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(French Tribune)   Headline: OMG another asteroid will pass by earth. Article: at 3.5 million miles. Googlefu: about 10 times farther than the orbit of the moon, and 1/10 of the way between us and Venus   (frenchtribune.com) divider line 21
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2013-07-26 12:42:47 PM
So no rise of Thudarr the Barbarian?!

darn, maybe next time
 
2013-07-26 12:51:35 PM
So you're saying we're all gonna die then?
 
2013-07-26 01:20:30 PM
Oh boy I hope we evolve into birds to survive this deadly threat.
 
2013-07-26 01:24:59 PM
There's a bif difference between 3.5 million miles and 3.5 million kilometers.
 
2013-07-26 01:26:37 PM

Walker: So you're saying we're all gonna die then?


Well, yes, eventually. Just not with "asteroid impact" as cause of death.
 
2013-07-26 01:26:49 PM
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2013-07-26 01:28:33 PM
First of all, I see no hand-wringing in that article. It's a short piece about a close object that present a series of basic and mostly mundane facts.

Second, it's 3.5 million kilometers you nub, so it's about 2 million miles.

Finally, 2 million miles is relatively close by astronomical standards. Close enough that it is classified as a Near Earth object.
 
2013-07-26 01:35:01 PM
Also
 
2013-07-26 01:36:47 PM
I've posted this before, but knuckleheads still don't get it.

Distance to Earth is completely irrelevant if it has not already passed through the gravitational keyhole for it's orbiatchrist is everyone retarded???

Read this.
 
2013-07-26 01:38:04 PM
The fact that we humans can now fathom Earth being hit by a large asteroid doesn't make it any more or less likely.  There hasn't been something like that in millions of years.  Humanity has been in its current form for about 40,000 years, with only 212 years of knowing what asteroids are, and no major impacts occurring.
 
2013-07-26 01:55:28 PM
So are we entering an era of greater risk of collision, or are we just noticing asteroids more?
 
2013-07-26 02:14:06 PM

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: So are we entering an era of greater risk of collision, or are we just noticing asteroids more?


It's the teacher / student sex conundrum.
Is it heightened awareness?
Or is it. DONDON DONNNNNNN
 
2013-07-26 02:16:57 PM
I think the urgency - for lack of a better word - just comes from the fact that as we get better at detecting these objects, the more we realize just how many of them there are.
 
2013-07-26 02:26:28 PM

Myria: The fact that we humans can now fathom Earth being hit by a large asteroid doesn't make it any more or less likely. There hasn't been something like that in millions of years. Humanity has been in its current form for about 40,000 years, with only 212 years of knowing what asteroids are, and no major impacts occurring.


Barringer Crater, Arizona, US: ~49,000 years ago, measuring "just" 150 ft across, weighing several hundred thousand tons (~300,000) and traveling at a speed of 40,000 miles per hour.

Lake Bosumtwi Crater, Ghana: ~1.3 million years ago
 
2013-07-26 02:37:51 PM
Wait till they find one one will be passing by Earth closer on August 9th
 
2013-07-26 03:03:08 PM

maniacbastard: I've posted this before, but knuckleheads still don't get it.

Distance to Earth is completely irrelevant if it has not already passed through the gravitational keyhole for it's orbiatchrist is everyone retarded???

Read this.


Is Orbiatchrist anything like Korean Jesus?
 
2013-07-26 03:20:03 PM

skozlaw: First of all, I see no hand-wringing in that article. It's a short piece about a close object that present a series of basic and mostly mundane facts.

Second, it's 3.5 million kilometers you nub, so it's about 2 million miles.

Finally, 2 million miles is relatively close by astronomical standards. Close enough that it is classified as a Near Earth object.


Came here to say this. If you're going to rtfa, subby, you should rtfa.
 
2013-07-26 03:40:13 PM
And this is why I love browser addons like the one written about here:  context is everything.
 
2013-07-26 04:23:58 PM

maniacbastard: I've posted this before, but knuckleheads still don't get it.

Distance to Earth is completely irrelevant if it has not already passed through the gravitational keyhole for it's orbiatchrist is everyone retarded???

Read this.


Ahh Fark filter, you never cease to amuse me.
 
2013-07-26 04:36:58 PM
Will the moon crack in half?

/shakes fist done in boobies
 
2013-07-26 05:49:07 PM
Thanks, Obama!
 
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