Asteroid 2014 RC to Pass Close to Earth


If for several hours on Sunday September 7, 2014 you say the Moon is the closed celestial object to the Earth you would be wrong. At 2:18 p.m. Asteroid 2014 RC will pass Earth at a distance of 25,000 miles which is 1/10 the distance to the Moon. It is a small asteroid that is just 60 feet across and it will not be visible to the unaided eye. Now 25,000 miles is far enough that there is no danger of an impact with the Earth but this is on of the closest; though not the closest; passes seen.

It is often claimed according to the Nebula Hypothesis that asteroids a remnant from formation of the solar system. However this idea has problems with such things angular momentum and real planets both in the solar system and among exoplanets that are not in orbits predicted by the Nebula Hypothesis. Alternative origins for asteroids include an exploded or shattered planet between Mars and Jupiter, originating from outside the solar system which from a creationist perspective could have been created on day four of the creation week along with the rest of the universe, and even the idea that they formed from material ejected from Earth during the Genesis Flood.

In Astronomy terms this pass qualifies as a near miss but even if it did impact the resulting explosion would be about 90 kilotons of TNT which is about 4 times the size of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki Japan. So if it came down in a remote area it would hardly be noticed out side viewing range, so it would qualify as a minor threat.

 

 

 

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