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(Bubblews)   NASA admits there's only about a 3 day window to find and track asteroids passing close to Earth, like Asteroid 2013 EN, whizzing past the Moon today. Where's Harry Stamper when we need him most?   (bubblews.com) divider line 76
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2013-03-10 01:06:17 PM  
i1182.photobucket.com
 
2013-03-10 02:03:32 PM  
Don't worry, folks.

I have a triangular spaceship.  I can handle this.
 
2013-03-10 02:15:42 PM  
www.heavemedia.com

/obscure?
 
2013-03-10 02:33:37 PM  
mojoimage.com


"He done blowed up real good!"
 
2013-03-10 02:42:44 PM  
NASA admits there's only about a 3 day window to find and track asteroids passing close to Earth, like Asteroid 2013 EN, whizzing past the Moon today. Where's Harry Stamper when we need him most?

Have you looked around the Pacific Northwest?
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-03-10 02:43:00 PM  

calbert: [www.heavemedia.com image 600x400]

/obscure?


No. Especially since subby mentioned Bruce Willis' character in the headline.
 
2013-03-10 02:56:11 PM  
Neat, after 60 years of space exploration, humankind has gotten up to where we know we're farked with the next big asteroid.

Hopefully the next 60 years can be put into actually coming up with a means to defend ourselves.

And just as hopefully there won't be a climate changing asteroid by then.
 
2013-03-10 03:22:49 PM  

calbert: /obscure?


More like the only answer
 
2013-03-10 03:25:08 PM  

calbert: [www.heavemedia.com image 600x400]

/obscure?


Only in a parallel universe is a half billion dollar grossing movie obscure.
 
2013-03-10 03:25:34 PM  
Well, three days is plenty if you already have a plan in place. We have time now, so let's use it.
 
2013-03-10 03:26:58 PM  

calbert: [www.heavemedia.com image 600x400]

/obscure?


<insert witty comment on your poor choice of word>
 
2013-03-10 03:27:31 PM  
So, to bring sense into this discussion...

NASA tracks bodies from largest to smallest.  Yes, "city killer" asteroids are being found a little late, but NASA has been tracking the ones that actually matter (planet or continent-scale destruction) and is moving from them right on down.  Some things are a little harder to see (objects coming in from the direction of the sun) but there are even plans to see those.  NPR's Science Friday had a great story on just this.
 
2013-03-10 03:36:31 PM  
So, if there are two asteroids closing in on earth at the same time, would they be called steroids?
 
2013-03-10 03:39:49 PM  
"Asteroid 2013 EN is no planet killer. But it could wipe out a whole city, if it were to strike the planet."

And were to actually, you know, hit a city.

At which point that city would join all the other cities throughout human history that have been destroyed by asteroids.
 
2013-03-10 03:41:30 PM  
t2.gstatic.com
 
2013-03-10 03:42:06 PM  

Generation_D: Neat, after 60 years of space exploration, humankind has gotten up to where we know we're farked with the next big asteroid.

Hopefully the next 60 years can be put into actually coming up with a means to defend ourselves.

And just as hopefully there won't be a climate changing asteroid by then.


Yep.  Next one.  That's the one that's gonna get us.
 
2013-03-10 03:42:21 PM  
We are no longer protected against asteroids.

Thanks, Obama!
 
2013-03-10 03:42:34 PM  
That's barely enough time to download and 3D print a planetary laser. Maybe we should get started now and 3D print ourselves a scrith foundation?
 
2013-03-10 03:43:15 PM  
Waste of money tracking these things. How often do cataclysmic size asteroids hit the earth?
 
2013-03-10 03:43:22 PM  

SurelyShirley: So, if there are two asteroids closing in on earth at the same time, would they be called steroids?


OhYou.jpg
 
2013-03-10 03:43:48 PM  

Generation_D: Neat, after 60 years of space exploration, humankind has gotten up to where we know we're farked with the next big asteroid.

Hopefully the next 60 years can be put into actually coming up with a means to defend ourselves.

And just as hopefully there won't be a climate changing asteroid by then.


Uh, no, that asteroid will counteract the effects of anthropocentric global warming.

