If there were an asteroid heading this way, how much notice would you want? The Panoramic Survey Telescope & Rapid Response System reports that an “object” about 150 feet
apart across is going to come within 4 million miles of earth next month. That’s a big miss, right? So how come it’s classified as a “potentially hazardous object?” Could forecasts be off by 4 million miles?
The object was discovered on September 16th. We’re hearing about it now.
Ruminations on this and other news of the day in today’s chat with Mary Lucia of the Current.
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Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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