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 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.
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 ……