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(NPR)   We all just about died from an asteroid near-miss yesterday. So, when you get tired of feeling relieved, head on over to look at NASA's handy-dandy calendar of upcoming potential Earth destroyers   (npr.org) divider line 84
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2014-02-18 02:04:35 PM
Meh.
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2014-02-18 02:10:58 PM
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2014-02-18 02:12:08 PM
2 million miles subby? That's not a "near miss" by any stretch of the imagination. Inflated headlines suck.
 
2014-02-18 02:13:23 PM
DRTFA: Was this the one passing at ~8 moon distances? Yeah, simply terrifying.
 
2014-02-18 02:15:23 PM
The end of the world as we know it isn't scheduled until 2077. We have plenty of time left.
 
2014-02-18 02:15:37 PM
Of course, "Near miss" means 'Several times farther away than the Moon'. And comparing these asteroids to the meteorite in Russia is a tad disingenuous. Any asteroid big enough to pose a serious threat to humanity isn't going to go unnoticed if it's heading our way. Not that there's anything we can really do about it if it does, but we'll know it's coming.
 
2014-02-18 02:18:41 PM

indarwinsshadow: 2 million miles subby? That's not a "near miss" by any stretch of the imagination. Inflated headlines suck.


So be fair, subby didn't create the definition of "near miss". I agree though, something that is 8 times the distance from the earth that the moon is shouldn't be considered a "near miss".
 
2014-02-18 02:20:02 PM

Because People in power are Stupid: Meh.
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2014-02-18 02:21:30 PM
hmm... I think this may have been the one my older drunken stoner high school buddies were telling me (as we were skipping class and they were getting drunk but I wasn't because I was straight edge at the time) was going to destroy us all so I should totally be a wastoid and not give a f*ck about anything and yadda yadda.

Although I have not amounted to much despite my efforts I remember thinking at the time "these guys are idiots... cool and fun... but idiots. I don't think I'm gonna take this seriously."

Que sera sera, b*tches.
 
2014-02-18 02:24:25 PM

USCLaw2010: Because People in power are Stupid: Meh.
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Kind of defeats the purpose if you're gonna have them strapped down so aggressively. Also... too flappy and she's got one of those corn fed derp faces. Do not want.
 
2014-02-18 02:25:27 PM

here to help: USCLaw2010: Because People in power are Stupid: Meh.
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Zero-g jugs

Kind of defeats the purpose if you're gonna have them strapped down so aggressively. Also... too flappy and she's got one of those corn fed derp faces. Do not want.


I think we found Studman69's new account...
 
2014-02-18 02:26:09 PM

here to help: USCLaw2010: Because People in power are Stupid: Meh.
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Zero-g jugs

Kind of defeats the purpose if you're gonna have them strapped down so aggressively. Also... too flappy and she's got one of those corn fed derp faces. Do not want.


Don't forget sharp knees
 
2014-02-18 02:27:24 PM

LordJiro: Of course, "Near miss" means 'Several times farther away than the Moon'. And comparing these asteroids to the meteorite in Russia is a tad disingenuous. Any asteroid big enough to pose a serious threat to humanity isn't going to go unnoticed if it's heading our way. Not that there's anything we can really do about it if it does, but we'll know it's coming.


Not entirely accurate.  From what I understand, we can currently only detect asteroids coming from farther out in the solar system.  Our telescopes are effectively blind to objects approaching from the sun's direction.
 
2014-02-18 02:28:06 PM

here to help: USCLaw2010: Because People in power are Stupid: Meh.
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Zero-g jugs

Kind of defeats the purpose if you're gonna have them strapped down so aggressively. Also... too flappy and she's got one of those corn fed derp faces. Do not want.


Go home Studman69, you're drunk
 
2014-02-18 02:30:21 PM
Why doesn't the calander go past April 29th. What do they know that they aren't telling us?
 
2014-02-18 02:33:04 PM
A few football fields? That's pretty far from an earth killer. The little that was left after reentry might have made a decent crater but would hardly have been worthy of note unless it hit a populated area.
 
2014-02-18 02:34:12 PM
God dammit you asteroids! Quit teasin'!!!!!!
 
2014-02-18 02:34:26 PM
I feel fine
 
2014-02-18 02:35:24 PM
The ALMOST NEWS!!! where the NEWS is ALMOST!!!
 
2014-02-18 02:36:20 PM
lulzity Studman meme!!

uguizrsocool!1eleven

Seriously though... I'm already sick of her sh*t. Just look at those eyebrows. LOOK AT THEM!!!
 
2014-02-18 02:36:49 PM
If a 3 football field sized meteor really a kill-us-all sized rock? I'm not saying that wouldn't fark us up badly but I didn't think that THAT big.
 
2014-02-18 02:37:25 PM
If we are lucky enough not to have any significant asteroid impacts over the next 100 years,
then.we will be able to do something about them.

Melt the iron with solar mirrors, mix in some hydrogen gas to make it full of bubbles,
Drop it in the ocean. Collect it with tugboats.
 
2014-02-18 02:39:56 PM
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2014-02-18 02:40:00 PM

RoxtarRyan: indarwinsshadow: 2 million miles subby? That's not a "near miss" by any stretch of the imagination. Inflated headlines suck.

