It's Coming Right At Us!!

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  1. Julie K

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    It's 2 km wide, traveling fast enough to destroy a continent and trigger global climate changes, and will hit us in February 2019.
    Too bad we don't have an aggressive space program, isn't it?
    This is the most threatening object so far detected. However, future observations will almost assuredly reduce the uncertainties in the orbit and the object will pass a comfortable distance away from us. But there will be a day when observations reduce the orbital uncertainties to the point where we can say an object will hit us.
    Too bad we don't care enough to do anything about it.
     
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    Ah, but we'll be long gone by 2054 if this thing hits us [​IMG]
     
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    Exactly what I was joking about yesterday, then they release this story.

    It is kind of scary knowing we only have a small percentage of the sky charted as far as objects like this are concerned.

    Discovery did a few shows on this, and compared it to driving a car down numerous intersections in a row, that had no stop lights and heavy traffic crossing.
     
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    This is interesting. It is about the same size as the comet that hit Earth in Deep Impact. An object of that magnitude would have wiped out all the people along the eastern seaboard (the ones that were running away from the approaching tsunami). There was a website devoted to this very topic. They used a supercomputer to calculate what would really happen in the Deep Impact scenario. A shockwave would spread out from the impact causing a ripple of 3 meters in the land (ground) itself.
     
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    The odds for this "Coming right at us!!" asteroid:

    "this asteroid has been given a 0.06 on the Palermo technical scale, which means it shouldn't bump getting run over by a llama off your list of worries."

    Taken from Slashdot. I guess I wouldn't worry about this one. I have to say that I am in agreement with others...we need to invest more money on this scenario and how to combat it if it does come to pass.
     
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    Everyone should know it's actually Bloop's mothership.
     
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    It is scary that our governments, especially ours, doesnt spend more money on our space programs in case something like this asteroid is coming at us.

    There have been a couple of ELE comets that we think have hit earth and some people say that one object hitting us possibly made the moon (anyone with info on this I would love to read about it more).

    I am all in for giving taxes straight to the space program.

    KyleS
     
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    You are basing your argument on a false assumption. There is not a "save humanity" fund that either goes to climate research or to NEO efforts. Money spent on climate research comes from different sources than the money that goes to NEO research.

    The problem is much larger than just whether or not we are looking for NEOs (although that would be a good place to start!) What point is there seeing something coming if we lack the capability to do anything about it? We need to do a great deal more than just look for NEOS if we are going to ever be able to do something about a potential "Dinosaur killer" coming our way.
     
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    You might as well argue that we should stop spending money on HDTV, and instead give it all to NEO research. After all, what is more important, HDTV or the survival of mankind? There are something like 2 million HDTV sets in the US today, that's about $4 billion worth of equipment. What if we had given all that to NEO instead?

    /Mike
     
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    There is a simple and unavoidable truth - pollution is bad; anything which reduces pollution is good. It's not meant to sound like a lecture, folks, but the USA is an appalling energy-waster (with, before anyone says it, the UK et al not far behind), which means that a lot of utterly unecessary waste is being produced by power stations, etc, to satisfy a spiralling and largely illogical and selfish consumer demand. Even if you don't believe in global warming (and I personally think it's been over-hyped), that doesn't stop pollution being a bad thing, especially when a lot of it (excess packaging, gas-guzzling autos, dumbass over-use of electrical gadgets) is avoidable without anyone's basic quality of life being affected (and the first jackass who replies 'hey, buddy, I couldn't live without my 4000 litre 2 billion horsepower sports car' proves my point).

    The asteroid scare is probably just a scare, but if not, we have plenty of time in which to find a solution. I'm not going to lose any sleep over it.
     
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    Come on folks. Let's not turn this into a political thread, or even one about pollution.

    It's about the very real hazards of near earth objects. It may be that we don't have plenty of time to do something about it. And how can we do "something" if we have a grounded space program?
     
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    Just in case the lock does come crashing down upon us, sorry for redirecting the thread. I didn't mean to start a political or environmental debate, I was simply attempting to point out how little is spent in regards to NEOs!

    Micke - thanks, but I think I would rather die in the incredible explosion, shock wave or firestorm, all while enjoying HD programming!
     
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    Please, let's not derail Julie's thread with irrelevant commentary on political hot potatoes.

     
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    To put it in a bigger perspective... so what? So what if 2 billion people die and civilization is wiped out? Yeah it'll be horrible, but it's nature. There are some things we can't change, and maybe this is one of them.

    It's not like we're bringing this on through some behavior of ours (like the aforementioned pollution or terrorism, two things that we can and SHOULD stop). Of course I want scientists and others to find a way to reduce risks and minimize damage, but if that doesn't happen... well... for those who'll survive, life will go on. It always does. For those who die... it's a natural death. Things like this WILL happen.

    It's like when you're on a camping trip, a hike or something, things that seem so important when you're home are all of a sudden a memory at best, and don't matter anymore. Humans are amazingly adaptable. We as a race managed to live for thousands of years without our modern lifestyle, and we're still basically the same. We can do it again.

    I guess it just gives me a certain calmness to know that even a distaster like this, humanity will survive in one form or another.

    /Mike
     
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