Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Mars Asteroid Tomorrow

JPL Small-Body Database Browser   If you click on this site, JPL supplies an inter-active map showing you the path of 2007 WD5 in our solar system, use the scroll elevator on the right, and "Zoom" on the bottom for all angles the asteroid will come in.  You'll need Java.   

I know people speculate on what this has to do with earth, which is experiencing its own asteroid fly-by in about an hour then into tomorrow and strickly a telescopic event.  But as for the Martian visitor, if it does collide, it will release 3 MEGATONS OF ENERGY which is much like the Tunguska event in Siberia, 1908.  The high air-blast alone destroyed large areas of forest, and considering the Martian atmosphere is alot thinner than ours, this asteroid is much more likely to hit the surface.   

8 comments:

wwfbison said...

My mind is boggled at the 3 megatons of energy - this is fascinating to me.   Poor little mars.
Lisa

shrbrisc said...

I wonder if that is why the weather is so crazy today I swear the wind is blowing fast and the temperature is unusaully high and then drops real low ...
hugs
Sherry

pamal3 said...

Wow. I will take a look. It's so interesting. Thanks. Love Pam xx
http://journals.aol.co.uk/pamal3/almost-40/

gdireneoe said...

Fascinating.  Thanks for sharing. ;)  C.

preciousone25 said...

Amazing.....  thanks for keeping us updated.

Joann

daddyleer said...

Even in these high tech time, from Pennsylvania let me wish you a Happy Ground Hog's Day!
Patrick
http://lairofcachalot.blogspot.com/

gazker said...

As usual, I read this after the event. I will look for more of your entries, to see what happened.
Gaz x

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