/that's Obama's secondary reason for aiming asteroids at Tea Party bunkers
 
2013-03-10 03:44:27 PM  

Via Infinito: calbert: [www.heavemedia.com image 600x400]

/obscure?

No. Especially since subby mentioned Bruce Willis' character in the headline.


man metaphysical: calbert: /obscure?

More like the only answer


12349876: calbert: [www.heavemedia.com image 600x400]

/obscure?

Only in a parallel universe is a half billion dollar grossing movie obscure.


i302.photobucket.com
 
2013-03-10 03:44:32 PM  
HEY QA's back!  How ya been man -- missed you in these threads.  How did you miss the 3-D printer that's going to make human organs for life extension ... IN SPACE!
 
2013-03-10 03:45:06 PM  
img689.imageshack.us

Well, imagine what would had happened if NASA (or an other agency) announced the Russian meteor 3 days in advance. The EVERYBODY PANIC effect could have caused a much bigger negative impact on everything than the meteor itself did. The fear and insecurity could shut down the society and bring anarchy, rape, and pillage to your otherwise normal life.
 
2013-03-10 03:46:25 PM  

calbert: [www.heavemedia.com image 600x400]

/obscure?


i.imgur.com
"Surely you can't be serious."
 
2013-03-10 03:47:17 PM  

Generation_D: Neat, after 60 years of space exploration, humankind has gotten up to where we know we're farked with the next big asteroid.

Hopefully the next 60 years can be put into actually coming up with a means to defend ourselves.

And just as hopefully there won't be a climate changing asteroid by then.


Perhaps funding NASA might have a positive outcome?
 
2013-03-10 03:50:42 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: That's barely enough time to download and 3D print a planetary laser. Maybe we should get started now and 3D print ourselves a scrith foundation?


Yeah, because that's EXACTLY what everyone's saying 3D printing can do. You keep fighting that imaginary argument, you crazy diamond.
 
2013-03-10 03:52:05 PM  
images2.wikia.nocookie.net

Meanwhile in Antarctica, SpaceX busts out yet another piece of hell yeah.
 
2013-03-10 03:52:15 PM  
and somehow we've made it this far!
 
2013-03-10 03:53:44 PM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Don't worry, folks.

I have a triangular spaceship.  I can handle this.


Is it six thousand eight hundred miles a side?  If so, be careful or someone might mistake it for fiddling small change.
 
2013-03-10 03:55:25 PM  

SurelyShirley: So, if there are two asteroids closing in on earth at the same time, would they be called steroids?


 those would be my balls.
 
2013-03-10 03:55:33 PM  

Xyphoid: So, to bring sense into this discussion...

NASA tracks bodies from largest to smallest.  Yes, "city killer" asteroids are being found a little late, but NASA has been tracking the ones that actually matter (planet or continent-scale destruction) and is moving from them right on down.  Some things are a little harder to see (objects coming in from the direction of the sun) but there are even plans to see those.  NPR's Science Friday had a great story on just this.


The problem is comets and the occasional missile hurled by Jupiter with little warning.  Some of the big stuff can't be found just because it's very far away right now or hasn't been gravity assisted by passing Jupiter.
 
2013-03-10 03:56:19 PM  
Adele......In.......Space!!!
 
2013-03-10 03:57:17 PM  

Via Infinito: calbert: [www.heavemedia.com image 600x400]

/obscure?

No. Especially since subby mentioned Bruce Willis' character in the headline.


I was wondering who Harry Stamper was.

/needs to get out more
 
2013-03-10 03:58:25 PM  

studebaker hoch: Meanwhile in Antarctica, SpaceX busts out yet another piece of hell yeah.


Tit cannon!
 
2013-03-10 03:58:54 PM  

Generation_D: Neat, after 60 years of space exploration, humankind has gotten up to where we know we're farked with the next big asteroid.

Hopefully the next 60 years can be put into actually coming up with a means to defend ourselves.

And just as hopefully there won't be a climate changing asteroid by then.


Listen, pal, we can either spend billions on space defense for a threat that may well never come OR we could spend billions dropping bombs in the middle east. You can't have both.
 
