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Large Asteroid and Comet Elenin to Possibly Collide with Earth in November!

Doomsday on the way? The large asteroid 2005 YU55 will be passing close to Earth in early November of this year, 2011, along with Comet Elenin which is expected to pass sometime in late October or early November. Could these two objects alter either other’s orbit and cause a collision with the Earth?

Breaking News:  Two large space objects are heading towards the Earth, Asteroid 2005 YU55 and Comet Elenin.  Are we heading for a major disaster or even possibly a doomsday event in November of this year, 2011?  There are some researchers saying that this could be a real possibility with two close encounters of space objects that will be passing the Earth around that time period.  Comet Elenin was the first object identified that will be passing the Earth sometime in late October or early November and now the large Asteroid 2005 YU55 will be passing the Earth around the same time period.  While the paths of each of these objects do not directly intersect with the Earth, there is fear that one object or the other could very well alter the other’s path sending it on a collision course with the Earth. 

Comet Elenin

Comet Elenin was first discovered in December of 2010 by Russian Astronomer Leonid Elenin and at first did not seem to pose a danger to the Earth with its calculated orbital path.  The first calculations showed that the comet would pass a very safe distance away at 8.8 AU (8.8 times the distance of the Sun from us).  But now those calculations have been better refined and the distance is down to only .24 AU with some data pointing to only .15 AU.  While this is still a safe distance for the comet to pass, there are numerous other factors that could bring major disasters to the Earth.  Two of the biggest worries are the fact that the comet still has to pass through both the Oort and Asteroid belts and could therefore bring about large amounts of debris with its passing.  So far, Astronomers can not see the comet clearly with any telescopes so the comet could very well have debris already with it and this could only get way worse with anything it picks up when it passes through both of these belts.  As of right now, the calculated orbital path has the comet passing by the Earth in late October with the Earth passing through any debris trail on or around November 6, 2011.

Comet Elenin

Asteroid 2005 YU

Asteriod 2005 YU is a large 400 meter C-type asteroid that will be passing the Earth on November 8, 2011 within .85 lunar distances.  Originally discovered in December of 2005, the asteroid is a dark nearly spherical object mainly made up of carbon.  The asteroid will approach the Earth from the sunward side and according to NASA officials, it poses no threat to colliding with the Earth.  It should be noted though that this asteroid will be the closest object to bypass the Earth that we currently know about until the year 2028 when another large asteroid will pass within .6 lunar distances. 


A Possible Collision With Earth?

So, should we be worried about a possible collision with the Earth with either of these objects?  While it looks pretty certain that a direct collision will not happen, there are still dangers to the Earth having both of these objects pass close by.  The biggest danger will involve any debris that Comet Elenin has with it and Earth passing through this possible trail.  It is also possible that any of this debris interacts with the path of Asteroid 2005 YU causing some pieces to shatter off which could end up hitting the Earth. 

So, remember to look up in the heavens in November of this year because you either will see signs of impending doom or one incredible light show ……

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  1. seiva7

    On April 10, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    very interesting, let us see what will happen with these objects.

  2. paz

    On April 10, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Why are you claiming Comet 81P/Wild is Elenin?
    It’s not.

  3. leannehume

    On April 10, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Oh No! And I thought it was only the 2012 predictions to be worried, lets hope that they pass us well eh?

  4. Educate Yourself Forum

    On April 10, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Hopefully we’ll just see an incredible light show

  5. elnavann

    On April 10, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    That is scary

  6. Snooky

    On April 10, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    There are about five comets that could possibly come close. I think we are prepared defensivly—-?


    On April 11, 2011 at 2:18 am

    well updated

  8. Thespeakman

    On April 11, 2011 at 9:59 am

    lets not make plans then

  9. Octavium

    On April 12, 2011 at 7:36 am

    Oh no help… that is sssssssoooooooo increadebly dangerous…
    lets stop working en and go to church, to pray it won’t hit us…
    it’s going to pass us at maybe 0.15 AU (22.400.000 km).
    What about the gavity, what about a pole shift….

    The moon is 356,400 km away… or 0.00024 AU…
    stop whining start thinking

    Let’s not get scared at all… not even for the debris that might comein it’s tail.
    If it fallows it will be small and burns in the earth atmosphere.
    Might bring some happy little lights, that’s all.

