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#1 Gypsy Bob

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 03:34 PM

It's 50 yards wide and will pass within 17,500 miles. To put this in perspective the Moon  is @ 238,000 miles from Earth. It will be close enough that there is a slight chance it could impact some Satellites in geocentric orbit; GPS and Communication Satellites.

 

http://www.telegraph...your-phone.html



#2 concert andy

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 03:36 PM

I was just watching Bill Nye describe this on CNN.

 

It misses earth by 15 minutes.



#3 Gypsy Bob

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 06:35 PM

This is really close; a true near miss. Imagine if it compromises a communication satellite or two!



#4 TakeAStepBack

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 06:38 PM

I saw a news anchor say that the asteroid is the result of Goebbels Warming.



#5 concert andy

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 08:26 PM

This is really close; a true near miss. Imagine if it compromises a communication satellite or two!

 

 

They say it would be equivalent to the Russian asteroid strike in 1909 (I think that was the year).  They also said that if it would hit a major city, that city would be gone.  The 1909 incident flattened 824 (ish) square miles around the impact location.

 

It could, it is flying just below the line of satellites.

 

I saw a news anchor say that the asteroid is the result of Goebbals Warming.

 

Now that is absurb.   :lol:



#6 TakeAStepBack

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 08:28 PM

Most everything regarding Goebbels Warming is absurd.



#7 capt_morgan

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 08:31 PM

ass roids r very seriuos business



#8 TakeAStepBack

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 08:32 PM

I've got ass roids on my face.



#9 JBetty

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 08:39 PM

Most everything regarding Goebbels Warming is absurd.

 

 

I heard he was anti semenic. 



#10 capt_morgan

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 08:48 PM

lolassroids :lol:



#11 Java Time

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 12:00 AM

I'm gonna jump real high and touch it...

Touch it dammit...touch it!

#12 moed_over

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 12:09 AM

No big deal, that's one they could actually destroy in space if they had to....one well placed nuclear missile later.



#13 Jwheelz

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 12:10 AM

No big deal, that's one they could actually destroy in space if they had to....one well placed nuclear missile later.

 

and thousands of pounds of newly radioactive rock would rain down on the planet over a wide area :lol:



#14 Cheezdude

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 12:10 AM

A slight chance, means about one in a trillion. This will be mildly interesting. Not a doomsday scenario. 



#15 Java Time

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 12:39 AM

No big deal, that's one they could actually destroy in space if they had to....one well placed nuclear missile later.

Well let's hope It's not our government's job...

Our's can't orchestrate plowing of roads, does a halfassed job doing it and congratulates themselves on what an awesome job they did :coffee:

#16 Julius

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 01:15 AM

Well let's hope It's not our government's job...

Our's can't orchestrate plowing of roads, does a halfassed job doing it and congratulates themselves on what an awesome job they did :coffee:

No way, it's Bruce Willis' job.



#17 moed_over

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 02:13 AM

and thousands of pounds of newly radioactive rock would rain down on the planet over a wide area :lol:

 

Actually, no. A 50 yard asteroid would be vaporized by even a low-yield nuclear weapon. Plus, if there happened to be anything leftover, it would burn up during entry into the atmosphere....



#18 Java Time

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:04 AM

No way, it's Bruce Willis' job.

Actually, no. A 50 yard asteroid would be vaporized by even a low-yield nuclear weapon. Plus, if there happened to be anything leftover, it would burn up during entry into the atmosphere....

Well there ya go...it's a date...get Bruce on the phone...a perfect practice 'roid

#19 cheeseweasel

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 08:35 AM

The Tunguska Blast was an air burst, not an impact. There is no way to determine how a rock will reach it's end. Granted, both are devastating, but an impact is far worse since it would fill the air with dirt and create a climatic impact that could be felt for decades.

#20 cheeseweasel

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 08:40 AM

And frankly Id be deeply concerned by all these "close calls" of late. Our planet or entire solar system is passing through some kind of debris field and we may have an impact soon. The possibility of it is quite real. We have no clue what is really out there or what direction it is coming from. People forget that in addition to us dallying about the Sun, our entire system is blazing around the Milky Way, and passes through who knows what. For all we know we are right now whizzing through an ancient pulverized solar system and none of these rocks have ever been tracked.

#21 Java Time

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 12:10 PM

The Tunguska Blast was an air burst, not an impact. There is no way to determine how a rock will reach it's end. Granted, both are devastating, but an impact is far worse since it would fill the air with dirt and create a climatic impact that could be felt for decades.

Tunguska blast was an alien spacecraft crash

#22 TakeAStepBack

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 01:41 PM

:panic:



#23 PieDoh

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 01:58 PM


The Tunguska Blast was an air burst, not an impact. There is no way to determine how a rock will reach it's end. Granted, both are devastating, but an impact is far worse since it would fill the air with dirt and create a climatic impact that could be felt for decades.

oh boy, firzt the moon is made of cheeze, now i lurn that assdroids are felt... can i makes hat?

