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    By THOMAS WAGNER
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    LONDON (June 20) - An asteroid the size of a soccer field narrowly missed the Earth by 75,000 miles - less than a third of the distance to the moon and one of the closest known approaches by objects of this size, scientists said Thursday.

    ``In the unlikely event the asteroid had struck Earth in a populated area, it would have caused considerable loss of life,'' said scientist Grant Stokes. ``The energy release would be of the magnitude of a large nuclear weapon.''

    Stokes is the principal investigator for the Lincoln Near Earth Asteroid Research Project, whose New Mexico observatory spotted the object last week.

    ``It was a close shave,'' said another scientist, Brian Marsden of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass. His organization gathers information on all such encounters.

    The asteroid was not detected until three days after it came close to the Earth on June 14. When such asteroids are detected, they are usually spotted well out in space when they are approaching or departing Earth.

    The asteroid, provisionally named 2002 MN, was traveling at more than 23,000 mph when it was spotted, Stokes said in a phone interview from Lexington, Mass., where he is associate head of the aerospace division of MIT Lincoln Laboratory.

    With a diameter of between 50 and 120 yards, the asteroid was about the size of a soccer field, which tend to be about 105 yards by 75 yards, Stokes said. The size of asteroids is estimated by measuring their brightness, without knowing their composition.

    Although lightweight compared with some asteroids, 2002 MN was big enough to have caused devastation similar to the impact of one in Siberia in 1908. On that occasion, an asteroid that exploded above Tunguska flattened nearly 800 square miles of forest. The asteroid's air blast was believed to have done the damage, since no crater was found.

    In general, damage on the ground depends on what an asteroid is made of, varying from solid metal to a loosely bound aggregate.

    ``Looking statistically at the asteroid population, maybe 50 times a year a 100-meter-class asteroid passes within a lunar distance of Earth,'' Stokes said. ``But only a handful of such asteroids that have penetrated the Moon's orbit have been spotted by asteroid search programs.''

    Benny Peiser, an expert on near earth objects at Liverpool John Moore's University in England, agreed that most asteroids do not come so close, but noted the latest ``reminder'' comes as Britain tests telescopes on the Spanish island of La Palma to search for the objects.

    ``Such near misses do highlight the importance of detecting these objects,'' he said.

    Currently, there is no dedicated program searching for objects of 2002 MN's size. NASA concentrates its efforts on bodies bigger than a one kilometer (.62 of a mile) across.

    ``NASA has a goal of discovering and obtaining good orbits for all the near earth objects with diameters larger than 1 kilometer,'' said Thomas Morgan, a scientist at NASA headquarters in Washington. ``Asteroids of this size could potentially destroy civilization as we know it.''

    Such asteroids could theoretically hit Earth every million years, or at longer intervals.

    Asteroids the size of 2002 MN are estimated to hit the Earth every 100 to several hundred years, causing local damage, but no disaster to civilization or the planet's ecosystem, Stokes said.

    ``It's something the public should know about, but shouldn't get nervous about,'' he said. ``Civilization has to get used to them on some level.''

    06/20/02 22:14 EDT

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    I watched a program a whiel back that was talking about this particular subject. Apparently we don't have enough people looking for these asteroids and that's a little disconcerting in my book. I think I heard on a recent news cast that their is a potential of one asteroid hitting the earth several hundred years from now. Astronomers are currently charting its course. The key word is potential as it's suppose to be reasonably near to the earth.
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    so if it did hit, we would all die?
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    Originally posted by Mean_Street:
    so if it did hit, we would all die?
    If the asteroid's a kilometer (or even smaller) in diameter, yes.
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    There is one particular part of the earth that I wouldn't mind having hit by an asteroid. Maybe the scientists should just come up with a way for us to "aim" what part of the earth we want to get hit...........

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    Originally posted by FanHalen:
    There is one particular part of the earth that I wouldn't mind having hit by an asteroid. Maybe the scientists should just come up with a way for us to "aim" what part of the earth we want to get hit...........

    There's quite a few places I wouldn't mind a small asteroid hitting. [img]tongue.gif[/img]
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    I think Baghdad would be a good central target.

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    Yeah smack dab in Saddam's face. Binladen would also be a good target.
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    I think NASA's priorities need to be rearranged some more..........
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    Well what else do you want them to do? Aside from the occasional space walk and redesigning the ancient space shuttles, they've got nothing better to waste their millions on than tracking asteroids several hundred years away from us.
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    Sure we need more people to watch out for these things, but... what happens when we find them?? [img]graemlins/scared.gif[/img]

    Do we have the technology to divert or destroy them?? [img]graemlins/wtf.gif[/img]
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    Originally posted by FanHalen:

    The asteroid was not detected until three days after it came close to the Earth on June 14.
    [img]graemlins/wtf.gif[/img]

    This is not encouraging.

    Count me among the "Mr. Asteroid, please hit the Mideast" contingent...
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    Originally posted by LA:
    Sure we need more people to watch out for these things, but... what happens when we find them?? [img]graemlins/scared.gif[/img]

    Do we have the technology to divert or destroy them?? [img]graemlins/wtf.gif[/img]
    Yeah, dude! We got Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck on standby.........

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    Originally posted by FanHalen:
    </font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by LA:
    Sure we need more people to watch out for these things, but... what happens when we find them?? [img]graemlins/scared.gif[/img]

    Do we have the technology to divert or destroy them?? [img]graemlins/wtf.gif[/img]
    Yeah, dude! We got Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck on standby.........

    </font>[/QUOTE]Ben Affleck can't act his way out of a paper bag. If the world's hope is in him, we are doomed.
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    I don't care if the man can act or not! He's just wonderful to look at!

    I am serious though... so we pay people to watch out for these things... If we can't divert them or break them up... the end result's still gonna be the same... [img]graemlins/scared.gif[/img]
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