2013-03-10 03:59:18 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: That's barely enough time to download and 3D print a planetary laser. Maybe we should get started now and 3D print ourselves a scrith foundation?


You can't just used a 3d printer to make scrith, fool.  We don't even know how to make a cziltang brone yet.
 
2013-03-10 03:59:20 PM  
Just because we know how to find asteroids doesn't mean that they're more likely to hit Earth.  We've only had anything resembling this capability for some 400 years, and the last major impact was millions of years ago.  Being paranoid like this is a waste of worry.
 
2013-03-10 04:03:08 PM  

BlippityBleep: and somehow we've made it this far!


I'm still alive.  Therefore I shall live forever.
 
2013-03-10 04:04:41 PM  
iron de havilland

calbert is making a necklace with gnashed teeth.
 
2013-03-10 04:05:10 PM  

studebaker hoch: [images2.wikia.nocookie.net image 533x399]

Meanwhile in Antarctica, SpaceX busts out yet another piece of hell yeah.


I don't think an ion cannon will do anything to an asteroid. I'm not saying don't build them, they might come in handy when the Imperial fleet shows up and tries landing AT-ATs to attack Disney World.
 
2013-03-10 04:13:38 PM  

ciberido: Quantum Apostrophe: That's barely enough time to download and 3D print a planetary laser. Maybe we should get started now and 3D print ourselves a scrith foundation?

You can't just used a 3d printer to make scrith, fool.  We don't even know how to make a cziltang brone yet.


Speak for yourself. I have one that's anagrammatically identical that I call "Blazing Cornet."
 
2013-03-10 04:15:17 PM  

studebaker hoch: [images2.wikia.nocookie.net image 533x399]

Meanwhile in Antarctica, SpaceX busts out yet another piece of hell yeah.


s11.postimage.org
 
2013-03-10 04:16:36 PM  

Myria: Just because we know how to find asteroids doesn't mean that they're more likely to hit Earth.  We've only had anything resembling this capability for some 400 years, and the last major impact was millions of years ago.  Being paranoid like this is a waste of worry.


Because big asteroids never hit planets.
 
2013-03-10 04:21:05 PM  
Harry Stamper?

It's Jimmy Shaker I'm worried about.

Some kinda Jimmy Shaker asteroid? Don't put it past him.
 
2013-03-10 04:35:41 PM  

studebaker hoch: [images2.wikia.nocookie.net image 533x399]

Meanwhile in Antarctica, SpaceX busts out yet another piece of hell yeah.


So, Kate Upton is going to save us?
 
2013-03-10 05:03:27 PM  

traylor: [img689.imageshack.us image 379x214]

Well, imagine what would had happened if NASA (or an other agency) announced the Russian meteor 3 days in advance. The EVERYBODY PANIC effect could have caused a much bigger negative impact on everything than the meteor itself did. The fear and insecurity could shut down the society and bring anarchy, rape, and pillage to your otherwise normal life.


I get what you mean on one level (I live in CA, feel this way about quakes because we don't have to do a ton of stupid prep shiat like hurricane people) but...it IS a pretty dumb perspective. Advance warning where we have the ability to do SOMETHING is good.

You think Katrina would've been less of a clusterfark without warning?
 
2013-03-10 05:09:35 PM  
Seems to be a lot of Asteroids whizzing by lately. Wondering if some interstellar debris field is floating in from the Oort cloud...
 
2013-03-10 05:15:04 PM  

mark12A: Seems to be a lot of Asteroids whizzing by lately. Wondering if some interstellar debris field is floating in from the Oort cloud...


The ones that we have seen lately have all been in stable orbits, not hyperbolic orbits falling in from outside the solar system, so no.
 
2013-03-10 05:20:54 PM  

Via Infinito: No. Especially since subby mentioned Bruce Willis' character in the headline.

man metaphysical: More like the only answer

12349876: Only in a parallel universe is a half billion dollar grossing movie obscure.

WeezinTheJuice: <insert witty comment on your poor choice of word>

YodaBlues: "Surely you can't be serious."


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