Talk:List of asteroid close approaches to Earth

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What is a record-setting asteroid?[edit]

What is a record-setting asteroid and how will Wikipedia define the list(s)? Is it only asteroids/meteoroids that set a new record such as 2011 CQ1 being the closest, 2004 FU162 being the very early on, and 2008 TS26 being the smallest (based on absolute magnitude)? Is an object like 2012 KT42 worthy of mention since it technically does not set any new close-approach record? -- Kheider (talk) 19:39, 30 May 2012 (UTC)

I do not get how some of these are record-setting. It seems to me that it would be best to take out "record-setting" and list close approaches by (1) date, (2) distance, and (3) size. Bubba73 You talkin' to me? 03:17, 17 February 2013 (UTC)


The timeline section is confusing. First, the article is about record-setting close approaches. Are these supposed to be approaches that were closer than any previously known approach? It doesn't seem to be that way. Are they approaches that were larger than previous ones? Not clear. Secondly, the timeline is in reverse chronological order, which doesn't make sense. Bubba73 You talkin' to me? 03:08, 17 February 2013 (UTC)

The "small asteroids" table doesn't make sense either. For instance, the table is in order by how close the approach was. But there was one of 20,400 km in Nov 2009 but a 34,000 km one is listed in Feb 2013. Why is this second one listed - it didn't break the record for close approach. Bubba73 You talkin' to me? 03:15, 17 February 2013 (UTC)

Proposed name change[edit]

I propose that "record-setting" be removed from the title and the article just list close approaches. What sets a record is ambiguous, because we are talking about both distance and size. Also, a timeline doesn't make sense as far as record breaking. Bubba73 You talkin' to me? 18:54, 19 February 2013 (UTC)

 Done Bubba73 You talkin' to me? 02:44, 22 February 2013 (UTC)

Thank you. I've updated the article's title in 'Template: Asteroids,' 'Category:Radar-imaged asteroids.' and nine articles. Alan G. Archer (talk) 05:25, 22 February 2013 (UTC)


I'm wondering if the tables need to be reorganized. Perhaps have a list of close approaches (leave ones that graze or impact in their own tables). Have it listed in chronological order, but make it a sortable table so the reader could sort by the size or distance columns and look at record breakers. Bubba73 You talkin' to me? 16:28, 22 February 2013 (UTC)

2013 LR6[edit]

What about the newly discovered 2013 LR6, which passed nearby June 8, 2013? Bubba73 You talkin' to me? 00:38, 9 June 2013 (UTC)

2013 LR6 (~10 meters in diameter) does not seem to set any new records. Do we want to mention every 10 meter rock that passes inside the orbit of the moon? -- Kheider (talk) 01:01, 9 June 2013 (UTC)
The title of the article is current close approaches, not records. Ans since there are at least two factors (size and distance), what constitutes a record may be ambiguous. Bubba73 You talkin' to me? 01:24, 9 June 2013 (UTC)
Where does the article state current close approaches? An object such as 2012 KP24 is the closest approach of a non-impacting object of its size. 2013 LR6 is easily bested by 2011 MD. So do we want an ever expanding list of every 10 meter rock that passes inside the orbit of the moon? More and more of those 10 meter rocks will quickly be discovered as surveys become ever more sensitive. -- Kheider (talk) 01:56, 9 June 2013 (UTC)
I left out part of what I intended to type, I meant: "The title of the article is currently about close approaches, not records." The title of the article used to be about records; now it is not. Bubba73 You talkin' to me? 02:04, 9 June 2013 (UTC)

Edit request - Please add 2014 HQ124[edit]

There will be a live broadcast on 5 June 2014 of the asteroid 2014 HQ124. This may please be added by an interested editor. AshLin (talk) 02:28, 6 June 2014 (UTC)

 Done. See List of asteroid close approaches to Earth#Asteroids -- Kheider (talk) 17:13, 6 June 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, AshLin (talk) 11:09, 7 June 2014 (UTC)

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