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Near earth asteroids March 9, 2013, More unrelated meteors?, Asteroids 2013 EC20 2013 ET, Meteors reported world wide spectacular and very large

Near earth asteroids March 9, 2013, More unrelated meteors?, Asteroids 2013 EC20 2013 ET, Meteors reported world wide spectacular and very large

“…and there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring.”  … Luke 21:25

“And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;”… Revelation 8:8-9

“In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church there will reign Peter the Roman, who will feed his flock amid many tribulations, after which the seven-hilled city will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people. The End.”…Saint Malachy

Four asteroids will pass by earth on March 8 to March 9, 2013. One of them, 2013 EC20, will pass by at less than one half lunar distance.

UPCOMING CLOSE APPROACHES TO EARTH
AU = ~150 million kilometers
1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers

Object
Name
Close
Approach
Date
CA
Distance*
(AU)
CA
Distance*
(LD)
Estimated
Diameter**
H
(mag)
Relative
Velocity
(km/s)
(2009 EM1)  2013-Mar-08 0.1240 48.3 68 m – 150 m 22.9 11.75
(2013 EC20)  2013-Mar-09 0.0010 0.4 5.2 m – 12 m 28.5 3.57
(2013 ET)  2013-Mar-09 0.0065 2.5 64 m – 140 m 23.1 11.88
(2011 EC12)  2013-Mar-09 0.1825 71.0 18 m – 41 m 25.8 10.93

http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/ca/

Here are some recent “unrelated” (NASA terminology)  meteor observations. Note the descriptions.

TE of Event? DATE/MONTH/YEAR (example 11NOV2011) Observer NAME LOCATION (where seen; City/Town; Country) TIME 24hr clock/ please include your TIME ZONE Duration (sec) Start / Stop location in sky — Direction of travel?(N-S;E-W, etc) Right to Left or Left to Right? Any COLOR(s)/Sound (specify what you saw/heard) Brightness? Same as the sun? moon? Venus? Fragment? Where there parts falling off? Comments or other observations?
08MAR2013 Andrew & Henry Picton NSW Australia 21.15 5 sec E-W Green to Aqua Brighter than moon Traveling north on Hume Hwy noticed large fireball green to aqua in color lasting for 5 sec then burning out
08MAR2013 Jacquie Traralgon, Victoria, Australia 12.45 am 5 seconds North to west White then yellow and green Moon bright then sun bright as it turned yellow/green Looked like a shooting star initially but as it travelled down it grew in brightness and changed colour to yellow/green. Very bright.
08MAR2013 Sonja LABERTOUCHE, Australia 0:45:00 5sec rpughly south easterly direction. I was facing south started of just like a sml shooting star then as it was falling it was a bright red/orange ball- lit up the whole paddock, was very bright very bright like the sun not that i could see.just had a long tail on it Very exciting to watch. Nothing i have ever seen before
07MAR2013 Tiffany Wells Spokane, WA USA 18:19:00 6 sec Traveling Northwest from Bright White Venus It had a much longer, wider tail than a shooting star. At first I thought it was a shooting star, but the sun had only just gone down and it was still light. It was at leat big enough and close enough to show up in such light conditions. It was very exciting!
07MAR2013 Jim Flynn colorado springs co usa 1830hrs 10 west moving west star like moving in a westerly diredction equal to Venus no moving very rapidly
07MAR2013 Jesús Otero El Hatillo, Venezuela 18:26:00 1 sec ESE-WNW Orange – red -4 Magnitude (Venus) No None
07MAR2013 KEITH HARVEY Oman, Fins near Sur 2010(D) 10-20 secs Overhead to horizon Direction of travel South East Orange venus No Location: Approx 23N 59E
07MAR2013 SUSIE BARKA MUSCAT OMAN 19.15 5 sec N-S A LARGE ELONGATED FIREBALL BURNING WHITE HOT, WITH AN ELECTRIC BLUE TAIL FOLLOWED BY A GREEN BAND AND THEN ORANGE BAND SUN YES was very large
07MAR2013 DNA Entertainment Montebello, CA 90640 USA appx 1221am appx 4 seconds was facing south east there was a very light blue flash at first then in middle of that flash there was a even brighter blue green big flash that covered a large part in sky no noise heard before or after it was very bright and had more color and larger of flash that would come from lighting no see anything falling off This was a very big and colrful flash in the sky like ive never seen before

http://lunarmeteoritehunters.blogspot.com/

More unrelated meteors or is NASA hiding something?

