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(Gizmodo)   What would actually happen if asteroid 2012 DA14 hit for real?   (gizmodo.com) divider line 29
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2013-02-15 10:07:24 AM
8 votes:
It'd be cool if we could throw some sort of ultra-strong chain around a passing asteroid.  Then it could pull the entire earth through space.  We could tour the universe and visit far away places like the moon without worrying about the intricacies of long-range space travel.  It'd be like an intergalactic hover-round carrying all the fat people of earth on incredible adventures.  Then, when we wanted to go a different direction, we could cut ties and lasso another passing asteroid.  Scientists are good with the details, but they can't see big picture stuff like I can.
2013-02-15 09:56:47 AM
6 votes:

Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo: It's only 150 feet across.  Yes, it's moving very fast, but unless it was a direct hit on a major city, the deaths probably wouldn't reach 100.


Any excuse to avoid talking about much-needed meteor control laws in this country.
2013-02-15 09:49:52 AM
5 votes:
Most people would disappear.  Those that were left would be normal humans and psychopathic, murderous, nutcases with a short life span.  The nutcases would soon die off and the normal humans would survive but have a strange affinity for vector-graphics video games like Tempest.
2013-02-15 10:34:00 AM
3 votes:

mortimer_ford: We need to put up a big sign.

2012 DA14 GO AWAY!


Or:

i49.tinypic.com
mjg
2013-02-15 09:54:03 AM
3 votes:
farm2.static.flickr.com
2013-02-15 09:49:50 AM
3 votes:
It would be like yesterday in Russia, but with more pizazz?
2013-02-15 10:38:27 AM
2 votes:
They say that a catastophic asteroid made the dinosaurs extinct.
They say it can happen again.

This, of course, is bullshiat.

There aren't any dinosaurs left. They are extinct.


/my logic saves the day
2013-02-15 10:20:43 AM
2 votes:
I don't know what would happen if it hit. I DO know what IS going to happen and I can't friggin wait.
collider.com
2013-02-15 09:58:23 AM
2 votes:
F'N global warming.
2013-02-15 09:58:07 AM
2 votes:
I'm certain that the cockroaches would survive. And my first wife.
2013-02-15 09:57:13 AM
2 votes:
Hopefully it would hit some terrible place like the Mideast, North Africa or Detroit.
2013-02-15 09:57:12 AM
2 votes:
Whoa whoa whoa...

2012 DA14 ?

Don't you see?! We were fools! We got it wrong! We didn't understand the Mayans message!

EVERYBODY PANIC
2013-02-15 12:04:02 PM
1 votes:
2.bp.blogspot.com
2013-02-15 11:43:36 AM
1 votes:
i.imgur.com
2013-02-15 11:23:51 AM
1 votes:

FuturePastNow: SpectroBoy: Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo: It's only 150 feet across.  Yes, it's moving very fast, but unless it was a direct hit on a major city, the deaths probably wouldn't reach 100.

Then again, the actual scientists (fta) said this:

This means that an asteroid like this would likely explode in the air, releasing the energy equivalent of about138 atomic bombs like the one that the Boeing B-29 SuperfortressEnola Gay dropped over Hiroshima on August 9, 1945

My guess is that if you explode the equivalent of 138 atomic bombs in ANY populated area, even a small town, deaths would be numerous.

About 70% of the Earth's surface is ocean, so any meteor that hits us is likely to hit water. If the meteor actually strikes the ocean surface, it would likely trigger a tsunami, but an airburst 8-10 KM over the ocean probably wouldn't do that. We tested nukes of similar power over the Pacific, with no ill-effects except irradiated islanders and fishermen.

Major cities really are very small targets.


You're forgetting city density.  All the buildings and material increase the gravity of a city, so the meteor would be pulled more strongly from that part of the world.  Why do you think all the movies show world shattering events happening in major cities?  It's not just the usual Hollywood arrogance than important things only happen in cities, it's actual science.
2013-02-15 10:47:57 AM
1 votes:

azazyel: I'm just waiting for Apophis to come.  Still have 16 years though.


Hopefully Jack O'Neil will save us.
2013-02-15 10:31:31 AM
1 votes:
We should put meteor free zone signs all over the places we don't want a meteor to fall on, then hastily push a meteor ban through congress.  Lets strike while the emotions are still raw!
2013-02-15 10:27:34 AM
1 votes:
img.photobucket.com
2013-02-15 10:19:41 AM
1 votes:
I'd look up all of those girls who promised me a chance if I were the last man on earth.
2013-02-15 10:17:48 AM
1 votes:
static01.mediaite.com

OBAAAAAMAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!
2013-02-15 10:10:35 AM
1 votes:

AnotherOldFart: [wemeantwell.com image 424x524]

How does showing a picture of a politician help?

2013-02-15 10:05:54 AM
1 votes:
Hopefully they would be able to expand the ship's hyperpace bubble around the entire asteroid and have it pass through the Earth instead.
2013-02-15 09:59:25 AM
1 votes:

jehovahs witness protection: Hopefully it would hit some terrible place like the Mideast, North Africa or Detroit.


If a meteor hit and devastated Detroit, how would any observe notice?

/I am, of course, not serious.
//The resulting improvement to the city would be immediately noticeable.
2013-02-15 09:56:55 AM
1 votes:

devilEther: they're downplaying this, if it hit it would split earth in two


How long have you had your GED in astrophysics?
2013-02-15 09:56:16 AM
1 votes:
i.imgur.com
2013-02-15 09:54:48 AM
1 votes:
Every radio station on the planet starts playing that shiatty Aerosmith song over and over again?
2013-02-15 09:54:14 AM
1 votes:
We need to put up a big sign.

2012 DA14 GO AWAY!
2013-02-15 09:52:25 AM
1 votes:
they're downplaying this, if it hit it would split earth in two
2013-02-15 09:49:50 AM
1 votes:
I'd run away.
 
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