By Wyatt Earp | October 14, 2010
Apparently, it occurred on Tuesday. It was considered a close miss, but not close enough to call for Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck.
I guess that’s both a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing that we weren’t struck, and a curse that we didn’t get the chance to send some Hollywood actors out there to get smashed to pieces. I’m just sayin’.
[E]xperts, who named the asteroid 2010 TD54, said that despite passing very close to the planet it would not enter the atmosphere, and that even if it did it would burn up before reaching the ground.
[A] “moderate telescope” would be required to make out the rock, which will at times be closer to Earth than some satellites, and significantly nearer than the moon. Emily Baldwin, of Astronomy Now, told The Times: “Fortunately it seems this one will miss us. But it is a reminder that the Earth is still in the middle of a cosmic shooting gallery and we need to keep constant watch for incoming asteroids.”
NASA captured a photo of the asteroid hurtling by the planet. It’s below the fold.
Whew, that was a close one!