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Tracking “Spooky” The Halloween Asteroid
Thursday, November 5, 2015
Lets not forget...! DO YOU BELIEVE...? Asteroid "SPOOKY" on Sunday Halloween...! And the "line-up" of Canada's Election and New Gov. on the 4th Nov...!
[UPDATE 10/28 8:13 PM]
In the nearly 3 weeks since Spooky’s discovery, astronomers have been compiling images of the asteroid, in an attempt to learn more about this strange rock and to pinpoint its orbit, speed, and size. Slooh members have been an integral part of this operation, submitting dozens of their own images taken using Slooh’s global observatories to the Minor Planet Center.
[UPDATE 10/28 10:25 AM]
‘Spooky’ is a unique asteroid in a number of ways. One of them is its highly inclined orbit, which is causing a number of issues for astronomers attempting to track it. This inclined orbit is part of the reason the asteroid was discovered so late, since it placed it outside the usual observation area for Near Earth Asteroids.
The precise timing of Spooky’s close approach has also been surprisingly difficult to pin down. Its odd orbit, rapid speed and the fact it was discovered just a few weeks ago has kept astronomers racing to measure when the closest approach will actually happen. Initially, that time was described as roughly 1:18 PM ET on Halloween. In just days, and after much observation including by Slooh Astronomers, that time has been pulled back to about 1 PM ET. Because of this change in time, Slooh has decided to adjust the start time of our Halloween broadcast, pulling it back from 1 PM to 12:30 PM ET.
[UPDATE 10/27 4:30 PM]
NASA has been tracking asteroids and other Near Earth Objects since the late 90s, with the goal to track all objects larger than 140m by 2020. But not everyone believes NASA has all the tools they need to track all those objects. Dr. Ed Lu, the co-founder and CEO of the B612 Foundation, spoke to Slooh about this very thing back in 2013.
...spooky asteroid is "scary", as it's inclined orbit and high speed, made it to come from where it was not expected as an asteroid, but rather a comet characteristics of orbit...!
...asteroids and the asteroid belt, are a mystery their selves...!
...and in pure logic, we do believe Asteroids have struck our Planet, and what happened then and how we are here today is of course the other mysteries...!