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Aircraft-carrier-sized Asteroid on the Horizon
#21
Who cares? DC sucks.
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#22
Eliminating most of the vast federal bureaucracy would be a good start on improving the country.

Besides, I'd enjoy the media coverage of someone getting arrested while attempting this.
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#23
But if most of the federal government got wiped out all of a sudden, the USA might have to default on its loans. Then again, the same may be true if they are not wiped within the next week or so.
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#24
Nah, if an asteroid has to fall, it will fall on a Tea-Perty/neocon gathering. Freeing the way for Obama to spend without limit.
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(07-27-2011, 04:47 PM)Fredledingue Wrote: Nah, if an asteroid has to fall, it will fall on a Tea-Perty/neocon gathering. Freeing the way for Obama to spend without limit.

Are you trying to give me nightmares Fred? S11

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#26
It'll have the same desired effect of imploding everything.
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#27
European Space Agency is starting to get serious about Impactors:ESA Plans Armageddon-like Mission to Deflect Incoming Asteroid.
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#28
Don't worry John, the Chinese will beat them to it.
Jefferson: I place economy among the first and important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers. To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our choice between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude. If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of caring for them, they will be happy.
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#29
Well, this isn't an asteroid, but something bigger, and could have been potentially more dangerous.

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SIGNIFICANT COMET PLUNGES TOWARD THE SUN: A comet nearly as wide as two football fields (200m) is plunging toward the sun where it will most likely be destroyed in a spectacular light show on Dec. 15/16. Although Comet Lovejoy (C/2011 W3) could become as bright as Jupiter or Venus when it "flames out," the glare of the sun will hide the event from human eyes. Solar observatories in space, however, will have a grand view. NASA's STEREO-B spacecraft recorded the comet's approach on Dec. 11:

"You can clearly see the comet heading diagonally through the images," says Karl Battams of the Naval Research Lab who prepared the animation. "During the 16-hour sequence, the comet brightens from magnitude +8 to +6.5, approximately."

It will soon grow much brighter. "This comet is a true sungrazer, and will skim approximately 140,000 km (1.2 solar radii) above the solar surface on Dec. 15/16," notes Battams. At such close range, solar heating will almost certainly destroy the icy interloper,creating a cloud of vapor and comet dust that will reflect lots of sunlight. The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) will have a particularly good view.

Discovered on Dec. 2nd by amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy of Australia, the comet is an unusually large member of the Kreutz family. Kreutz sungrazers are fragments of a single giant comet (probably the Great Comet of 1106) that broke apart back in the 12th century. SOHO sees one plunging into the sun every few days, but most are small, no more than 10 meters wide. Comet Lovejoy is at least ten times larger than usual.

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#30
Easy come, easy go Terry. You gotta find another that lasts longer.
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#31
While this one is not the size of an aircraft carrier, it is still quite large, at 60 metres. That's still big, and it is headed our way, in February of next year. And it will come withing geostationary orbit, which is a circular orbit 35,786 km (22,236 mi) above the Earth's equator. That's really too close for comfort IMO. Also, Meteor Crater outside Flagstaff, was made by an Impactor about 50 metres in size.

Quote:The asteroid, known as DA14, will pass by our planet in February 2013 at a distance of under 27,000 km (16,700 miles). This is closer than the geosynchronous orbit of some satellites.

There is a possibility the asteroid will collide with Earth, but further calculation is required to estimate the potential threat and work out how to avert possible disaster, NASA expert Dr. David Dunham told students at Russia’s University of Electronics and Mathematics.

“The Earth’s gravitational field will alter the asteroid’s path significantly. Further scrupulous calculation is required to estimate the threat of collision,” said Dr. Dunham, as transcribed by Russia’s Izvestia. “The asteroid may break into dozens of small pieces, or several large lumps may split from it and burn up in the atmosphere. The type of the asteroid and its mineral structure can be determined by spectral analysis. This will help predict its behavior in the atmosphere and what should be done to prevent the potential threat,” said Dr. Dunham.
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#32
We may have a second moon soon..
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#33
(03-05-2012, 06:40 PM)Fredledingue Wrote: We may have a second moon soon..

How is that Fred?

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#34
The asteroid could be caught in the Terrestrial orbit.
By chance it will stay geo-stationary and we will be able to to put more cellphone antenas on it.
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#35
Anything is possible Fred. S5
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(03-04-2012, 06:30 PM)John L Wrote: While this one is not the size of an aircraft carrier, it is still quite large, at 60 metres. That's still big, and it is headed our way, in February of next year. And it will come withing geostationary orbit, which is a circular orbit 35,786 km (22,236 mi) above the Earth's equator. That's really too close for comfort IMO. Also, Meteor Crater outside Flagstaff, was made by an Impactor about 50 metres in size.

Quote:The asteroid, known as DA14, will pass by our planet in February 2013 at a distance of under 27,000 km (16,700 miles). This is closer than the geosynchronous orbit of some satellites.

There is a possibility the asteroid will collide with Earth, but further calculation is required to estimate the potential threat and work out how to avert possible disaster, NASA expert Dr. David Dunham told students at Russia’s University of Electronics and Mathematics.

“The Earth’s gravitational field will alter the asteroid’s path significantly. Further scrupulous calculation is required to estimate the threat of collision,” said Dr. Dunham, as transcribed by Russia’s Izvestia. “The asteroid may break into dozens of small pieces, or several large lumps may split from it and burn up in the atmosphere. The type of the asteroid and its mineral structure can be determined by spectral analysis. This will help predict its behavior in the atmosphere and what should be done to prevent the potential threat,” said Dr. Dunham.

I was in the store earlier today and some old guy was chatting me up about tomatoes. Then he suddenly says we won't have any next year because we'll all be dead because of this asteroid hitting us in February. He got pissed when I told him I didn't believe him.
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#37
If it does impact, I feel sorry for anyone within 100-200 miles of the impact site. After all its just 65 metres across. More than enough to cause another Meteor Crater site.

However, if it impacts in the ocean, I wouldn't want to be on vacation at the beach anywhere near its signature event. No telling what size the tsunami would be.

But all of us being dead? Naaah, ain't going to happen. However I am sure that there are some comets way out in the Kuiper Belt, or Oort Cloud, that may have our name on it, for the distant future.
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#38
It would be difficult to capture. More likely as it is approaching at a discernible speed, it will probably exhibit the sling-shot effect.
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#39
Couldn't we just hit it with a missile and make it into pebbles before it hits? That would lessen the impact and damage.

Wait - did the hippies prevent such a possibility?
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#40
Joan this would be experimental at best.
No one has ever blown an asteroid with a nuclear missile yet.
Moreover no one has evenr tested a nuke in space (it's forbiden by Geneva convention) and nobody knows how a nuke would blow in absence of atmosphere.
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