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Near Earth Object about to hit us.... but don't panic it's only teensy!

26 Oct 2015, 07:52 UTC
Near Earth Object about to hit us.... but don't panic it's only teensy!
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If you've enjoyed this please share it on facebook, twitter, or whatever your favourite social media is. Near Earth Object about to hit our atmosphere:Earth has a (slightly) mysterious companion  called 'WT1190F'. The tiny Near Earth Object (NEO) is orbiting our planet once every three weeks, on an elliptical and decaying orbit that will have it re-entering the atmosphere on Nov. 13th, 2015…Read More » and if any part survives, it will plummet into the Indian Ocean (~62 miles south of Sri Lanka). It's probably an old rocket stage, and will provide a spectacular light show in that part of the world as it disintegrates and burns up. Above: A bright fireball, like this one, is expected as the object burns up in our atmosphere.Earth was born with the ingredients for life, comet data suggestsComplex carbon molecules have been detected in the emissions of comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy), a comet with a very long orbit that made its closest approach to the Sun on 30 January 2015. Telescopes were trained on the comet, and 21 different molecules were identified using a technique called spectroscopy,  including the first identification of ethyl alcohol (ethanol, C2H5OH) and the simplest monosaccharide sugar glycolaldehyde (CH2OHCHO) ...

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