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  • Let's see, half way to the Moon is roughly 200,000 Km and the Asteroid is roughly 100 m in diameter so we could fit 2,000,000 of these asteroids inside of that orbit end to end. Please pardon me if my fragile heart does not skip a beat.
  • I said this could happen and I was told there was no way we could miss something that size this close.

    Yeah, well if Chelyabinsk and this doesn't open your eyes, you're a fool.

    We need more funding for looking for objects like these.
  • GregoryD: I said this could happen and I was told there was no way we could miss something that size this close.

    Yeah, well if Chelyabinsk and this doesn't open your eyes, you're a fool.

    We need more funding for looking for objects like these.


    This would be unfortunate to be near, but not extinction level.
  • davidphogan: GregoryD: I said this could happen and I was told there was no way we could miss something that size this close.

    Yeah, well if Chelyabinsk and this doesn't open your eyes, you're a fool.

    We need more funding for looking for objects like these.

    This would be unfortunate to be near, but not extinction level.


    It would be wicked awesome to be at just the right distance though.
  • Bring on the blessed relief.
  • Well, my vote is for Giant Meteor.
  • Yeah, that's ALL we need right now... a frickin' undetected meteor making surprise kiloton sized explosions in the atmosphere.

    If it's gonna happen, please do it right over my house.  Please.
  • Not a repeat from every few years since the beginning of time.

    Just since the Earth has had a moon.
  • balko: davidphogan: GregoryD: I said this could happen and I was told there was no way we could miss something that size this close.

    Yeah, well if Chelyabinsk and this doesn't open your eyes, you're a fool.

    We need more funding for looking for objects like these.

    This would be unfortunate to be near, but not extinction level.

    It would be wicked awesome to be at just the right distance though.


    Smarted.
  • Anyone else think the definitions of asteroid and hemorrhoid should have been switched?
  • I just hope a meteor like this doesn't hit the states in the near future, they'd probably end up invading Venezuela or something.
  • davidphogan: GregoryD: I said this could happen and I was told there was no way we could miss something that size this close.

    Yeah, well if Chelyabinsk and this doesn't open your eyes, you're a fool.

    We need more funding for looking for objects like these.

    This would be unfortunate to be near, but not extinction level.


    it would evaporate an entire city of people. That's a little more than unfortunate. Chelyabinsk was unfortunate to have all their windows shatter. An erased city is a little more serious than unfortunate.
  • wademh: Let's see, half way to the Moon is roughly 200,000 Km and the Asteroid is roughly 100 m in diameter so we could fit 2,000,000 of these asteroids inside of that orbit end to end. Please pardon me if my fragile heart does not skip a beat.


    What says more about the chance of getting hit, is how many earths we can fit inside that area.
    pi*200000 km^2/(pi*earth radius^2)
  • How do you think the asteroid feels about it?  Can you imagine how it feels, Dmitriy?  Why do you think it swung by? Just to say hello?  Of course it likes to speak to you.  Of course it likes to say hello.  Not now, but any time, Dmitriy.  It just swung by to tell you something terrible could have happened.  It's a friendly visit.  Of course it's a friendly visit.  Listen, if it wasn't friendly, ... you probably wouldn't have even got it.
  • I welcome Oblivion
  • If you can't shoot down an asteroid, just press hyperspace.
  • trackgrease: I welcome Oblivion


    It's a pretty fun game untill you break it with the item dub glitch.
  • trackgrease: I welcome Oblivion


    I prefer Skyrim.
  • Yet people still INSIST that Nibiru doesn't exist.  Sure...they didn't have any clue this asteroid existed either.
  • GregoryD: I said this could happen and I was told there was no way we could miss something that size this close.

    Yeah, well if Chelyabinsk and this doesn't open your eyes, you're a fool.

    We need more funding for looking for objects like these.


     Hey, those tax cuts for the wealthy aren't just gonna pay for themselves, pal.
  • If this is Apophis, they've been watching it for more than "a day". And cosmically anything skirting within the moon's orbit is a close call.
  • KodosZardoz: If you can't shoot down an asteroid, just press hyperspace.


    I clcked on the little video and I swear to God I heard the damn music.
  • The truly scary part of this story is that most of these flying pieces of rock aren't detected until after they fly past the earth. Those are usually coming from behind the sun, but not always.
    What if a 3-5 mile wide asteroid was detected and scientists were convinced it was going to hit earth in three months? I'm curious what the international community would do and how they would respond. Would Elon Musk divert it with a Tesla?
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