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Old 01-24-2015, 01:59 PM
 
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Where would this rank on the Torino Scale?
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Old 01-24-2015, 02:42 PM
 
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how many times are we going to let these opportunities pass us by with trying to blast it to smithereens with something?!
Someone has been playing too many video games!

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Old 01-24-2015, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Sunrise
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how many times are we going to let these opportunities pass us by with trying to blast it to smithereens with something?!
What something do you think we have? Even our biggest nuke would only alter its trajectory slightly. Consider that this mountain-sized asteroid is traveling 35,000 miles per hour. And it is three times further away than the moon. Good luck putting a payload even near the thing, let alone score a direct hit.

It would be like throwing a dart across Yankee stadium and hitting a fast-moving target the size of a dinner plate.


Someone should make a "virtual asteroid shooter" game to show how difficult this is.
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Old 01-24-2015, 07:02 PM
 
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I happened to check this database a few weeks ago and noted that it would passing, but saw no reason for concern.

NEO Earth Close Approaches

Frankly, I'd rather not know if we're going to be hit by one. Chances are that we will by one that won't have been detected. But what difference does it make? People are delusional to think that humans could actually do something about one heading our way. From what I understand we are targeted by about one large object per century on average. The world's surface is 3/4 water so we can expect one every 400 years or so on land. There were ones in 1906 (?) and 1947 (?) in Siberia, I believe. One hit the moon in the 1600s. Earlier ones in historic times probably hit remote areas that we don't know about. One has to wonder if one set off population migrations like the Indo-Europeans.
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Old 01-24-2015, 07:08 PM
 
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just keep your babies to yourself dear- along with this huge mass a lot of debris comes with it-
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Old 01-24-2015, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Caverns measureless to man...
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Where would this rank on the Torino Scale?
0 - "no hazard." It might have been a 1 for a few hours until they zeroed out the trajectory, but it would have quickly been reassigned as a 0.
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Old 01-25-2015, 04:08 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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What something do you think we have? Even our biggest nuke would only alter its trajectory slightly. Consider that this mountain-sized asteroid is traveling 35,000 miles per hour. And it is three times further away than the moon. Good luck putting a payload even near the thing, let alone score a direct hit.

It would be like throwing a dart across Yankee stadium and hitting a fast-moving target the size of a dinner plate.


Someone should make a "virtual asteroid shooter" game to show how difficult this is.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-t...yer_detailpage
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Old 01-25-2015, 04:51 AM
 
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What if only a few astronomers had actually done the calculations to judge its path when they finally noticed it ....... what if it's actually headed directly toward us, and we will inevitably get hit, and the human race is almost certain to become extinct as a result?

Maybe they haven't told us the truth because there's nothing that could be done, and the astronomers and political leaders want us to enjoy our last few days of existence in peace, without any fear.
Lol!

Wish I had a telescope!
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Old 01-25-2015, 05:26 AM
 
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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Lol!

Wish I had a telescope!
I have one.
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Old 01-25-2015, 05:32 AM
 
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I have one.
Lol, that doesn't help.
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