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(Mercury News)   Meteor seen in California skies. EVERYBODY PANIC   (mercurynews.com) divider line 35
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2013-02-16 10:34:57 AM  
3 votes:

Jarhead_h: Tyrone Slothrop: AverageAmericanGuy: The end times are here! Repent!
The end is nigh! Believe in Jesus and
Be spared the death and sorrow of
The Tribulation!
God loves you.
Won't you love Him?
Or will you die and burn in Hell?

Any being that sends people to hell isn't worthy of being loved.

To be fair, you(yes you specifically) won't be sent so much, more like left there.  Hell is described as a lake of fire and utter and complete blackness where everyone is alone together - outer space with all the radiant energy turned off is the only possible match for that description.  A place where the creator has cut off from His own presence.  Plus, you made it clear with this life that you wanted nothing to do with Him, so he's giving you exactly what you asked for, nothing to do with Him, the creation He powers, etc.  After your judgment, you'll be free of him entirely in your post-resurrection body which doesn't age or break, of course it'll be so cold that fluid boils and no light at all, so there's that.  Enjoy.


It's so precious that some people think they have any idea what happens to a person after they die.

Quite the imagination you have.
2013-02-16 09:30:53 AM  
3 votes:
Oh for farks sake.  Get ready for a week or so of non-stop news stories about people recording meteors with their phones.   Here's a hint - go in your backyard late at night, look up for a while, you'll probably see one. At least one or twice per week if you're lucky,
2013-02-16 11:16:03 AM  
2 votes:

Just Another OC Homeless Guy: A really big-ass asteroid, let's say twice the size of the one in the Armageddon movie ("It's the size of Texas, Mr. President."), but more spherical, does a really close fly-by of the Earth, a very close tangent, but is moving relatively slowly (but not slowly enough for Earth's gravity to capture it). It is moving slowly enough that most kinetic energy effects are avoided. It grazes to tippy-top (say the top 3000 feet) of Mt. Everest and then departs back into the Oort Cloud. What would be the results?

Fark physicists, real and GED versions, please reply.


Others have pointed out that we'd basically be boned in such a situation and that the scenario you describe would be rather implausible.

/does research on meteorites, but mostly relating to noble gas composition and not earth-shattering kabooms
2013-02-16 11:03:35 AM  
2 votes:

Just Another OC Homeless Guy: One fun idea, just to see atheist heads explode, would be to fund the research to do a gigantic hoax, where a ginormous hologram of the Four Horseman would flash across the skies. Or maybe just a giant eyeball, or even an entire "old bearded white guy" face, looking down, frowning.


Surely, you meant theist heads exploding? I'd think most atheists would view it skeptically and try to explain it rationally, and would likely see through the hoax; it's the magic-believers who would unquestionably accept it for what you purport it to be, and therefore would shiat themselves in either fear or delight...
2013-02-16 10:29:03 AM  
2 votes:
imgs.xkcd.com
/the new oblig?
2013-02-16 09:38:59 AM  
2 votes:

rev. dave: So Cuba, Russia, and now California.   It suggests the asteroid had a few fragments travelling with it that we did not see.


No, not really.  Those were not related to 2012 DA14.  Even ignoring the vast distance between DA14 and those other events, the one in Russia was traveling in a completely different direction.

Anyone who has ever been camping and looked at the sky for more than a few minutes can tell you that shooting stars (aka meteors) are a very common event.  As in, thousands per year of various sizes hit the Earth.  The fact that a few of notable size happened to hit our atmosphere within a day or two of each other is an inevitable statistical anomaly, and not a particularly unlikely one at that.
2013-02-16 09:24:54 AM  
2 votes:
So Cuba, Russia, and now California.   It suggests the asteroid had a few fragments travelling with it that we did not see.
2013-02-16 09:24:05 AM  
2 votes:
Aren't meteors common? Isn't that what a shooting star is? Are people just finally looking up from their phones?
2013-02-16 02:08:28 PM  
1 votes:

Kevin72: A lot more than two.

It's 3. They've been embargoing the news of the Cuban one.


3 is not "a lot more than two". It's about as little more-than-two as you can be. Keep counting...

i.imgur.com
2013-02-16 01:41:34 PM  
1 votes:
It is moving slowly enough that most kinetic energy effects are avoided.

