[FPSPACE] Slooh: Watch Live Stream as Massive Asteroid Makes Close Approach to Earth
nickwatkins62 at fastmail.com
Tue Apr 18 12:44:46 EDT 2017
This thread made me go back and look for the study done by catastrophe
modelling company RMS on a Tunguska event over NY. Not online anymore,
but an interesting blog post still is:
nickwatkins62 at physics.org
On Mon, 17 Apr 2017, at 04:26 PM, David Portree wrote:
> I dislike the hyperbole. "Massive," "incredible," "alarming" - a rock
> this size (and there's no certainty that it is a single rock) could go
> unnoticed if its orbit intersected Earth. I use the word
> "intersected," because intersecting Earth is not the same as
> "striking." Depending on many factors, a 1-km asteroid that
> intersected Earth could go unnoticed, though admittedly that's not as
> likely now as it was a century ago. Even if it broke apart high in the
> atmosphere and fell as a rain of 10-100-meter rocks in the far
> southern Indian Ocean, for example, sensitive instruments in place
> around the world would detect it.
> What is it about asteroids and hype?
> I wrote something about asteroid reality a few years ago during one of
> these hyped-up asteroid flybys. You might find it interesting. I
> discuss in some detail the effects of a 325-meter NEA. They fall
> within the range of the kinds of catastrophes humans experience with
> some regularity.
> Asteroids are fascinating, not frightening. People who claim to be
> STEM educators should know better than to hype them as monsters.
> Myself, I'm eager to get some radar images.
> David S. F. Portree
> dsfportree at hotmail.com
> *From:* FPSPACE <fpspace-bounces at mail.friends-partners.org> on behalf
> of LARRY KLAES <ljk4 at msn.com> *Sent:* Monday, April 17, 2017 7:43 AM
> *To:* fpspace2 *Subject:* [FPSPACE] Fw: Slooh: Watch Live Stream as
> Massive Asteroid Makes Close Approach to Earth
> Sent from Outlook
> *From:* AAS Press Officer Dr. Rick Fienberg <rick.fienberg at aas.org>
> *Sent:* Monday, April 17, 2017 9:43 AM *To:* Rick Fienberg
> *Subject:* Slooh: Watch Live Stream as Massive Asteroid Makes Close
> Approach to Earth
> THE FOLLOWING ITEM WAS ISSUED BY SLOOH HEADQUARTERS IN WASHINGTON
> DEPOT, CONNECTICUT, AND IS FORWARDED FOR YOUR INFORMATION. FORWARDING
> DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT BY THE AMERICAN ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY.
> 17 April 2017
> ** Contact details appear below. **
> MASSIVE ASTEROID “THE ROCK” MAKES CLOSE APPROACH TO EARTH:
> SLOOH TO COVER LIVE FLY-BY OF ONE-KILOMETER-WIDE ASTEROID
> On Wednesday, April 19th, at 4:00 pm PDT / 7:00 pm EDT / 23:00 UTC
> (International Times: http://bit.ly/2oSjUSB), Slooh will point its
> Canary Islands telescopes to track potentially hazardous asteroid
> 2014 JO25 as it makes its closest approach to Earth. The asteroid,
> which is estimated at nearly a kilometer in length, will come closer
> to Earth than any asteroid of its size in 13 years and is making its
> closest encounter with Earth in 400 years. Given its incredible size,
> the asteroid has been nicknamed “The Rock” in honor of entertainer
> and all around good guy, Dwayne Johnson.
> Astronomers first learned about “The Rock” three years ago, when it
> was observed by the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona. Not much is known
> about the asteroid itself, including its makeup and even its exact
> size. Estimates put it between 650 meters (about 2,000 feet) and 1.4
> kilometers. The asteroid will be moving at about 33 meters per second
> -- and come within 4.6 lunar distances of the Earth -- when it makes
> its close approach at 12:24 UTC on the 19th. Slooh astronomers will
> be tracking the asteroid and submitting data to the Minor Planet
> Center in order to better understand its physical properties.
> During the live show, Slooh host, Gerard Monteux, will be joined by
> J. L. Galache, founder of Aten Engineering, as well as Slooh
> astronomers Paul Cox and Bob Berman. They’ll come together to discuss
> the asteroid, its discovery, and how we might stop an asteroid of
> this size should one be discovered on a collision course with Earth.
