Meteor Damage in Russia!!
Check out this website to see footage of the “unrelated” meteor that caused havoc in Russia. February 15th hours before the meteor event 2012 DA14 we’ve all be anticipating!
2012 DA14 Asteroid Approaching Earth!!!
Asteroid 2012 DA14 will approach within 17,200 miles of Earth when it zooms by during its close encounter this Friday, Feb. 15. That is the closest an asteroid the size of 2012 DA14, which is about 150 feet wide, that astronomers have known about in advance, NASA scientists said.
The asteroid will not only pass between Earth and the moon’s orbit, but also fly lower than the ring of geosynchronous communications, weather and navigationsatellites that fly high above the planet. Asteroid 2012 DA14 will be 5,000 miles closer to Earth than those satellites during the flyby.
No IMPACT is expected. Well, I sure hope so! My biggest fear is a meteor impact causing mile high waves from the ocean.
“Orionid” Meteor Shower Countdown
Look out for the Meteor shower, in the Orionid!!! South west of the brightest star in the sky, which is our planet Jupiter! 🙂
Space Situational Awareness!
Asteroid — 2012 TC4 — is going to fly past the Earth at a distance of only 95,000 kilometers (59,000 miles), or one-quarter the Earth-moon distance. As far as near-misses go, that’s the outer edge of the bulls-eye!!!
This is not a Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs). Those are space rocks larger than approximately 100m that can come closer to Earth than 0.05 AU. None of the known PHAs is on a collision course with our planet, although astronomers are finding new ones all the time.
We need as many eyes out there!
Earthquake Watch- Yellowstone
This may be a small earthquake in the grand scheme of things, but now that I am on earthquake watch, this definitely stands out as any activity in that region could only warn us for something truly significant!!! Super volcano, Yellowstone Caldera may be waking up??? Luckily, that volcano is a bit more south. So maybe for now, we’re safe. I’ll keep you posted!
Happy Summer! Around 7pm EST the earth will tilt on its axis at an angle closest facing the sun! Perfect heat wave to welcome the summer of 2012.
The summer solstice occurs exactly when the axial tilt of a planet’s semi-axis in a given hemisphere is most inclined towards the star that it orbits. Earth’s maximum axial tilt to our star, the Sun, during a solstice is 23° 26′. This happens twice each year, at which times the Sun reaches its highest position in the sky as seen from the North or South Pole respectively.
NASA- SDO Venus Transit
Check out the links below to watch a time lapsed video of the transit: