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Old 06-03-2013, 05:32 PM  
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Deadly Gamma Ray Burst headed our way from Rogue star , Could wipe out 1/4 of our ozo

Potentially lethal gamma-ray burst from star WR 104 could reach earth
Published May 28, 2013

Earth may lie in the path of a dangerous gamma-ray burst that could wipe out a quarter of our atmospheric ozone.

Astronomers say WR 104, a Wolf-Rayet star about 8,000 light years away, could go supernova any day, which would generate gamma-rays that could reach earth.


'You would first notice a 10-second blue flash in the upper atmosphere, but then the damage would be done.'
- University of Kansas physicist Adrian Melott

"We could see it go supernova anywhere from tomorrow to 500,000 years from now," astronomer Grant Hill told Forbes. "For all intents and purposes, the gamma-ray burst and optical photons from the supernova would arrive simultaneously."Gamma-ray bursts are triggered by supernovae, or exploding stars.

There has been much debate over whether a gamma-ray burst from WR 104 would reach earth, but Dr Hill said it depended on the star's rotation.

"If you look at WR 104 and the image of its pinwheel, it really is a visceral and powerful argument that the thing is face on with an inclination of zero," Dr Hill said. This would mean earth was directly in the line of fire from the star.

University of Kansas physicist Adrian Melott told Forbes such a gamma-ray burst would cause a 50 percent increase in UVB radiation.
"You would first notice a 10-second blue flash in the upper atmosphere, but then the damage would be done," he said.

WR 104 was discovered by University of Sydney astronomer Peter Tuthill in 1998.





We are gonna be totally toasted . I wouldn't plan on it happening in 500,000 years . You should go underground NOW !
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Old 06-03-2013, 06:08 PM   #16
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It probably already has.
We would have seen it. Duh.
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Old 06-03-2013, 06:09 PM   #17
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Can we some how find a way to concentrate the burst towards Florida?
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Old 06-03-2013, 06:14 PM   #18
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" tomorrow to 500,000 years from now"

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Old 06-03-2013, 06:15 PM   #19
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Old 06-03-2013, 06:18 PM   #20
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Old 06-03-2013, 07:09 PM   #23
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We should look to immediately start building up the CO2 in our atmosphere as a protective layer for when we lose the rest of the ozone!
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Old 06-03-2013, 07:29 PM   #25
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" tomorrow to 500,000 years from now"

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So really he's talking about the near future. Make plans for the apocalypse now MUTHA****AS.
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Old 06-03-2013, 07:35 PM   #26
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See...this is where those biblical doom prophets (Harold Camping?) go wrong.......they always give an exact date.

I mean, c'mon.....with 500,000 years as your window of opportunity.......people will really have to go the extra mile to call you out if it doesnt happen!
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See...this is where those biblical doom prophets (Harold Camping?) go wrong.......they always give an exact date.

I mean, c'mon.....with 500,000 years as your window of opportunity.......people will really have to go the extra mile to call you out if it doesnt happen!
Too vague to discredit, but precise enough to apply for government funding. Who says our educational system doesn't produce smart people?
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Old 06-03-2013, 07:49 PM   #28
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..."For all intents and purposes,"...
I believe it is "for all intensive purposes"
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Sure glad we banned CFCs since an interstellar fart can wipe out more ozone than all the Aquanet in Jersey could ever hope to.
I ****ing LOLLED over this comment.

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Old 06-03-2013, 07:52 PM   #30
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Can we get that Dave scientist guy in here? I don't know much about science, but how fast do gamma rays and optical photons travel? Faster than the speed of light? Cause the planet is 8,000 light years away.
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