January 7, 2002 -- Here's a bit of earth-shaking news for those of you who assume that NASA and the world's astronomers are able to alert us well in advance of an asteroid collision...
Near-Earth asteroid 2001 YB5 raced past Earth today only two times farther away than the Moon. This asteroid is roughly 300 meters across and, according to a BBC World News reporter, could have taken out the entire U.K. if it had impacted there. This object wasn't even discovered until December 27th by the Near-Earth Asteroid Tracking survey!
Asteroid 2001 YB5 orbits the sun at a frequency of approximately 1,000 days.
In 1895 a forty-four pound meteorite was found in Reed City, Michigan by farmer Ernest Ruppert. --From "Mystic Michigan" by Mark Jager 1996.
Reed City is located in Osceola county and is on a direct line between the Great Lakes Great Fires Meteorite and Peshtigo, Wisconsin. Obviously this rather large meteorite was part of the cluster which touched off the 1871 & 1881 fires.
Decades later, residents of Rose City, Michigan witnessed meteorites falling near their town accompanied by explosions. Two objects were recovered during this 1921 event, one weighing 13 pounds & the other 7 pounds. Since Rose City is so close to the pattern described in this site, it is probable that these meteorites were still part of the cluster of orbiting meteorites resulting from the Biela collision.
At the bottom of Lake Huron lies a meteor crater 30 miles in diameter and between a mile and a half to one mile deep. Discovered by Canadian scientists during a geological survey, this is the largest crater ever found in the United States.
A second crater measuring five miles in diameter is buried south of Calvin Center, Michigan. Covered over with forests & farms, this crater lies a few hundred feet beneath the surface.
Updates on Lake Huron Impact Crater!
According to a 1997 article in Shock Media, the S.E.T.I. team is tracking a massive cloud of asteroids which is headed directly into our solar system. The team's John Hawkins expects the first debris to become visible to the naked eye around 2003 -- with impact of the first stellar bodies shortly after that. "... The shocking element of this cloud is that within its center, there are chunks the size of moon's." He adds, "The cloud is moving incredibly fast, much faster that we first anticipated, when we first made this horrible discovery..."
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