  10. iykmezu

    On April 14, 2011 at 5:05 am

    let’s just relax and believe nature has a way of making us stay safe

  11. Jim

    On April 24, 2011 at 4:20 am

    First of all, it’s ont the ‘large ones’ (over 140m) that you have to worry about. It’s the NEOs (140m & under) that we do not see. We think we’ve discovered only 15 percent of them.

    When we get down to 140 meters (460 feet) or larger diameter objects,- on average, an NEO roughly a half-mile wide or larger hits the Earth roughly every 500,000 years,- so we’re not expecting one anytime soon.

    The Moon is only .00256 AU or 238,857miles. Even a rock within 0.2 astronomical units — that’s more than 18 million miles.

    If’n this roughly 400 meters asteroid hit our planet, it would strike with an energy of roughly 460 million tons of TNT, or more than 30,000 times that of the atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima. It has a 1-in-88,000 or more chance of hitting Earth.

    However, if the past is any guide, further observations to refine computations of its orbit very likely will downgrade its probability of hitting Earth to virtually nothing.

    When it comes to truly monstrous NEOs some 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) or larger, of the size thought to have helped kill off the dinosaurs, that’s a 150 million year event.

    The largest near-Earth object that can actually cross the Earth’s path, Sisyphus, has a diameter of 8 kilometers (5 miles), and the largest that is termed a potential hazard is Toutatis, which has a diameter of approximately 5.4 km (3.35 miles.)

    NEO Earth Close Approaches

    1 Meter = 3.28 feet
    1 Kilometer/s = 3,280/s feet per second
    1 AU = ~150 million kilometers / 93,000,000 miles
    1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers / 238, 587 miles

  12. Phil

    On June 30, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    From a terrestrial point of view, the earth seems like a huge place to us.
    But from an astronomical point of view, the earth is a pin point.
    Taking into account all of the variables that need to be perfect in order for a comet or asteroid to strike the earth, the odds are in our favor that we will prevail.
    If you like playing odds, play the lottery.
    You have a much better chance.

  13. Syd

    On July 2, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    If we are going to get hit by a large NEO Nasa nor the Federal Government will tell us. It would cause too much panic.

  14. Peter

    On July 15, 2011 at 2:28 am

    The best thing on the internet is that posts like this and others like it will forever be the butt of jokes for many years, this post will serve as a good example of more nonsense.
    The worst thing is to give the possibility of disclosure of such nonsense for many people believe.
    Guys, do more research, visit the NASA site to verify and monitor the new data, do not believe anyone, have some common sense.

  15. pianaman

    On July 16, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    PETER! has your government ever really told you the truth? really? they only tell us what we need to know! look around the earth has been hit by massive asteroids all through history! I suppose you have some real knowledge about life do you? us, humans are just water held together by our magnetic field! protons make up everything & they are controlled by the field! eg: the fields around earth keeps us alive losing any would kill us! the air would leak out & we die! sun gets in we die! you see! I suppose you thing smoking is only bad for you cause of nicotene! what about the other 8 poisonous chemicals in it! like benzene, cyanide, arsenic to name a few! & exhaust fumes! CO2 is all around us we breath it out! the 40 poisons kill you! all these fumes stay inside our magnetic fields & cant get out or our air would run out! the 40 poisons (fumes) go up cool & come down in the rain, we drink it, plants absorb it, we eat it, the animals eat it, we eat the animals! (we dont need anymore troubles when we eat & drink poisons) some people get fed up with life & put a hose pipe from their car exhaust & put it in the car window (they die in 20 mins petrol, 10 mins DIEsel) so why do people think its harmless! WAKE UP PEOPLE WAKE UP! life is more than being slaves!

  16. josh

    On September 25, 2011 at 10:29 am

    haha u say you have more chance of winning the lotterery but some one always wins the tail on elenin is about 300miles long there is quiete a good chance of devistating effects, yes i agree the chances of the comet actually hiting the earth are very small but the chance of the debree hiting is is very likely, also you have to remember there is a chance of YU55 hiting the comet elenin causing bigger parts of debree which would cause sunamees and other disasters, all it takes is for a comet the size of a vw beetle to cause the end of the world and theise pieces of debree are estimated too be that size not just one piece a few big pieces of debree soo devistating efects may occour, also we have too remember the arrival of planet nibru! thats what you should be worried about, the mayan callander predicts this soo did the greeks and other earli ages all predict it!

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