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(CNN)   Stealth asteroid nearly blindsides Earth   ( divider line
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16054 clicks; posted to Main » on 19 Mar 2002 at 10:49 AM (15 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2002-03-19 11:15:16 AM  
But the gravel would burn up on entry and lessen the sonic boom (if any), right.

I know that it is better to be able to watch these things instead of blowing them up and having to figure out where they are going to go. But if we know they are going to crash into us, we would be, get this, between a rock and a hard place.

*laughs so hard I pee my pants*
2002-03-19 11:15:32 AM  
03-19-02 11:09:56 AM WarmBeer
If this occurred over your town, you'd be a charcoal briquet.

Even as it flew over.

Remember that scene in "Deep Impact" when Tea' Leoni is getting it hard and fast up the.....I mean, when the comet chunk flies over the traffic jam?

All those people woulda been flash-fried as it passed over.
2002-03-19 11:15:47 AM  
Jimmycheese -- conservation of energy & momentum; unlike the movies, things just don't disappear. All that gravel, spread out over a large area, will still be carrying the velocity & force of the single asteroid (unfortunately, now with a greater surface area). Plus, some of it will have the added energy given to it by the nuclear weapon which broke it up -- none of it a good thing. Even if it's vaporized, the vapor will still have the mass & velocity of the asteroid (along with the added energy from the explosive).
2002-03-19 11:16:32 AM  
God has sent this fiery kill-rock to show us his love!
2002-03-19 11:17:30 AM  
if only the asteroids would use common sense out there.

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2002-03-19 11:21:04 AM  
What, no one could find this on Cosmiverse?
2002-03-19 11:21:09 AM  
The cause for all of this is Jesse Jackson. I dont know why or how, but he is involved somehow..... He and Strom Thurmond, and some random French person.
2002-03-19 11:21:31 AM  
Imagine what would have happened if a an asteroid hit the USA. GWB would say that is it was a nuke from North Korea and would start lobbing nukes at the axis E-ville.
2002-03-19 11:21:55 AM  
Yet another reason for the U.S. to maintain world hegemony. If we're all going to go up in flames, let's go up in flames as top dog.
2002-03-19 11:22:02 AM  
Kerouac : Stop saying that!
2002-03-19 11:22:59 AM  
Blind Spot?

Bumper Sticker on Earth reads...

If you can't see my mirrors then I can't see you.
2002-03-19 11:24:21 AM  
I love saying *hegemony*. More, I love being hegemonious.
2002-03-19 11:26:20 AM  
Perhaps it was aiming for Fb-, but couldn't confirm he actually lives in the Virgin Islands, so it decided to come around for another pass.
2002-03-19 11:29:10 AM  
I love saying *hegemony*. More, I love being hegemonious.

How about hedgehog?
2002-03-19 11:30:46 AM  
NASA only has $3,000,000 in total allotment to search for NEO. The US gov has spent vastly more money studying the effects of cow flatulence.

288,000 miles is REALLY close, space-wise.

"Damn, that thing will suck the paint off your house and give your family a permenant orange afro!"
2002-03-19 11:32:00 AM  
Marquis: now why would you go and say something like that? Would you really want the most powerful militia in the world being destroyed? Atleast, a large chunk of it?
2002-03-19 11:32:05 AM  
Today, scientists discovered a previously unknown asteroid that flew by the Earth, just beyond the moon's orbit. They also discovered, using powerful telescopes and many long island iced teas, that this article was a repeat.
2002-03-19 11:40:45 AM  
"If one comes from the direction of the sun, we're not going to see it," Williams said.

Anyone else get the feeling the sun is trying to kill us?
2002-03-19 11:43:22 AM  
"The odds of a collision are currently 1 in 10 million and could become even more remote with more refined calculations."
What does this mean? 1 in 10,000,000 whats? Years? Asteroids? Seconds?
Gotta love reporting.

They're talking about ODDS. It isn't 1 in 10 million ANYTHING. Just 1 in 10 million. If you roll a six-sided die, the odds are one in six that you will roll a three. (expressed as 1:6)

Not that I'm Mr. Vegas or anything, just wanted to point that out. I agree there is a lot of bad reporting around, (just take a look at AP's butchery of the English language on any given day) but CNN is almost always on the ball.

Enough babbling from me. Time for more caffeine.

Zombie Zero
2002-03-19 11:44:27 AM  
We could always launch Jacko at it. His face can crumble anti-matter.
2002-03-19 11:46:05 AM  
A few years? 1908, Tunguska Siberia. Took out over 200 square miles of forest.

