Say it ain’t so! Thought these guys were rocket scientists and they got it wrong?!
This video was uploaded to the “NASA Buzzroom” for discussion over at “nasa”….
quote from NASA buzzroom:
“these are my calculations, but I’ve revised the 0.24AU’s down to
0.0004617 AU’s on 21.42pm 16th Oct 2011 (pretty god dam close!)”
thats about 50,000 miles away from earth …
translation of the russian article.. thanks to youtube user Lightbeing80 !
Comet Еленина has entered into the Main belt of asteroids while it is in its unloaded part, near to distant border. In connection with that that the orbit of a comet is unique the small inclination for долгопериодической comets (the second example comet C/2007 N3 (Lulin) can be considered, the decision to calculate close rapproachements of a comet with asteroids of the Main belt was accepted.
Search of rapproachements was spent on an interval from February, 18th till June, 18th, 2011, by means of program complex ArtemisSIMULATOR. Specifications of distances of rapproachement have been lead in the program the EPOS. 4 rapproachements have been as a result revealed:
– On February, 28th with an asteroid 1999 TV67, a distance of 1 774 707 km (0.012 а.е.);
– On April, 7th with an asteroid 4336 Jasniewicz, a distance of 1 119 713 km (0.008 а.е.);
– On April, 19th with an asteroid 2009 TJ9, a distance of 325 428 km (0.002 а.е.);
– On May, 20th with an asteroid 1999 RQ176, a distance of 338 403 km (0.002 а.е.)
Special interest is represented with last two flights, астроиды will pass through dense enough dust tail of a comet. Probably we will manage to finish shooting the given rapproachements by means of large telescopes. To reveal influence of gravitational indignation of a comet on an asteroid, by means of ground-based optical supervision, unfortunately it will not be possible
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