The World is DOOM-Y AF RN. Potentially Hazardous Asteroid 2017 JA was found yesterday, they've "looked" at it 41 times, it has a condition code of 6 and it will pass by at .26 Lunar Distances which means a quarter of the distance from here to the moon.
Is it a chunk left over from Halley's Comet?
The good news is it's small about 7 meters.
Also, Asteroids might be fake.
strange days, indeed.
God bless everyone,
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an article on PDCO
Planetary Defense Coordination Office
NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO) is managed in the Planetary Science Division of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The PDCO is responsible for:
Ensuring the early detection of potentially hazardous objects (PHOs) – asteroids and comets whose orbits are predicted to bring them within 0.05 Astronomical Units of Earth; and of a size large enough to reach Earth’s surface – that is, greater than approximately 30 to 50 meters;
Tracking and characterizing PHOs and issuing warnings about potential impacts;
Providing timely and accurate communications about PHOs; and
Leading the coordination of U.S. Government planning for response to an actual impact threat.
The PDCO relies on data from projects supported by NASA’s Near-Earth Object (NEO) Observations Program. The PDCO also coordinates NEO observation efforts conducted at ground-based observatories sponsored by the National Science Foundation and space situational awareness facilities of the United States Air Force. In addition to finding, tracking, and characterizing PHOs, NASA’s planetary defense goals include developing techniques for deflecting or redirecting PHOs, if possible, that are determined to be on an impact course with Earth. In the event that deflection or redirection is not possible, the PDCO is responsible for providing expert input to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for emergency response operations should a PHO be on an impact course or actually impact the Earth.
In the event that experts find a PHO or predict a possible, probable, or certain impact with Earth, the PDCO is responsible for providing timely and accurate information to the Government, the media, and the public. The Minor Planet Center is tasked with notifying observers worldwide about PHOs so they can conduct timely follow-up observations. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Center for NEO Studies (CNEOS) analyzes data collected on PHOs, predicts future orbits, and calculates impact probabilities. CNEOS will use new data to refine its predictions of the PHO’s orbit. If a PHO poses a significant chance of impacting Earth (that is, greater than 1 percent over the next 100 years), the PDCO prepares notification messages for the NASA Administrator to send to the Executive Office of the President, the U.S. Congress, and other Government organizations.
In conducting its work, the PDCO collaborates with other U.S. Government agencies, other national and international agencies, and professional and amateur astronomers around the world. For example, the PDCO works closely with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of State on NEO impact warning, mitigation and response planning. The PDCO is responsible for facilitating communications between the science community and the public should any potentially hazardous NEO be discovered. The PDCO also works closely with the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs, its Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, and its Action Team on Near Earth Objects (also known as Action Team 14). The PDCO is a leading member of the International Asteroid Warning Network (IAWN) and the Space Missions Planning Advisory Group (SMPAG), multinational endeavors recommended by the United Nations for an international response to the NEO impact hazard and established and operated by the space-capable nations. The PDCO also communicates with the scientific community through channels such as NASA’s Small Bodies Assessment Group (SBAG).
The 2017 PDC Hypothetical Asteroid Impact Scenario
Initial Press Release
A hypothetical asteroid impact scenario will be presented at the 2017 IAA Planetary Defense Conference (PDC), to be held in Tokyo, Japan, May 15-19, 2017. Although this scenario is realistic in many ways, it is completely fictional and does NOT describe an actual potential asteroid impact. The scenario is as follows:
An asteroid is discovered on March 6, 2017, at magnitude 21.1, and confirmed the following day. It is assigned the designation “2017 PDC” by the Minor Planet Center. (To reinforce the fact that this is not a real asteroid, we are using three letters in the designation, something that would never be done for an actual asteroid.)