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(Space.com)   Near-Earth asteroid 2000 EM26, the size of three football fields, will fly by Earth on Monday. And you can watch it via webcast   (space.com) divider line 51
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2014-02-15 11:15:44 AM
You know, back when I went to school (walking through 3 feet of snow, five miles uphill both ways) I learned that there was the sun and orbiting the sun was Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars and the asteroid belt.  Nobody, least of all Mr. Lloynd the Science teacher, ever said anything about asteroids hanging out near the Earth.  Why was my teacher lying to me?
 
2014-02-15 11:58:29 AM

Prey4reign: Why was my teacher lying to me?


sgnewwave.com 

Kay: A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it. Fifteen hundred years ago everybody knew the Earth was the center of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everybody knew the Earth was flat, and fifteen minutes ago, you knew that humans were alone on this planet. Imagine what you'll know tomorrow.
 
2014-02-15 12:03:22 PM
"[...] about 8.8 lunar distances from Earth."

Yeah, I'll get right on that.
 
2014-02-15 12:27:24 PM
the size of three football fields

Wow, that's a pretty flat asteroid. How did it get like that?
 
2014-02-15 12:27:32 PM
Which football field, subby?  A genuine 100-yard gridiron, or that sissy pitch they use in Europe?
 
2014-02-15 12:30:33 PM
If indeed 2000 EM26 is an asteroid and not a spacecraft full brain-sucking aliens.
 
2014-02-15 12:38:38 PM
It is going to be a Smack um Yack Um..
 
2014-02-15 12:39:12 PM
Darn, not enough time to round up and lob the Kardashians up there.
 
2014-02-15 12:41:24 PM

Sgygus: If indeed 2000 EM26 is an asteroid and not a spacecraft full brain-sucking aliens.


img2.wikia.nocookie.net

They might land in Hollywood and die from starvation.
 
2014-02-15 12:47:51 PM
How about I wait for the bigger, closer one on Friday?

//I don't get out the tin foil for anything under .4 LD
////Cool like that.
 
2014-02-15 12:49:09 PM

wildcardjack: Sgygus: If indeed 2000 EM26 is an asteroid and not a spacecraft full brain-sucking aliens.



They might land in Hollywood and die from starvation.


It is slowing down and doing an end zone dance.
 
2014-02-15 12:50:16 PM

italie: How about I wait for the bigger, closer one on Friday?

//I don't get out the tin foil for anything under .4 LD
////Cool like that.


What is that in Rhode Islands?
 
2014-02-15 12:50:30 PM

Ishkur: the size of three football fields

Wow, that's a pretty flat asteroid. How did it get like that?



Shhhhh.... why do you think it left the asteroid belt in the first place? Low self esteem.  Any more teasing and emo asteroid is gonna get suicidal.
 
2014-02-15 01:02:31 PM

TheOther: italie: How about I wait for the bigger, closer one on Friday?

//I don't get out the tin foil for anything under .4 LD
////Cool like that.

What is that in Rhode Islands?


.4 LD is roughly 3000 Rhode Islands, depending on how you stack it.
 
2014-02-15 01:10:28 PM
This thing is big enough to do serious damage if it were to hit. I couldn't find anything about its composition, but making a guess at dense rock and playing with the Purdue Imapact Simulator suggests this thing would hit with the force of ~624 Megatons of TNT.

270m Diameter
~13 km/s
and I assumed 45 degree angle.
 
2014-02-15 01:12:52 PM
Just to put things in perspective, by "whizz by Earth" they mean it'll get about as close as a speck of dust missing a marble by about nine feet.

So really close.
 
2014-02-15 01:13:02 PM
And you can watch it via webcast

Well, as long as I don't have to go outside. That's the important thing.
 
2014-02-15 01:15:08 PM

Ishkur: the size of three football fields

Wow, that's a pretty flat asteroid. How did it get like that?


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2014-02-15 01:26:59 PM

Prey4reign: You know, back when I went to school (walking through 3 feet of snow, five miles uphill both ways) I learned that there was the sun and orbiting the sun was Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars and the asteroid belt.  Nobody, least of all Mr. Lloynd the Science teacher, ever said anything about asteroids hanging out near the Earth.  Why was my teacher lying to me?


