Asteroid to Fly Within 17,000 Miles of the Earth on Feb. 15
February 2, 2013 • 11:07AM

A 45-meter-diameter asteroid is about to fly extremely close to the Earth, NASA has reported, although they are confident that there will be no impact. The fly-by will be at about 17,000 miles, which is between the geosynchronous orbits and the low-Earth orbits of satellites.

Ben Deniston of LaRouche's scientific research team (Basement) commented:

"This is a good example to build recognition of the threat!

"This one is similar in size to the asteroid that caused the 1908 Tunguska impact (which leveled 2,000 square km of trees in the Siberian forest in 1908). We know very little about the total population distribution of these small-sized asteroids, NASA thinks we've discovered maybe 0.5% of the estimated total population. So for every one we know about, there are about 200 we don't, flying around out there. If one of these small ones were to impact over any major metropolitan area it could potentially level the entire place.

"Currently there is no active plan to build the observation systems required to find objects this small early enough to provide sufficient warning time to mount a mission to prevent an impact if one was on a collision course. (There is more that can be said; NASA is trying to find all the larger objects, and investigating how to find the medium-sized ones, but there is no serious motion that I have seen to find all these smaller ones).

"If we happen to know one of these was on an impact trajectory, either this size or a little larger, and we had a few years warning, it is still a big challenge to hit it. The speeds involved are very large, and the target is very small. This was the subject of the interview I did with Bong Wie and Brent Barbee, who are participating in a NASA project to solve this challenge: