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We're all gonna die!

by EdHannigan / March 4, 2009 10:24 PM PST

ou had a close encounter with a 40-yard-wide asteroid this week, but the astronomer who first spotted the large rock said it's nothing to worry about.
An asteroid (inside circle) passed within 38,000 miles of Earth on Monday.

Asteroid 2009 DD45 on Monday passed within 38,000 miles of Earth, less than twice the height of the geostationary satellites we depend on for communications, according to Robert McNaught of the Australian National University.

McNaught, who watches for asteroids with his telescope 250 miles northwest of Sydney, Australia, discovered the approaching rock last week.

"It's not something to worry about, but something to be aware of," he said.

While a direct hit on Earth could be a devastating natural disaster, McNaught said keeping track of asteroids can make a hit "potentially preventable."

"If discovered in advance and with enough lead time, there is the possibility of pushing it off course, if you have decades of advance warning," McNaught said. "If you have only a few days, you can evacuate the area of impact, but there's not a great deal [else] you can do."
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there's also a reference to one of these on National Geograp
by Ziks511 / March 4, 2009 10:42 PM PST
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ic's website.

When is a white knuckle flight not a white knuckle flight? When you find out about it after the fact. I'm glad I heard about it after the fact.


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what are they going to do
by James Denison / March 5, 2009 9:24 AM PST
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when some big asteroid hits the earth and it's not anything like the destruction they predicted?

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Why would it not be?
by EdHannigan / March 5, 2009 9:48 AM PST

Physics is physics. If a big asteroid hits the Earth, destruction will be cataclysmic.

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(NT) Right....whether we get hit with an astroid or not.
by JP Bill / March 5, 2009 10:10 AM PST
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Hercolubus: the planet of the end of the world
by Jordanah / September 17, 2009 10:01 PM PDT
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So, you're a believer then?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / September 17, 2009 10:09 PM PDT

And what is the orbit of this, "HERCOLUBUS" planet?

I seemed to have missed it somehow.


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Barnard's Star
by EdHannigan / September 17, 2009 10:47 PM PDT
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(NT) You see "The Fifth Element"?
by James Denison / September 17, 2009 10:18 PM PDT
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Something's missing
by Steven Haninger / September 18, 2009 5:33 AM PDT

It doesn't say where to send money to take advantage of his offer to save you. Wink

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