Back then, they tried to protect us from the truth and instead focused on feel-good lies like  "Manifest Destiny", the "Bulwark of Democracy", the flag of Betsy Ross and Plymouth Rock. No controversy or anything uncomfortable.

This is why we now have a bunch of people believing in "Flintstones History", i.e. that dinosaurs and people existed at the same time.
 
2014-02-15 01:28:49 PM

italie: How about I wait for the bigger, closer one on Friday?

//I don't get out the tin foil for anything under .4 LD
////Cool like that.


So is Slooh streaming that one too?

I wonder what the chances are of it's looking like this.
 
2014-02-15 01:37:08 PM
We need to detect them so we know when our doom is upon us? Without a means of doing anything about them the only thing early warning provides is more time to kiss your ass goodbye.
 
2014-02-15 01:45:07 PM
What one of the aliens on that asteroid may look like
s27.postimg.org
 
2014-02-15 01:56:44 PM

hardinparamedic: Prey4reign: Why was my teacher lying to me?

[sgnewwave.com image 600x343] 

Kay: A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it. Fifteen hundred years ago everybody knew the Earth was the center of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everybody knew the Earth was flat, and fifteen minutes ago, you knew that humans were alone on this planet. Imagine what you'll know tomorrow.


I always liked that line from the movie.
 
2014-02-15 01:58:10 PM

Day_Old_Dutchie: What one of the aliens on that asteroid may look like
[s27.postimg.org image 400x400]


fc01.deviantart.net
 
2014-02-15 02:04:10 PM

ReverendJynxed: We need to detect them so we know when our doom is upon us? Without a means of doing anything about them the only thing early warning provides is more time to kiss your ass goodbye.


Hardly. We have the technology today (given enough warning) to "nudge" a hit to a grazing miss. And unless it's a planet-wrecker, you could evacuate a coastal city or series of cities in advance of a probable tsunami if it was slated to slam into the ocean at continental shelf depths...odds are good that it will hit water rather than land, after all.

What's harder to cope with are objects coming in from a steep angle to the Earth's orbit and the elliptic of (most of) the planets/asteroid belt, or in a swarm of objects big enough to detect (500 m-1 km) but large enough to do significant damage because they didn't break up in the atmosphere or are made of mostly iron.

It will happen, but if it slammed into a particularly remote part of Antarctica, it might not be more than of scientific interest.
 
2014-02-15 02:04:55 PM
8.8 lunar distances? So more than two million miles. Not exactly a close shave.
 
2014-02-15 02:07:15 PM

Day_Old_Dutchie: What one of the aliens on that asteroid may look like
[s27.postimg.org image 400x400]


My favorite is 32,768.
 
2014-02-15 02:25:32 PM
"See photos of potentially dangerous asteroids"

So, like you see one of them walking around the neighborhood, you should dial 911 or what. Is there a reward?
 
2014-02-15 02:33:03 PM
So, it'll pass about 2.1 million miles away?.  Meh; wake me up when one hits atmo.
 
2014-02-15 02:41:40 PM
Or see it slam into the camera.
 
2014-02-15 03:29:56 PM

wildcardjack: Sgygus: If indeed 2000 EM26 is an asteroid and not a spacecraft full brain-sucking aliens.

[img2.wikia.nocookie.net image 500x393]

They might land in Hollywood and die from starvation.



According to "Samurai Cat in the Real World" there is a creature called the Crapmos that lives under Hollywood, and it lives on stupidity waves.
 
2014-02-15 03:53:59 PM

bingethinker: 8.8 lunar distances? So more than two million miles. Not exactly a close shave.


Astronomically speaking, it is... that's only about .00000036 light years away!
 
2014-02-15 04:02:37 PM
Whenever a story like this comes up, I'm reminded of the 1994 Halloween broadcast of Without Warning.
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=f9xMTA7qhZM
 
2014-02-15 04:21:55 PM
2 million miles? That's roughly 8 times the distance the moon is from earth. "Near earth" asteroid my butt.
 
