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    NASA says mysterious object hurtling towards Earth

    More at link.......

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/science/nasa...rtling-9560987

    NASA says mysterious object hurtling towards Earth could be an asteroid or a comet

    The American space agency says that one object is a massive comet, but has so far been unable to identify the other.
    NASA recently spotted two massive space objects hurtling towards Earth.

    While the American space agency has pinpointed one as a comet, the other has left it slightly more baffled.

    The comet is set to fly close to Earth this week, but the mystery object isn't expected to make an appearance until February.

    The object, dubbed "2016 WF9", was detected by NASA's asteroid- and comet-hunting NEOWISE project on 27 November 2016.

    It is roughly 0.3 to 0.6 miles (0.5 to 1 kilometres) across and is in an orbit that takes it on a scenic tour of our solar system.

    However, NASA scientists are not sure whether it is a comet or an asteroid .

    "2016 WF9 could have cometary origins," said Deputy Principal Investigator James "Gerbs" Bauer at NASA's JPL.

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    Nice.................so we have 2 chances of getting slammed in the next month or so.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Wise Owl View Post
    Nice.................so we have 2 chances of getting slammed in the next month or so.
    Not remotely. Reading further at the link it says the mystery object's closest approach is expected to be 32 million miles and the one identified as a comet will likely require binoculars to see.

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    Yeah this is all over the British tabloids, particularly 2016 WF9, they're saying they're not sure if it's an asteroid or a comet, so obviously it's aliens
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    Yawn.
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    at least we don't have wait 'till October
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    Does anyone know if it is coming in from the South-South-West @ about 40-50 degrees over the horizon?

    For the last couple weeks when I go outside, my attention day or night is drawn to that portion of the sky.

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    You won't be able to see either one with the naked eye, if the rest of the OP linked article is to believed. Comets (especially newly discovered ones) being notoriously unpredictable, you might not even be able to see that with binoculars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tanstaafl View Post
    You won't be able to see either one with the naked eye, if the rest of the OP linked article is to believed. Comets (especially newly discovered ones) being notoriously unpredictable, you might not even be able to see that with binoculars.
    Yeah, but "attention" goes beyond sight.

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    "2016 WF9 a potential colony? It's short period so about every 4.87 years.

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