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ROYC75
03-04-2009, 01:47 PM
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,503164,00.html

Missed us Monday by 40,000 miles . Next time around, BOOM.


Surprise Asteroid Makes Near-Miss of Earth

Monday, March 02, 2009

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Wait! Did you hear that whooshing sound?

A small asteroid buzzed by Earth Monday, though only real astronomy geeks in the Pacific would have noticed.

The rock, estimated to be no more than 200 feet wide, zoomed past our planet at an altitude of 40,000 miles at 1:44 p.m. universal time or 8:44 EST.

Dubbed 2009 DD45, it was discovered only on Friday by Australian astronomers.

Forty thousand miles may sound like a lot, but it's only about one-seventh of the way to the moon, and less than twice as far out as many telecommunications satellites.

Had 2009 DD45 hit the Earth, it would have exploded on or near the surface with the force of a large nuclear blast not very reassuring when you consider humanity had only about three days' notice.

According to the Australian news Web site Crikey, the asteroid is likely to be drawn in by Earth's gravity, meaning it may return for many more near misses in the future.

'Hamas' Jenkins
03-04-2009, 01:49 PM
As much as that one would suck, the real worrisome ones are 10-1000 times that size.

Donger
03-04-2009, 01:51 PM
Meh. Spit ball.

seclark
03-04-2009, 01:54 PM
According to the Australian news Web site Crikey, the asteroid is likely to be drawn in by Earth's gravity, meaning it may return for many more near misses in the future.

we're ready!

ROYC75
03-04-2009, 01:55 PM
A large nuclear blast is not small ! Sure there are bigger ones out there. But as close as this one made it.

'Hamas' Jenkins
03-04-2009, 02:04 PM
A large nuclear blast is not small ! Sure there are bigger ones out there. But as close as this one made it.

A large nuclear blast isn't as big as you think it is.

Donger
03-04-2009, 02:05 PM
A large nuclear blast is not small ! Sure there are bigger ones out there. But as close as this one made it.

It wouldn't have caused a nuclear explosion had it entered our atmosphere or even reached water/land.

Dr. Facebook Fever
03-04-2009, 02:09 PM
It'd rock to be standing at ground zero drinking a cran-grape snapple looking up and pooping while your pants are still on when one hits. I'd rather that than be running pointlessly from the wave from a few miles away.

I'd make sure "this is gonna leave a mark" were my last words. That or "hmmm... this is tasty. I didn't even know Snapple made a cran-grape."

Donger
03-04-2009, 02:09 PM
But as close as this one made it.

We got buzzed in 2004 (I think) by a rock that was 30 meters. That one was closer, too. Something like 25,000 miles.

kchero
03-04-2009, 02:11 PM
Meh. Spit ball.

I know your joking, but it wouldn't take much of an asteroid (size that is) to completely put this earth back into the stoneage.

Donger
03-04-2009, 02:14 PM
I know your joking, but it wouldn't take much of an asteroid (size that is) to completely put this earth back into the stoneage.

It would take a rock about 1km to cause global devastation.

tooge
03-04-2009, 02:14 PM
Meh. Just send some guys up with a shuttle, preferable some miners. Place a nuclear blast just right and BOOM, it misses earth. Sadly, the lead miner will no doubt leave a hot daughter behind, who, just so happened to be in love with one of the other miners. But hey, it is a small price to pay to save humanity.

doomy3
03-04-2009, 02:26 PM
I heard that Matt Stafford was tied to the astroid.

keg in kc
03-04-2009, 02:27 PM
I heard that Matt Stafford was tied to the astroid.Sanchez repelled it with a well placed out.

Donger
03-04-2009, 02:28 PM
I just noticed the astroid. Shouldn't hemorrhoids be called astroids?

kchero
03-04-2009, 02:32 PM
It would take a rock about 1km to cause global devastation.

exactly, just 1 km....that is nothing, absolutely nothing compared to the space rocks out there.

ROYC75
03-04-2009, 02:34 PM
Meh. Just send some guys up with a shuttle, preferable some miners. Place a nuclear blast just right and BOOM, it misses earth. Sadly, the lead miner will no doubt leave a hot daughter behind, who, just so happened to be in love with one of the other miners. But hey, it is a small price to pay to save humanity.


