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Close Call Meteorite 2004 AS1

From: Jaime Maussan <jaimemaussanmx.nul>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2004 14:16:59 -0600 (CST)
Fwd Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2004 08:46:35 -0500
Subject: Close Call Meteorite 2004 AS1

Dear Friends:

I just received the following from a Mexican Astronomer. It
seems to be a real event.

This event made me remember the Romanek Case, especially the
so-called Prophecy for 12-12-2003.

Do you have any comments on this?

Jaime Maussan


From: Rodolfo Garrido <rodolfogarrido.nul>
To: Jaime Maussan <jaimemaussanmx.nul>
Subject: Checa esto es importante...
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2004 11:36:22 -0600

Jaime checa esto por favor es importante...

Another Close Call


It has just been revealed that on January 13, astronomers came
within a few minutes of telling the world that an asteroid was
about to impact the Earth. Asteroid expert Clark Chapman says it
was a "nine-hour crisis." It was an amateur astronomer who
finally figured out it wasn't going to hit us.

David Whitehouse writes at bbcnews.com that some astronomers
believed that asteroid 2004 AS1 had a one-in- four chance of
hitting the Earth on January 14 or 15. At less than a mile wide,
it was not big enough to cause a major extinction event, but it
would have caused widespread local damage wherever it landed.
Scientists knew it would hit the Northern Hemisphere, but had no
idea exactly where. They were about to alert President Bush when
they discovered the asteroid would pass us by. If it had been
about to impact, scientists would have begun bouncing radar
signals off it in order to predict where it would land. Since
according to statistical odds, it would be most likely to land
in the ocean, the biggest danger would have been if it had
exploded in the atmosphere, blocking out sunlight and causing a
"nuclear winter".

Chapman reveals that the asteroid was first spotted by twin
optical telescopes in New Mexico, which sent details to the
Minor Planet Center in Massachusetts. The MPC posted the details
on the internet and asked other astronomers to take a look at
the asteroid. It was expected to grow 40 times brighter the next
day, which is a sign an asteroid is getting closer very quickly.
But the object had only been observed four times and astronomers
hadnít identified its orbit. The question was: should they warn
the world or keep quiet until they were sure? "They completely
misread the situation," says astronomer Benny Peiser. "There was
plenty of time to get other observers on the job."

NASA's Steven Chesley sent out an e-mail saying the asteroid had
a 25% chance of striking the Earth in a few days. This was when
Clark Chapman and David Morrison, of the International
Astronomical Union's Working Group on Near Earth Objects,
considered making an early morning call to the White House.
Brian Marsden, of the Minor Planet Center, says, "That would
have jumped the gun before we knew much about the object. I find
it incredible that such action was contemplated on the basis of
just four observations. That is just not enough to yield a
sensible orbit. There was no need to panic as it was obvious
that the situation would have been resolved, one way or another,
in another hour or two."

It was an amateur astronomer who saved the day. After receiving
the Chesley e-mail, he managed to take a picture of the sky
during a moment when the clouds had parted. If the asteroid had
been aiming for the Earth, it would have been in the picture,
but it wasn't, meaning it wasn't going to impact. If the sky had
stayed cloudy, however, there might have been no choice but to
raise the alarm. Marsden says, "If it had been cloudy and the
call had been made to the President it would have been

2004 AS1 eventually passed by at a distance of about 32 times
the distance from the Earth to the Moon, so it turned out to
pose no danger to life on Earth.

If the government keeps asteroid information secret from the
public, what aren't they telling us aboutUFOs?

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