Asteroid 2013 EC near earth today, March 4, 2013, Size of Russian meteor, Newly discovered at Mt. Lemmon Observatory in Arizona on March 2

Asteroid 2013 EC near earth today, March 4, 2013, Size of Russian meteor, Newly discovered at Mt. Lemmon Observatory in Arizona on March 2

“…and there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring.”  … Luke 21:25

“And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;”… Revelation 8:8-9

“In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church there will reign Peter the Roman, who will feed his flock amid many tribulations, after which the seven-hilled city will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people. The End.”…Saint Malachy

From Universe Today March 3, 2013.

“Newly Found Asteroid to Pass Within Moon’s Orbit on March 4, 2013”

“A newly found asteroid will pass just inside the orbit of the Moon, with its closest approach on March 4, 2013 at 07:35 UTC. Named 2013 EC, the asteroid is about the size of the space rock that exploded over Russia two and a half weeks ago, somewhere between 10-17 meters wide (the Russian meteorite is estimated to be about 15 meters wide when it entered Earth’s atmosphere). 2013 EC was discovered by the Mt. Lemmon Observatory in Arizona on March 2. . There is no chance this asteroid will hit Earth.

2013 EC will come within 396,000 kilometers from Earth, (246,000 miles, or around 1.0 lunar distances, 0.0026 AU.

The Moon’s distance from the Earth varies between 363,104 km (225,622 miles) at perigee (closest) and 406,696 km (252,088 miles) at apogee (most distant point).

Gianluca Masi from the Virtual Telescope Project had a live view of the asteroid when it was about twice the distance of the Moon, and a replay of that webcast is available below.”

http://www.universetoday.com/100440/newly-found-asteroid-to-pass-within-moons-orbit-on-march-4-2013/

More from NASA:

UPCOMING CLOSE APPROACHES TO EARTH
AU = ~150 million kilometers
1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers

Object
Name
Close
Approach
Date
CA
Distance*
(AU)
CA
Distance*
(LD)
Estimated
Diameter**
H
(mag)
Relative
Velocity
(km/s)
(2013 EC)  2013-Mar-04 0.0025 1.0 6.9 m – 16 m 27.9 20.18

http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/ca/

Russian meteor unrelated to near earth asteroid, NASA preliminary data, 55 feet 10K tons, Trajectory significantly different, Asteroid groups in similar orbits

Russian meteor unrelated to near earth asteroid, NASA preliminary data, 55 feet 10K tons, Trajectory significantly different, Asteroid groups in similar orbits

“Unrelated: 1 not connected to a subject that you are thinking about or discussing 2 not part of the same family”…MacMillan Dictionary

Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”…George Orwell, “1984”

According to NASA:

“Preliminary information is that this object was unrelated to asteroid 2012 DA14”

I would caution the use of the word “unrelated” in reference to the meteor.

From NASA February 15, 2013.

“Russia Meteor Not Linked to Asteroid Flyby”

“Update: February 15, 2013 7pm PST

New information provided by a worldwide network of sensors has allowed scientists to refine their estimates for the size of the object that entered that atmosphere and disintegrated in the skies over Chelyabinsk, Russia, at 7:20:26 p.m. PST, or 10:20:26 p.m. EST on Feb. 14 (3:20:26 UTC on Feb. 15).

The estimated size of the object, prior to entering Earth’s atmosphere, has been revised upward from 49 feet (15 meters) to 55 feet (17 meters), and its estimated mass has increased from 7,000 to 10,000 tons. Also, the estimate for energy released during the event has increased by 30 kilotons to nearly 500 kilotons of energy released. These new estimates were generated using new data that had been collected by five additional infrasound stations located around the world – the first recording of the event being in Alaska, over 6,500 kilometers away from Chelyabinsk. The infrasound data indicates that the event, from atmospheric entry to the meteor’s airborne disintegration took 32.5 seconds. The calculations using the infrasound data were performed by Peter Brown at the University of Western Ontario, Canada.