Blowing one up only only creates a massive cloud of debris and could cause more damage than the intial rock but the reason one won't get blown apart is because a large nuke is the only thing that would work and the space treaties prohibit launching and/or detonating nukes in space. Came from the cold war to prevent misunderstandings about launches. By the time the details were worked out to actually shoot at an incoming rock, the impact would have been ancient history.

"Lucifer's Hammer" Pournelle and Niven. Comet strikes earth. Pournelle puts a surfer on the face of the 1,000' tsunami several miles inland. Niven puts the 50 story building in the surfer's way.
2002-03-19 11:47:40 AM  
Primelord: All news is useless.
2002-03-19 11:48:26 AM  
"If one comes from the direction of the sun, we're not going to see it," Williams said.

so what they're saying is ... we can't get a pair of sun glassees?
2002-03-19 11:48:59 AM  
JerseyTim:I can't believe Cosmiverse didn't break this story.

I read the story about 2-3 days ago on an astronomy site ( This must have been the first break CNN had from all of the nonsense they normally spew.
2002-03-19 11:52:00 AM  
for the next time an asteroid comes close...

heaven's gate
2002-03-19 11:52:00 AM  
BoCoMoFo:BTW, could someone please tell me how to post a link that can just be clicked on? Puh-leeze? :)

Sure. If you're using IE, just do , then select "Source". You'll have plenty of examples on how to create a clickable link. :)
2002-03-19 11:52:54 AM  
Duh...forgot that the brackets get stripped. Okay, Alt-V, then "source". Ugh.
2002-03-19 11:53:19 AM
2002-03-19 11:56:12 AM  
Or, check "Do not interpret HTML" on a thread with clickable links. the HTML code shows up in green.
2002-03-19 11:58:50 AM  
Was it shaped like Larry King?
2002-03-19 12:00:28 PM  
and if it crushed a -population- like atlanta, would anyone care?
2002-03-19 12:02:21 PM  
That is fairly close to where the moon hangs out.

It'd be pretty cool to see something like that hit the moon... not to mention promoting astronomical awareness amongst the earthlings.
2002-03-19 12:05:05 PM  
i'm glad we weren't killed off, i still haven't used up my "lucky numbers" from my last fortune cookie.
2002-03-19 12:13:50 PM  
Warning! Objects in mirror appear closer than they are.
These asteroids have been a menace for billions of years. They must be stopped! Have we not suffered long enough?
2002-03-19 12:14:58 PM  
Momma always told me not to look into the eyes of the sun. But Momma, that's where the fun is.
2002-03-19 12:17:58 PM  

If you all are nervous over a near miss, what will you be like when the Volgons come to build the interstellar highway ?

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Earth: mostly harmless.

2002-03-19 12:20:35 PM  
*Had to be done*

"Do you got asteroids?"

"No,but my dad's got them so bad,he can hardly sit on the toilet!"
2002-03-19 12:23:42 PM  
No one give a fark about Grand Rapids.
Fark a Duckk
2002-03-19 12:24:57 PM  
Whew, that was close.

Will somebody please post, in advance, when the unknown killer asteroid will hit us? There is a woman I'm in love with, and I want to tell her before we all cross over.

Ten minutes before impact should be fine. I hope she won't be on the phone.
2002-03-19 12:26:22 PM  
finally. someone found a solution to the problems in the middle-east.
2002-03-19 12:33:57 PM  
This asteroid could have been the instant solution to all the problems in all of our lives. Shame.
2002-03-19 12:37:04 PM  
Okay, everyone in the northern hemisphere, DUCK!!!
2002-03-19 12:51:55 PM  

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2002-03-19 12:53:27 PM  
Fb- what a shame we could be with our 70 virgins right now.

i'd probably be doing number 35 by now.
2002-03-19 12:59:24 PM  
Guess we won't be needing these guys:

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2002-03-19 01:18:36 PM  
We're all going to die!
re-elect me and I'll stop this grave threat to humanity.
2002-03-19 01:28:25 PM  
Bullcrap on the stealth. They are going to let one of these smaller ones hit us so they can get more funding.
2002-03-19 01:29:25 PM  
YA YA.. anyone who reads knows this is gonna happen.
In the next 3 million years the earth will be hit and all life will be destroyed. The earth goes through this pocket of asteroids every 30,000,000 years and it decimates everything. We are within the time + or - 3 million years earth should get hit.
Expect a lot of these stories.
2002-03-19 01:36:39 PM  
"If it were over a populated area, like Atlanta, it would have basically flattened it,"

ya think?

if it hits anywhere, we're all farked
2002-03-19 01:37:56 PM  
I was wondering- are there more of these, or are we just better at spotting them? I recall several similar stories in the past year or so. Of course, apparently we haven't gotten that good at spotting them.
Maybe the Bugs are throwing rocks at us?
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