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(Network World)   Buzz cut: NASA says Feb. 15 asteroid fly-by will whiz-by Earth closer than many satellites   (networkworld.com) divider line 25
    More: Interesting, NASA, Earth, near earth objects, geosynchronous satellite, sky survey, asteroids, satellites, Earth Orbit  
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2013-01-31 10:18:44 AM  
Yawn. Call me when one of those farkers is gonna hit.
 
2013-01-31 10:29:49 AM  
Is it wrong I kind of hope it manages to whack a sat or two on its way through?  We can see which space agencies suck at asteroid avoidance.
 
2013-01-31 10:43:39 AM  
Looks like my wish list of people I want to be hit by a meteor is not going to be fulfilled this time.
 
2013-01-31 10:56:57 AM  
Would be really cool if we could send something up there to snag that thing.
 
2013-01-31 11:40:12 AM  
The planet is in dire need of a worldwide, coordinated effort to find and track all asteroids that cross Earth's orbit.
 
2013-01-31 11:41:02 AM  
Isn't it sort of burying the lede?

I found the news that there are plans to send swarms of 55lb miner probes/drones to look for near earth exploitable resources, and bring back samples, much more interesting than a near miss by a big metor.

/should have been its own story, instead of 'in other asteroid related news'
 
2013-01-31 11:47:33 AM  
Time for sorcery and super science!
 
2013-01-31 12:09:59 PM  
I think Sirius XM needs to get knocked down a peg by this... chances are it will hit GOES tho.
 
2013-01-31 03:11:21 PM  
Yawn. Call me when one of those farkers is gonna hit.

Are you going to get your crew together, break into the Smithsonian to steal a decommissioned space shuttle and fly out to intercept it on a potential suicide mission?
 
2013-01-31 04:09:55 PM  

Vlad_the_Inaner: Isn't it sort of burying the lede?

I found the news that there are plans to send swarms of 55lb miner probes/drones to look for near earth exploitable resources, and bring back samples, much more interesting than a near miss by a big metor.

/should have been its own story, instead of 'in other asteroid related news'


It was. A week or 2 ago.

/lots of reminders to LEAVE THE EGGS THERE.
 
2013-01-31 04:19:32 PM  
1 year ago: will miss by 32000 miles

2 months ago: will miss by 24000 miles

1 month ago: will miss by 20,000 miles

1 week ago: will miss by 17,000 miles

today: will miss by 14000 miles*

better watch the sky on Feb 15th is all Im going to say.

* source:  http://planetsave.com/2013/01/31/asteroid-2012-da14-will-just-barely- m iss-the-earth-on-february-15th-destructive-potential-of-an-h-bomb/
 
2013-01-31 04:45:34 PM  
We don't detect some of them until they have already shot past the Earth. We'd be screwed, if space weren't so friggin' big and empty.

Here's a list of greatest hits.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_impact_craters_on_Earth

Some of the craters are hundreds of miles across, and the impacts would have made Tunguska look like a mass sponge migration.
 
2013-01-31 05:03:20 PM  
qorkfiend

The planet is in dire need of a worldwide, coordinated effort to find and track all asteroids that cross Earth's orbit.

Why? Not one nation -that i'm aware of- on this Rock has the ability to break LEO with anything substantial enough to stop one.
 
2013-01-31 05:40:08 PM  

OrbitalFerret: We don't detect some of them until they have already shot past the Earth. We'd be screwed, if space weren't so friggin' big and empty.

Here's a list of greatest hits.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_impact_craters_on_Earth

Some of the craters are hundreds of miles across, and the impacts would have made Tunguska look like a mass sponge migration.



Huh...if I had ever learned/been told about the Chesapeake Bay (crater), I had forgotten.
 
2013-01-31 06:14:17 PM  
I'm gonna climb a tall hill and see if I can grab off a chunk as it goes by.
 
2013-01-31 08:23:59 PM  

qorkfiend: The planet is in dire need of a worldwide, coordinated effort to find and track all asteroids that cross Earth's orbit.


i was pretty sure we already did that. guess not.

at least some small cult somewhere will get to get whisked away to some paradise planet after their many years of hard manual labor and non-standard sexual practices.
 
2013-01-31 08:52:25 PM  

SpdrJay: I'm gonna climb a tall hill and see if I can grab off a chunk as it goes by.


It shouldn't be any larger than a chihuahua's head
 
2013-01-31 09:06:53 PM  
i.huffpost.com

Closet approach is predicted to be roughly two earth diameters away.

/ Zing!
 
2013-01-31 11:29:10 PM  
www.blackgate.com
 
2013-02-01 12:36:20 AM  
Duck's eye view of an Internet meme.
 
2013-02-01 12:55:02 AM  

OnlyM3: qorkfiend

The planet is in dire need of a worldwide, coordinated effort to find and track all asteroids that cross Earth's orbit.
Why? Not one nation -that i'm aware of- on this Rock has the ability to break LEO with anything substantial enough to stop one.


You don't need to stop, only alter its path ever-so [in space terms] slightly. And there are lots of ways to do that if you spot them early enough.
 
2013-02-01 07:42:41 PM  
BEST KOREA NOT AFRAID! WEATHER SATELLITE TOO FAST FOR SPACE ROCKS!
 
2013-02-02 01:26:56 PM  
24.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-02-02 01:43:13 PM  
Time for Mav to buzz the tower, I guess.
 
2013-02-02 01:47:29 PM  
The rock is only about 50 m in diameter.

If something that size were to hit the Earth, we'd get a new crater and some fantastic YouTube videos, but we wouldn't get extinct.  Not big enough.

If you can't visualize how big 50 m diameter is, that's just slightly smaller than your mom.
 
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