Miners ? Here I thought it was only oil rig drillers ...... Damn, how did I miss that ?:doh!:

Chazno
03-04-2009, 02:46 PM
Here is a list of Asteroids coming to an Earth near you

http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/ca/

Big on going by Saturday, but its MUCH farther away.

Donger
03-04-2009, 02:47 PM
exactly, just 1 km....that is nothing, absolutely nothing compared to the space rocks out there.

And the ones that are large enough to be real threats are, thankfully, easier to spot.

Crush
03-04-2009, 03:01 PM
fuck Do you guys even realize how much Preparation H would be needed?

FAX
03-04-2009, 03:26 PM
A large nuclear blast isn't as big as you think it is.

Of all the posts I have ever seen you make, Mr. 'Hamas' Jenkins, this has to be the most sig-worthy.

If only I had a sig.

FAX

JuicesFlowing
03-04-2009, 03:27 PM
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,503164,00.html

meaning it may return for many more near misses in the future.

As long as it misses every single time, that's cool.

HC_Chief
03-04-2009, 03:35 PM
I would think a 200 FOOT asteroid would break apart and burn up on entry.

beavis
03-04-2009, 04:03 PM
Lets just hope it hits Denver.

Pioli Zombie
03-04-2009, 04:40 PM
its obamas fault
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FishingRod
03-04-2009, 04:57 PM
The one that made the crater in Arizona is generally estimated to have been about 130 ft across. One of these hitting a populated area would be a BIG problem and "could" be mistaken for a nuclear attack. That would be bad.

Valiant
03-04-2009, 06:25 PM
I know your joking, but it wouldn't take much of an asteroid (size that is) to completely put this earth back into the stoneage.

Shit the loss of electronics immediately would put our species back into the iron age/feudal after a few years..

Valiant
03-04-2009, 06:26 PM
Lets just hope it hits Denver.

As long as it does not hit above the stargate.. I need a way out..

KCrockaholic
03-04-2009, 06:32 PM
um, its not 2012 yet, we have nothing to worry about until then. :)

Bearcat
03-04-2009, 06:40 PM
Based on what Wikipedia says, the Tunguska Event (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunguska_event) was caused by a meteor that was "a few tens of meters across" (30 meters ~ 100ft). It mentions that it could wipe out a large metro area, but the chances of one coming even close to a metro area are pretty small. :shrug:

Dave Lane
03-04-2009, 06:56 PM
As much as that one would suck, the real worrisome ones are 10-1000 times that size.

10 times that is game over. 20,000 is end of all life on earth time.

Dave

liljohn7
03-04-2009, 07:11 PM
10 times that is game over. 20,000 is end of all life on earth time.

Dave

Shit somebody is gonna have to rock me to sleep tonight.
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Hog Farmer
03-05-2009, 09:40 AM
An asteroid strike of this size in the right place COULD be a good thing. I'm thinking North Korea, Iran, Raider Stadium

Molitoth
03-05-2009, 09:52 AM
It was really just a transportation capsule for Superman. It's too bad it missed... this world needs a hero.

Otter
03-05-2009, 10:06 AM
And the ones that are large enough to be real threats are, thankfully, easier to spot.

Just out of curiosity - if we spotted a doomsday asteroid say 30 days prior to hitting the earth does anyone think there is anything we could realistically do to prevent a collision?

What else do we have in our defense except to try and hit it with a nuke? The reason we could stick a missile "up a camel's ass" is because of GPS systems. Anyone have faith they could achieve the same accuracy in the vast emptiness of space?

Personally I think if that card is ever dealt we all might as well have one big final blow out because it's "go" time.

Donger
03-05-2009, 10:08 AM
Just out of curiosity - if we spotted a doomsday asteroid say 30 days prior to hitting the earth does anyone think there is anything we could realistically do to prevent a collision?

No.

KCrockaholic
03-05-2009, 10:33 AM
theres not much we could do. But who knows what the government has up its sleeve. They know a whole lot more than we do...Like i said...were safe for another 3 years.

petegz28
03-05-2009, 10:35 AM
As much as that one would suck, the real worrisome ones are 10-1000 times that size.

Unless you live where that one eventually hits....:hmmm:

petegz28
03-05-2009, 10:36 AM
No.