> Slooh will cover the asteroid from its flagship observatory at the
> Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands, one of the finest
> observatory sites in the world.
> Slooh routinely tracks potentially hazardous objects for the general
> public to view live
> (both asteroids and comets) whose sizes are large enough, and whose
> orbits take them near enough to our planet, that they have the
> potential to cause significant damage in the event of an impact.
> Slooh’s live asteroid shows have attracted millions of viewers, and
> Slooh has become a leading voice to help ensure that public awareness
> does not wane.
> “The Rock’s” close approach on the 19th will not bring it on a
> collision course with the planet, as it passes at a safe distance,
> but its size, proximity, and speed are an alarming reminder of just
> how close these destructive chunks of space debris come to Earth on
> an almost daily basis. It’s estimated that while 90 percent of the
> 1,000-meter-plus-sized asteroids have been discovered, only 30% of
> the 140-meter-sized NEAs have been found, with less than 1 percent of
> the 30-meter-sized NEAs having been detected. Even a 30-meter sized
> asteroid can cause significant damage to a major city. While not
> causing an extinction level event, an impact from an asteroid the
> size of “The Rock” would have a calamitous effect at the local and
> even regional level. To learn more about asteroids and the risk they
> pose to Earth, tune into the live show.
> Tricia Ennis
> +1 877-427-5664, ext. 3
> tricia at slooh.com
> Event Timing:
> Live stream starts: 4:00 pm PDT / 7:00 pm EDT / 23:00 UTC
> Live stream ends: 4:30 pm PDT / 7:30 pm EDT / 23:30 UTC
> International timing: http://bit.ly/2oSjUSB
> See Slooh’s live coverage:
> Embed Slooh’s live coverage into your website:
> Slooh has a new media policy and a variety of new options for media
> partners that want to embed live telescope feeds into their websites
> during Slooh’s featured shows, as well as Slooh’s daily coverage of
> the moon, sun and other celestial phenomena. To partner with Slooh,
> please reach out to us at press at slooh.com and provide your contact
> information so we can follow up via phone to discuss our partnership
> plans going forward. We look forward to hearing from you.
> Slooh connects humanity through communal exploration of the universe.
> Slooh’s automated observatories develop celestial image streams in
> real-time for broadcast to the Internet, and Slooh’s technology is
> protected by Patent No.: US 7,194,146 B2 which was awarded in 2006.
> Slooh has traveled with a mobile observatory to Kenya, the Faroe
> Islands, Indonesia, Iceland, Australia, and Alaska, and partnered
> with observatories in Arizona, Japan, Hawaii, Cypress, Dubai, South
> Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Norway and many more to broadcast
> live celestial events of potentially hazardous asteroids (PHAs),
> comets, transits, eclipses, solar activity, etc., which are
> syndicated to media outlets worldwide, including TIME, National
> Geographic, Wired, ABC News, CNN and many more. Celebrate the
> Transcontinental Eclipse, a Total Solar Eclipse, August 21st, 2017 in
> Stanley, Idaho, with Slooh as it hosts a three day cultural festival
> for community members. Slooh recently published a book, The Saturn
> Above It, An Anthology of Short Fiction About Space, edited by Karen
> Stevens. Slooh is supported by investment from Connecticut
> Innovations, the State’s venture capital investment fund. Slooh is
> based in Washington Depot, CT, and is hiring for positions in
> engineering and content development.
> If you do not wish to receive press releases or other announcements
> that are forwarded to the news media by the American Astronomical
> Society, please unsubscribe by replying accordingly to any incoming
> email, or send email to rick.fienberg at aas.org. Requests for referrals
> to experts on the astronomical sciences should be sent to the same
> address. PIOs: Send relevant items for distribution to press-
> release at aas.org. Rick Fienberg, AAS Press Officer, +1 202-328-2010
> x116, @AAS_Press (Twitter).
> You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google
> Groups "PR_Press" group.
> To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it,
> send an email to pr_press+unsubscribe at aas.org.
> FPSPACE mailing list
> FPSPACE at mail.friends-partners.org
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
More information about the FPSPACE