Mystery object to whizz by Earth Wednesday

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

January 12, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A mystery object from space is about to whiz close by Earth on Wednesday. It won't hit our planet, but scientists are stumped by what exactly it is.

Astronomers say it may be space junk or it could be a tiny asteroid, too small to cause damage even if it hit. It's 33 to 50 feet wide at most.

NASA says that on Wednesday at 7:47 a.m. EST, it will streak by, missing Earth by about 80,000 miles. In the western United States it may be bright enough to be seen with a good amateur telescope.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Terry Location: home on Jan 13, 2010 at 11:38 AM
    Anyone besides Hubble get a picture? ;-)
  • by john Location: IN on Jan 12, 2010 at 11:56 AM
    Maybe thats why Obama nationalized the Guard yesterday The President today signed an Executive Order (attached) establishing a Council of Governors to strengthen further the partnership between the Federal Government and State Governments to protect our Nation against all types of hazards. When appointed, the Council will be reviewing such matters as involving the National Guard of the various States; homeland defense; civil support; synchronization and integration of State and Federal military activities in the United States; and other matters of mutual interest pertaining to National Guard, homeland defense, and civil support activities.
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