2014-02-15 04:23:45 PM
Steve Tyler will watch it all. He doesn't want to miss a thing.
 
2014-02-15 04:37:10 PM
thesoulofhealth.com
 
2014-02-15 04:45:57 PM

netgamer7k: 2 million miles? That's roughly 8 times the distance the moon is from earth. "Near earth" asteroid my butt.


If you're in this thread and you haven't played KSP
(this is not addressed those of you who either you love it or hate it or just feel kinda meh)
you should stop what you're doing and get it.
 
2014-02-15 04:46:49 PM
OMG - its massive
 
2014-02-15 06:00:15 PM
Don't forget to wave.
i527.photobucket.com
 
2014-02-15 06:01:44 PM
Homemade viewing device...

whysoblu.com
 
2014-02-15 07:02:31 PM
What kind of football field?

American football? 100 yards
American football with endzones? 120 yards
Football/soccer? ~105 meters?
Australian football? ~150 meters

Seriously. This thing could be anywhere from 300-500 ft across? Why not just say that?
 
2014-02-15 07:14:28 PM

netgamer7k: 2 million miles? That's roughly 8 times the distance the moon is from earth. "Near earth" asteroid my butt.


Put in those terms, the moon is a massive celestial body that's whizzing by the earth EVERY SINGLE DAY!!!



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2014-02-15 08:14:51 PM
Everyone to the Denver Airport.
 
2014-02-15 08:17:47 PM
oi58.tinypic.com
 
2014-02-15 09:18:52 PM

SVenus: netgamer7k: 2 million miles? That's roughly 8 times the distance the moon is from earth. "Near earth" asteroid my butt.

If you're in this thread and you haven't played KSP
(this is not addressed those of you who either you love it or hate it or just feel kinda meh)
you should stop what you're doing and get it.


KSP? That's the old and busted joint. We're driving the new hotness (totally relevant phrase, MiB has already been brought up in the thread): 
http://corpsmoderne.itch.io/flappy-space-program

But, seriously, it's like 30 seconds of arcadey KSP orbital mechanics fun in 2D. Remember: Burn prograde at apogee to raise your perigee.

Ignore the "flappy" reference -- it's really legit.

I also love KSP.
 
2014-02-16 01:21:51 AM
Hello Fark!
I remember recently seeing an animation showing the number of near earth asteroids that had been detected, over time.

Anyone remember this and have a link??
 
2014-02-16 09:40:19 AM

namatad: Hello Fark!
I remember recently seeing an animation showing the number of near earth asteroids that had been detected, over time.

Anyone remember this and have a link??


I believe this is what you're looking for...?

http://www.arm.ac.uk/neos/anim.html
 
2014-02-16 09:56:58 AM

namatad: Hello Fark!
I remember recently seeing an animation showing the number of near earth asteroids that had been detected, over time.

Anyone remember this and have a link??


 Time-Lapse Shows Every Asteroid Discovered Since 1980 (VIDEO)
 
2014-02-16 01:06:34 PM

Xanlexian: namatad: Hello Fark!
I remember recently seeing an animation showing the number of near earth asteroids that had been detected, over time.

Anyone remember this and have a link??

I believe this is what you're looking for...?

http://www.arm.ac.uk/neos/anim.html


awesome


memebot_of_doom:
namatad: Hello Fark!
I remember recently seeing an animation showing the number of near earth asteroids that had been detected, over time.

Anyone remember this and have a link??

 Time-Lapse Shows Every Asteroid Discovered Since 1980 (VIDEO)


but yes, this is exactly the video that I was looking for!!
TY both
 
2014-02-16 01:48:48 PM
I like the ones that zip inside Mercury only to haul ass out in Mars's general direction.

We are very Earth-fixated and don't tend to consider that a sizable asteroid impact on Mars, (maybe) Venus or Mercury would likely complicate matters with ejecta flying around the inner solar system in a haphazard and hard-to-plot manner.
 
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