#24 Gypsy Bob

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 02:59 PM

Do you think the powers that be would/should notify the people if they knew a "small object" impact was unavoidable?



#25 u.s.blues

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:07 PM

Do you think the powers that be would/should notify the people if they knew a "small object" impact was unavoidable?

 

well, severe weather warnings and evacuations do happen, so they probably would notify the people in the event of a small object impact.  and, yes they definately should.



#26 tyedyedee

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:15 PM

but *would* they? :dunno:



#27 In A Silent Way

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:16 PM

Bill Nye the Science Guy

 

...BILL...BILL...BILL...BILL...



#28 Gypsy Bob

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:18 PM

but *would* they? :dunno:

Interesting question. Lots of pros and cons on each side.



#29 Jwheelz

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 04:30 PM

Actually, no. A 50 yard asteroid would be vaporized by even a low-yield nuclear weapon. Plus, if there happened to be anything leftover, it would burn up during entry into the atmosphere....

 

I had a feeling that particular warning I saw about that kind of thing on the science channel was a bit of hyperbole... I'm crushed  :cry:

 

(I didn't realize they were probably talking about larger ones :lol:)



#30 TakeAStepBack

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 04:33 PM

What if it detonates inside the stratosphere and then rains down neutrons frying our electrical grid and gadgets? That would be a giant whoopsie, wouldn't it?



#31 u.s.blues

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 04:34 PM

pros: save lives

cons: create mass hysteria

?

 

tin foil hat answer: it wouldn't be an asteroid, but rather a top secret bomb detonated in a large populated area, later reported to be an asteroid impact, with the purpose of reducing the population at the hands of the skull and bones society, profit!

:lol:



#32 TEO

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:07 PM

Asteroids and aliens, paving the way for space weapons.   :crazy:



#33 concert andy

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:28 PM

This is why we need to build a death star.

 

With the power to destory planets, wouldn't we also have the power to destory assroids?



#34 u.s.blues

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:56 PM

i think the only thing that can kill assroids are cockroaches.



#35 TakeAStepBack

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 06:01 PM

Assroids on the faceass.



#36 Jwheelz

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 06:48 PM

my assroids really hurt today... I think I just passed the Earth  :crook:



#37 Java Time

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 06:56 PM

What if it detonates inside the stratosphere and then rains down neutrons frying our electrical grid and gadgets? That would be a giant whoopsie, wouldn't it?

 

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!? :wow:

 

DO YOUR RESEARCH MUTHA FUHKER...BRUCE MUTHA FUKIN WILLIS WILL NOT LET FUHKIN NEUTRONS HIT THE MUTHA FUCKIN EARTH!!! :joker:



#38 TakeAStepBack

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 07:02 PM

It could happen.



#39 Java Time

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 07:17 PM

It could happen.

 

no doubt...I also believe this asteroid will hit the top of Mt. Everest, bounce off and land in Seaside Park and then the Vibes will be moved to Baltimore :eek1:



#40 concert andy

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 07:18 PM

It could happen.

 

Tinker Bell could appear too.  :lol:



#41 TakeAStepBack

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 07:58 PM

If Goebbels Warming can cause assroids, it can happen.



#42 capt_morgan

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 08:02 PM

ill assroid my fartbox in it



#43 concert andy

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 08:05 PM

If Goebbels Warming can cause assroids, it can happen.

 

Isnt Goebbels dating Tinker?



#44 TakeAStepBack

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 08:08 PM

Only by about 3 years.



#45 TakeAStepBack

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 08:09 PM

But Tinker Bell dates Goebbels Warming by many years.



#46 CTMuleman

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 08:43 PM

The North Koreans are going to take care of it.



#47 cheeseweasel

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 09:21 PM

What if it detonates inside the stratosphere and then rains down neutrons frying our electrical grid and gadgets? That would be a giant whoopsie, wouldn't it?

You are thinking of an EMP. An airburst asteroid is capable of doing this (thought not in every instance) but still less of a detriment to life on the planet overall than a dirt-induced mini ice age.

#48 concert andy

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 04:01 PM

You are thinking of an EMP. An airburst asteroid is capable of doing this (thought not in every instance) but still less of a detriment to life on the planet overall than a dirt-induced mini ice age.

 

a 150 foot assroid would not cause a mini ice age.  



#49 territoryranger

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 04:21 PM

Russian Scientists have discovered an Asteroid large enough to do significant damage to the Earth,on a collision course,and will impact in the year 2028...................................Of course Russian Scientists look at the Stars through Empty Vodka Bottles...............



#50 TakeAStepBack

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 04:23 PM

Russian Scientists have discovered an Asteroid large enough to do significant damage to the Earth,on a collision course,and will impact in the year 2028...................................Of course Russian Scientists look at the Stars through Empty Vodka Bottles...............

 

Awesome, another end of the world prediction.This time by assroid. Epcot.