If you plan on writing a story about something like this, you may want to learn more about gravity and Roche's Limit.
2013-02-16 01:25:35 PM  
1 votes:

Just Another OC Homeless Guy: MarkEC: Deep Contact: It looked to slow to be a meteor.

What is the minimum speed for a meteor? I would think that one traveling in the same direction as the Earth in an elliptical orbit would tend to be a lot slower than the one in Russia. It probably has a lot to do with whether is breaks up or not too.

I've been toying with an idea for a story, but don't know if this is really possibly. Fark Advice, please.

A really big-ass asteroid, let's say twice the size of the one in the Armageddon movie ("It's the size of Texas, Mr. President."), but more spherical, does a really close fly-by of the Earth, a very close tangent, but is moving relatively slowly (but not slowly enough for Earth's gravity to capture it). It is moving slowly enough that most kinetic energy effects are avoided. It grazes to tippy-top (say the top 3000 feet) of Mt. Everest  and then departs back into the Oort Cloud. What would be the results?

Fark physicists, real and GED versions, please reply.


Serious question: did you pay any attention in school after 3rd grade?
2013-02-16 12:44:55 PM  
1 votes:
FTFA:   indicated the object that flashed across the horizon around 7:45 p.m. was blue in color


farm4.static.flickr.com
2013-02-16 12:17:43 PM  
1 votes:

garkola: How many earth hits does it take before "scientists" start saying "maybe we're inside a previously unknown meteor swarm" instead of "it must be a coincidence."


A lot more than two.
2013-02-16 12:10:43 PM  
1 votes:
How many earth hits does it take before "scientists" start saying "maybe we're inside a previously unknown meteor swarm" instead of "it must be a coincidence."
2013-02-16 12:06:58 PM  
1 votes:

Oldiron_79: War after war and rumors of war from the east, fire and brimstone from the sky, talk of rfid implants that will be necessary in order to buy and sell if the makers get thier way. That religion thing is sounding a lot less fake than it used to.


Well, I take comfort in the fact that you paranoid jesusy tards will get a comet applied directly to forehead,
2013-02-16 12:02:26 PM  
1 votes:

AverageAmericanGuy: The end times are here! Repent!
The end is nigh! Believe in Jesus and
Be spared the death and sorrow of
The Tribulation!
God loves you.
Won't you love Him?
Or will you die and burn in Hell?


My biggest regret, upon discovering the world ending will be that I didn't do enough to crush religion and make fundamentalists feel bad about themselves/cry more.

Ill take hell over you smarmy Jesus farks.
2013-02-16 11:21:56 AM  
1 votes:

Oldiron_79: War after war and rumors of war from the east, fire and brimstone from the sky, talk of rfid implants that will be necessary in order to buy and sell if the makers get thier way. That religion thing is sounding a lot less fake than it used to.


Idiot.
2013-02-16 11:16:08 AM  
1 votes:

Just Another OC Homeless Guy: MarkEC: Deep Contact: It looked to slow to be a meteor.

What is the minimum speed for a meteor? I would think that one traveling in the same direction as the Earth in an elliptical orbit would tend to be a lot slower than the one in Russia. It probably has a lot to do with whether is breaks up or not too.

I've been toying with an idea for a story, but don't know if this is really possibly. Fark Advice, please.

A really big-ass asteroid, let's say twice the size of the one in the Armageddon movie ("It's the size of Texas, Mr. President."), but more spherical, does a really close fly-by of the Earth, a very close tangent, but is moving relatively slowly (but not slowly enough for Earth's gravity to capture it). It is moving slowly enough that most kinetic energy effects are avoided. It grazes to tippy-top (say the top 3000 feet) of Mt. Everest  and then departs back into the Oort Cloud. What would be the results?

Fark physicists, real and GED versions, please reply.



If it is from the Oort cloud, we are talking about a comet, rather than an asterod, so more of a dirty snowmall, or an icy dirtball depending on the type.  Also, people really underestimate how much rocks weigh.  Halley's comet, only 15x8x8 kilometers (nowhere near the "size of texas" you were talking about) weighs 3x1014 kgs, or approximately 300 billion tons.  Also, thanks to orbital mechanics, if it comes anywhere near the surface (depending on the speed), the orbit will almost certainly pass through the earth, or in other words, Boom.

