orbit brings it into close proximity with the Earth. All NEOs have their closest approach to the Sun (perihelion) at less than 1.3 AU.[1] They include a few thousand Near-Earth Asteroids (NEAs), Near-Earth Comets, numerous solar-orbiting spacecraft and meteoroids large enough to be tracked in space before striking the Earth. It is now widely accepted that collisions in the past have had a significant role in shaping the geological and biological history of Earth.
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