Originally posted by sasquatch672
Somebody check my math, but I have that as 15 minutes, 17 seconds of earth orbit...that's pretty close.
Wikipedia gives the earths orbital speed as 29.7 km/s and 17 miles is about 27 km thats a bit under 1000s which is about 17 minutes. So allowing for the 10% error in my 1000s I think you got your maths right.
But unless the thing gets trapped by the atmosphere it really doesn't matter how close it gets. The Earth has a diameter of 12,600 km so it's 2 and a bit times the diameter of the earth away. Which means we shouldn't get a problem even if it hits a satellite. If it does hit a satellite then the satellite's had it, but it won't affect us other than losing the satellite. Could be spectacular to watch though.