There may be a few very specific cases where the orbit just barely misses, but with something that size the tides and air compression will make it a very bad day here on earth.  Not to mention getting that close to the nucleus means lots of surface material will still strike the earth anyway.
2013-02-16 10:36:18 AM  
1 votes:

SirLothar: Just Another OC Homeless Guy: MarkEC: Deep Contact: It looked to slow to be a meteor.

What is the minimum speed for a meteor? I would think that one traveling in the same direction as the Earth in an elliptical orbit would tend to be a lot slower than the one in Russia. It probably has a lot to do with whether is breaks up or not too.

I've been toying with an idea for a story, but don't know if this is really possibly. Fark Advice, please.

A really big-ass asteroid, let's say twice the size of the one in the Armageddon movie ("It's the size of Texas, Mr. President."), but more spherical, does a really close fly-by of the Earth, a very close tangent, but is moving relatively slowly (but not slowly enough for Earth's gravity to capture it). It is moving slowly enough that most kinetic energy effects are avoided. It grazes to tippy-top (say the top 3000 feet) of Mt. Everest  and then departs back into the Oort Cloud. What would be the results?

Fark physicists, real and GED versions, please reply.

If any space rock makes it past about 100 miles(?) in to the atmosphere, it doesn't graze off. It's coming in all the way. At 3000 feet above sea level, catastrophic damage has already been done and that doesn't include the impact...yet.


Yeah pretty much any loose piece of rock on it is going to come crashing down on us.
2013-02-16 10:34:44 AM  
1 votes:

SirLothar: Just Another OC Homeless Guy: MarkEC: Deep Contact: It looked to slow to be a meteor.

What is the minimum speed for a meteor? I would think that one traveling in the same direction as the Earth in an elliptical orbit would tend to be a lot slower than the one in Russia. It probably has a lot to do with whether is breaks up or not too.

I've been toying with an idea for a story, but don't know if this is really possibly. Fark Advice, please.

A really big-ass asteroid, let's say twice the size of the one in the Armageddon movie ("It's the size of Texas, Mr. President."), but more spherical, does a really close fly-by of the Earth, a very close tangent, but is moving relatively slowly (but not slowly enough for Earth's gravity to capture it). It is moving slowly enough that most kinetic energy effects are avoided. It grazes to tippy-top (say the top 3000 feet) of Mt. Everest  and then departs back into the Oort Cloud. What would be the results?

Fark physicists, real and GED versions, please reply.

If any space rock makes it past about 100 miles(?) in to the atmosphere, it doesn't graze off. It's coming in all the way. At 3000 feet above sea level, catastrophic damage has already been done and that doesn't include the impact...yet.


In fact, something that size would go through the atmosphere like it wasn't even there. Friction and drag would have zero effect on its speed. It would retain all of its cosmic velocity and impact at whatever speed it was doing outside the atmosphere.  World-ender.
2013-02-16 10:34:39 AM  
1 votes:

Just Another OC Homeless Guy: MarkEC: Deep Contact: It looked to slow to be a meteor.

What is the minimum speed for a meteor? I would think that one traveling in the same direction as the Earth in an elliptical orbit would tend to be a lot slower than the one in Russia. It probably has a lot to do with whether is breaks up or not too.

I've been toying with an idea for a story, but don't know if this is really possibly. Fark Advice, please.

A really big-ass asteroid, let's say twice the size of the one in the Armageddon movie ("It's the size of Texas, Mr. President."), but more spherical, does a really close fly-by of the Earth, a very close tangent, but is moving relatively slowly (but not slowly enough for Earth's gravity to capture it). It is moving slowly enough that most kinetic energy effects are avoided. It grazes to tippy-top (say the top 3000 feet) of Mt. Everest  and then departs back into the Oort Cloud. What would be the results?

Fark physicists, real and GED versions, please reply.


My non Physicist quick take - assuming everything else you said is ok, the rock wouldn't have the energy to get back out of the atmosphere after grazing Everest (which is near enough ground level for something that size as to make no diff)
2013-02-16 10:30:53 AM  
1 votes:

Just Another OC Homeless Guy: MarkEC: Deep Contact: It looked to slow to be a meteor.