“We would expect an event of this magnitude to occur once every 100 years on average,” said Paul Chodas of NASA’s Near-Earth Object Program Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. “When you have a fireball of this size we would expect a large number of meteorites to reach the surface and in this case there were probably some large ones.”

The trajectory of the Russia meteor was significantly different than the trajectory of the asteroid 2012 DA14, which hours later made its flyby of Earth, making it a completely unrelated object. The Russia meteor is the largest reported since 1908, when a meteor hit Tunguska, Siberia.


Preliminary information indicates that a meteor in Chelyabinsk, Russia, is not related to asteroid 2012 DA14, which is flying by Earth safely today.

The Russia meteor is the largest reported since 1908, when a meteor hit Tunguska, Siberia. The meteor entered the atmosphere at about 40,000 mph (18 kilometers per second). The impact time was 7:20:26 p.m. PST, or 10:20:26 p.m. EST on Feb. 14 (3:20:26 UTC on Feb. 15), and the energy released by the impact was in the hundreds of kilotons.

Based on the duration of the event, it was a very shallow entry. It was larger than the meteor over Indonesia on Oct. 8, 2009. Measurements are still coming in, and a more precise measure of the energy may be available later. The size of the object before hitting the atmosphere was about 49 feet (15 meters) and had a mass of about 7,000 tons.

The meteor, which was about one-third the diameter of asteroid 2012 DA14, was brighter than the sun. Its trail was visible for about 30 seconds, so it was a grazing impact through the atmosphere.

It is important to note that this estimate is preliminary, and may be revised as more data is obtained.”

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/asteroids/news/asteroid20130215.html

We know that asteroids can travel in “family” groups in the asteroid belt. This is believed to be the result of collisions that break up asteroids with the pieces continuing to travel in similar orbits.

“Several asteroids, including (243) Ida, (45) Eugenia, and (762) Pulcova, are known to have small moons of their own.”

“Collisions gave rise to the Hirayama families and at least some of the planet-crossing asteroids. Tiny fragments from the latter enter Earth’s atmosphere to become sporadic meteors, while larger pieces survive passage through the atmosphere to end up as meteorites. The very largest produce craters such as the Barringer Crater, and one may have been responsible for the extinction of the dinosaurs.”

“An asteroid group is a collection of asteroids that move in generally similar orbits. Within a group there may be one or more families of asteroids whose orbital characteristics are so much alike that they almost certainly came from the breakup of a single parent body.”

http://www.daviddarling.info/encyclopedia/A/asteroid.html#groups

Whether or not this meteor was officially associated with the near earth asteroid, it is certainly plausible and could happen in the future.

If NASA had a clear understanding of the meteor and its trajectory, why wasn’t Russia warned?

Asteroid 2012 DA14 near earth February 15, 2013, Satellites potential target, NASA 3.2 Earth radii distance, Spain LaSagra observatory discovered

Asteroid 2012 DA14 near earth February 15, 2013, Satellites potential target, NASA 3.2 Earth radii distance, Spain LaSagra observatory discovered

“…and there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring.”  … Luke 21:25

“And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;”… Revelation 8:8-9

“In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church there will reign Peter the Roman, who will feed his flock amid many tribulations, after which the seven-hilled city will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people. The End.”…Saint Malachy

From NASA.

“Discovered by the LaSagra observatory in southern Spain, the small asteroid 2012 DA14 will pass within about 3.5 Earth radii of the Earth’s surface on February 15, 2013. Although its size is not well determined, this near-Earth asteroid is thought to be about 45 meters in diameter. Asteroid 2012 DA14 will pass inside the geosynchronous satellite ring, located about 35,800 km above the equator. Its orbit about the sun can bring it no closer to the Earth’s surface than 3.2 Earth radii on February 15, 2013. On this date, the asteroid will travel rapidly from the southern evening sky into the northern morning sky with its closest Earth approach occurring about 19:26 UTC when it will achieve a magnitude of less than seven, which is somewhat fainter than naked eye visibility. About 4 minutes after its Earth close approach, there is a good chance it will pass into the Earth’s shadow for about 18 minutes or so before reappearing from the eclipse. When traveling rapidly into the northern morning sky, 2012 DA14 will quickly fade in brightness.”

http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news174.html

Asteroid2012da14

A really big rock for Valentines Day.