Actually there are things we can do. The safest would be to pop off a nuke or two close to the asteroid so the shockwave alters the course.

Donger
03-05-2009, 10:38 AM
Actually there are things we can do. The safest would be to pop off a nuke or two close to the asteroid so the shockwave alters the course.

You may note he asked about realistic courses of action.

'Hamas' Jenkins
03-05-2009, 10:43 AM
Actually there are things we can do. The safest would be to pop off a nuke or two close to the asteroid so the shockwave alters the course.

The only realistic thing to do would be to find one far enough out that you could send a probe to that could attach itself and deploy a mylar chute large enough to alter its course by a couple thousandths of a degree

Brock
03-05-2009, 10:45 AM
I blame greenhouse gases.

Fish
03-05-2009, 10:51 AM
The Deathstar must be rebuilt!

Donger
03-05-2009, 10:52 AM
The only realistic thing to do would be to find one far enough out that you could send a probe to that could attach itself and deploy a mylar chute large enough to alter its course by a couple thousandths of a degree

Trade the solar sail for a few dozen rockets, and I'd agree.

Ecto-I
03-05-2009, 11:03 AM
This would suck...

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Donger
03-05-2009, 11:46 AM
This would suck...

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Indeed, that would suck. You would think that they could find better music to play for the end of the world.

blaise
03-05-2009, 12:02 PM
You know, the Space Shuttle should be equipped with much better and cooler lasers by now to handle this sort of thing. As it stands all it could do is wave some crappy little claw around in the air.

Hog Farmer
03-05-2009, 12:06 PM
We could ask Cassel to knock it from its orbit with a hail mary!

mikey23545
03-05-2009, 12:28 PM
We could ask Cassel to knock it from its orbit with a hail mary!

According to Mecca, only Sanchez has a big enough arm to do that.

blaise
03-05-2009, 12:33 PM
According to Mecca, only Sanchez has a big enough arm to do that.

Actually, Sanchez is such a charismatic leader he'll just tell the asteroid to go away, and it will.
Then Peter Carroll will hump him and jump around like a spaz.

redngold85
03-05-2009, 12:59 PM
scary

loochy
03-05-2009, 01:45 PM
Airwolf could be fitted to fly into space and destroy the asteroid. Then Jan Michael Vincent and Ernest Borgnine would be celebrated as worldwide heroes until the end of time.

blaise
03-05-2009, 01:49 PM
Airwolf could be fitted to fly into space and destroy the asteroid. Then Jan Michael Vincent and Ernest Borgnine would be celebrated as worldwide heroes until the end of time.

You're saying they're not now?

KCrockaholic
03-05-2009, 02:38 PM
This would suck...

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S*it!

That has happened atleast 6 times to earth?

were in trouble

Hog Farmer
03-05-2009, 02:52 PM
S*it!

That has happened atleast 6 times to earth?

were in trouble


Fuck, If this happened, we would'nt be able to watch the Chiefs play on TV !

38yrsfan
03-05-2009, 03:11 PM
Here's a neat site, nice info.

http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/

Ecto-I
03-05-2009, 03:14 PM
****, If this happened, we would'nt be able to watch the Chiefs play on TV !

Experts have predicted the odds of this happening in our lifetime is about the same as the Chiefs winning the Superbowl....

Bring back Herm!!!

loochy
03-05-2009, 04:00 PM
Experts have predicted the odds of this happening in our lifetime is about the same as the Chiefs winning the Superbowl....

Bring back Herm!!!

I'm torn between smiling and hanging my head in defeat.

SenselessChiefsFan
03-05-2009, 05:00 PM
Sanchez repelled it with a well placed out.

Not if the astroid was coming on the same day as the combine.....

SenselessChiefsFan
03-05-2009, 05:06 PM
It was really just a transportation capsule for Superman. It's too bad it missed... this world needs a hero.

LOL.

petegz28
03-05-2009, 09:26 PM
You may note he asked about realistic courses of action.

That is realistic. We have nukes, they produce shockwaves, the shockwaves nudge the asteroid. That is about the most realistic option we have at this point in time. I believe the technical term is a "standoff blast". Theory is it would deflect it a few cm in velocity. It is a scientific theory that NASA has already researched and pretty much said this is about the only way at this point.