Thursday, May 17, 2012

NASA Survey Counts Potentially Hazardous Asteroids - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory



  







New results from NASA's NEOWISE survey find that more potentially hazardous asteroids, or PHAs, are closely aligned with the plane of our solar system than previous models suggested. PHAs are the subset of near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) with the closest orbits to Earth's orbit, coming within 5 million miles (about 8 million kilometers). They are also defined as being large enough to survive passage through Earth's atmosphere and cause damage on a regional, or greater, scale. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
NASA Survey Counts Potentially Hazardous Asteroids - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory


May 16, 2012
PASADENA, Calif. -- Observations from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) have led to the best assessment yet of our solar system's population of potentially hazardous asteroids. The results reveal new information about their total numbers, origins and the possible dangers they may pose.

Potentially hazardous asteroids, or PHAs, are a subset of the larger group of near-Earth asteroids. The PHAs have the closest orbits to Earth's, coming within five million miles (about eight million kilometers), and they are big enough to survive passing through Earth's atmosphere and cause damage on a regional, or greater, scale.

The new results come from the asteroid-hunting portion of the WISE mission, called NEOWISE. The project sampled 107 PHAs to make predictions about the entire population as a whole. Findings indicate there are roughly 4,700 PHAs, plus or minus 1,500, with diameters larger than 330 feet (about 100 meters). So far, an estimated 20 to 30 percent of these objects have been found.

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...these amounts of near earth orbit objects, do create a big problem in pure logic...!  the plus is they are a bigger problem for the Bible logic...! there is no mention of such things, other than stars falling or whatever, as they cannot be a result of humans sins...! well not to the logic of pure logic...!
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