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Scientists detect path of asteroid

March 18, 2004

Albany- Planet Earth had its closest brush with an asteroid in recorded history today.

It happened just after five o'clock this afternoon. The asteroid, called 2004 F-H, passed about 26,500 miles from earth. There's a chance an asteroid could hit earth one day, but if scientists catch it in time, a collision could be avoided.

"You could launch some kind of a satellite and if you nudge it just very gently when it's very far away that will change the orbit enough so it would miss the earth," said Dr. Davis Philip.

Philip is a member of the American Astronomical Society from New York. Thursday night, he talked to students at Darton College about telescopes all over the world.

posted at 10:25 p.m. by brannon.stewart@walb.com