NASA Unsure if Object Hurtling Toward Earth and Arriving in February Is an Asteroid or a Comet

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They’ve dubbed the object “2016 WF9” and NASA scientists say they aren’t sure if it’s a comet or an asteroid.

They just know it’ll be large enough that we can watch it soar past us with binoculars.

Recently detected in late November, the object is reportedly between 0.3 to 0.6 miles across. It’s dark but lacks the dust and gas clouds that typify a comet, so for now it has been officially classified as an asteroid.

According to NASA, it will pass Earth on February 25, 2017 at a distance of 32,000,000 miles away and is not considered a threat.

The object was discovered by the NEOWISE project, an asteroid-hunting portion of NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission.

In a press release, NEOWISE’s Deputy Principal Investigator at the Jet Propulsion Lab James Bauer said:

“2016 WF9 could have cometary origins. This object illustrates that the boundary between asteroids and comets is a blurry one; perhaps over time this object has lost the majority of the volatiles that linger on or just under its surface.”

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  • Mike

    just throw obama and his ilk in its path. It will turn the other way in disgust.

  • TrevorD

    “not considered a threat”. Who the hell cares then.

  • jim_robert

    It’s probably yet another of the yearly appearances of NIburu/Planet X. Every single freaking year it’s “Niburu is coming!” “NIburu is hding behind the sun!” “NIburu is hiding under the bed!” Or Planet X is hiding in the closet with the boogeyman!”

    Give it a rest. Preparedness is good, There are real threats. This ain’t one of them.

    • Phil_Ossifer

      I would add that, while preparedness is good it has to be tempered with practical experience and an appreciation of reality. People on the Gulf Coast prep for hurricanes and possible weather-related SHTF because, simply, it has happened before and might well happen again. The Northeast preps for major snow storms and such. In the Midwest they have tornado shelters. In those cases prepping for something you know has happened and will happen again is reasonable. Prepping against the possibility of being invaded by Martians is ridiculous and most of NASA’s “threats” are just that – fear of Martian gangs coming to a town near you. It’s all about funding, pure and simple. NASA needs a continued reason to exist and always needs more money.

  • Al Mather

    The Van Allan Belts are real.. and would deliver a lethal dose of radiation with about a week of exposure… the Apollo astronauts were subjected to about 1% of that exposure on their missions. THE ONLY thing that NASA says now is that if we are designing and engineering next generation vehicle which MIGHT be used to high orbit at some point …we need to work out sheilding for occupants and equipment. …

    Here is a letter from Van Allan himself …in which he finds all the conspirotard nonsense amusing…

    https://forum.cosmoquest.org/archive/index.php/t-3885.html

  • Phil_Ossifer

    NASA is an acronym for Never A Straight Answer. Which is typical of government agencies, true, but NASA has elevated it to an art form.

  • thomas jefferson

    WANTA see whats going on,WHATDOESITMEAN”.com..theres a COMET coming and it will arrive any day now NASA IS LIEING LIKE USUAL………