What is the minimum speed for a meteor? I would think that one traveling in the same direction as the Earth in an elliptical orbit would tend to be a lot slower than the one in Russia. It probably has a lot to do with whether is breaks up or not too.

I've been toying with an idea for a story, but don't know if this is really possibly. Fark Advice, please.

A really big-ass asteroid, let's say twice the size of the one in the Armageddon movie ("It's the size of Texas, Mr. President."), but more spherical, does a really close fly-by of the Earth, a very close tangent, but is moving relatively slowly (but not slowly enough for Earth's gravity to capture it). It is moving slowly enough that most kinetic energy effects are avoided. It grazes to tippy-top (say the top 3000 feet) of Mt. Everest  and then departs back into the Oort Cloud. What would be the results?

Fark physicists, real and GED versions, please reply.


If any space rock makes it past about 100 miles(?) in to the atmosphere, it doesn't graze off. It's coming in all the way. At 3000 feet above sea level, catastrophic damage has already been done and that doesn't include the impact...yet.
2013-02-16 09:45:09 AM  
1 votes:

rev. dave: GRCooper: rev. dave: So Cuba, Russia, and now California.   It suggests the asteroid had a few fragments travelling with it that we did not see.

Not even remotely does it suggedt that.

/hint; the Earth is moving very very fast

Yes I know that.  But I had to take some artistic license with the facts...


Nah, you wiped your ass with the facts :)

Those rocks were millions of kilometers apart. It's like driving nonstop up I95, getting bird shiat on your car in DC, Philly and NYC and not only assuming it was from the same bird, but from the same bowel movement

/do birds have bowels?
//yeah, I need to hit the can
///I mean, I really need to take the Browns to the Superbowl. Now.
2013-02-16 09:34:24 AM  
1 votes:

Marshmallow Jones: Oh for farks sake.  Get ready for a week or so of non-stop news stories about people recording meteors with their phones.   Here's a hint - go in your backyard late at night, look up for a while, you'll probably see one. At least one or twice per week if you're lucky,


Getting people to look up from their iPhones?

IT'S A MIRACLE!
2013-02-16 09:32:22 AM  
1 votes:

GilRuiz1: Let's burn down the observatory so this never happens again!
[download.lardlad.com image 320x240]


Nightfall (Asimov short story and novel)
2013-02-16 09:31:58 AM  
1 votes:

rev. dave: So Cuba, Russia, and now California.   It suggests the asteroid had a few fragments travelling with it that we did not see.


Not even remotely does it suggedt that.

/hint; the Earth is moving very very fast
2013-02-16 09:30:13 AM  
1 votes:

WordsnCollision: Ima4nic8or: You have to approach any story coming from the Murky News with some skepticism.

www.wingedmessenger.net

If one of those hit Cuba, how could you tell?
2013-02-16 09:25:41 AM  
1 votes:

Tyrone Slothrop: Any being that sends people to hell isn't worthy of being loved.


 I disagree. You deserve to be loved. Don't sell yourself so short.
2013-02-16 09:25:28 AM  
1 votes:

Tyrone Slothrop: Any being that sends people to hell isn't worthy of being loved.


I'm sure the unrepentant murderers, rapists and the violent of history appreciate your support.
We do reap what we sow. Thank God for that free will you have, however, how you use it is on you.
2013-02-16 09:19:32 AM  
1 votes:

Mock26: Thank you, Bruce Willis, for saving us yet again!


Curse you, Bruce Willis, for saving them yet again!
2013-02-16 09:18:35 AM  
1 votes:
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Was it this guy?
2013-02-16 09:13:36 AM  
1 votes:

AverageAmericanGuy: The end times are here! Repent!
The end is nigh! Believe in Jesus and
Be spared the death and sorrow of
The Tribulation!
God loves you.
Won't you love Him?
Or will you die and burn in Hell?


i hope god beams you all up soon... we could do with some peace on earth.
2013-02-16 09:13:20 AM  
1 votes:
You have to approach any story coming from the Murky News with some skepticism.
2013-02-16 09:13:08 AM  
1 votes:
Well there's this: US dash-cams are far more artsy than the Russian's.
2013-02-16 09:11:07 AM  
1 votes:
Let's burn down the observatory so this never happens again!
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