So be fair, subby didn't create the definition of "near miss". I agree though, something that is 8 times the distance from the earth that the moon is shouldn't be considered a "near miss".


Yeah, but to people who measure distances in terms of AU and lightyears, 2.1 million miles is  incredibly close. Also, seems like the aliens' aim is getting better, since the next one is supposed to be only a million out.
 
2014-02-18 02:42:10 PM

Peki: Yeah, but to people who measure distances in terms of AU and lightyears, 2.1 million miles is incredibly close. Also, seems like the aliens' aim is getting better, since the next one is supposed to be only a million out.


So the bugs are getting smarter?
 
2014-02-18 02:42:56 PM
An actual miss = Near Hit

/where's George Carlin when you need him?
 
2014-02-18 02:44:55 PM

LordJiro: but we'll know it's coming.


We could easily miss one that is big enough to do some sirius damage.

/Worst astronomy pun of the day... or is it?
 
2014-02-18 02:46:33 PM

here to help: USCLaw2010: Because People in power are Stupid: Meh.
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Kind of defeats the purpose if you're gonna have them strapped down so aggressively. Also... too flappy and she's got one of those corn fed derp faces. Do not want.


What on Earth is a "corn fed derp face"? And don't say hers. I want an explanation for this madness.
 
2014-02-18 02:47:11 PM

johnny_vegas: [www.tulane.edu image 438x402]

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The length of time since the last earth killer (or any impact for that matter) has no affect, whatsoever, on the chances of another happening within a given time frame. The chance of us getting hit by another giant asteroid was the same the day after the  Chicxulub crater was formed as it is today, and will be tomorrow.
 
2014-02-18 02:51:15 PM

That Guy Jeff: johnny_vegas: [www.tulane.edu image 438x402]

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The length of time since the last earth killer (or any impact for that matter) has no affect, whatsoever, on the chances of another happening within a given time frame. The chance of us getting hit by another giant asteroid was the same the day after the  Chicxulub crater was formed as it is today, and will be tomorrow.


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2014-02-18 02:54:43 PM

indarwinsshadow: 2 million miles subby? That's not a "near miss" by any stretch of the imagination. Inflated headlines suck.


Call me when they're closer than 500,000 miles, until then it means nothing.

Unless it stops......then we're in for it...cause that's no meteor.
 
2014-02-18 02:55:40 PM

Slaxl: What on Earth is a "corn fed derp face"?


The Cramps: Cornfed Dames
 
2014-02-18 02:56:14 PM
"2014 BR57 will pass closer yet at 4.4 times the moon's distance on Thursday. "

What will happen when BR-549 comes?
 
2014-02-18 02:56:35 PM

mjohnson71: If a 3 football field sized meteor really a kill-us-all sized rock? I'm not saying that wouldn't fark us up badly but I didn't think that THAT big.


Yeah after thinking about it that's not too big, and a lot would burn off entering our atmosphere so it would be harmlessly bounce off Homer's head.
 
2014-02-18 02:57:19 PM

Horatio Noseblower: "2014 BR57 will pass closer yet at 4.4 times the moon's distance on Thursday. "

What will happen when BR-549 comes?


Hipsters will claim to love country music.
 
2014-02-18 02:57:37 PM
Can't happen fast enough if you ask me.
 
2014-02-18 03:00:42 PM

mjohnson71: If a 3 football field sized meteor really a kill-us-all sized rock? I'm not saying that wouldn't fark us up badly but I didn't think that THAT big.


If it actually hit land it would probably do some serious damage locally, and would probably kick up enough dirt into the atmosphere to mimic the effects (globally) of a relatively large volcanic eruption.  It would ruin a lot of peoples' days, but most likely not an extinction-level-event.
 
2014-02-18 03:08:18 PM

Horatio Noseblower: "2014 BR57 will pass closer yet at 4.4 times the moon's distance on Thursday. "

What will happen when BR-549 comes?


Everyone will lose their girlfriend, truck, house, dog, and beer.
 
2014-02-18 03:09:22 PM

johnnieconnie: An actual miss = Near Hit

/where's George Carlin when you need him?


He's dead and buried and never going to block my calls again.
 
2014-02-18 03:14:38 PM
This just in: Moon-sized object spotted a scant quarter million miles from earth! Everybody panic!!
 
2014-02-18 03:15:31 PM
Don't worry, guys.  Homer Simpson and the brave crew of the SS Triangle have got us covered.  As long as someone keeps feeding him nachos.

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2014-02-18 03:15:43 PM
 
2014-02-18 03:17:20 PM

LordJiro: Of course, "Near miss" means 'Several times farther away than the Moon'.



too bad, I was hoping for this
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2014-02-18 03:23:15 PM
It must suck to be a NASA scientist (or their family).  Every time a plane flies by "THAT PLANE IS NEARLY GOING TO MISS US!!!!!"


relative to the distance to the edge of the galaxy
 
2014-02-18 03:23:41 PM

Slaxl: What on Earth is a "corn fed derp face"? And don't say hers. I want an explanation for this madness.


Well I just made that up but it means it looks like as soon as she opened her mouth a pile of nonsensical gibberish about God and Patriotism and Maps and such would come streaming out in a squawky southern drawl.

She could be perfectly nice and normal but seriously... who farted ya'll?
 
2014-02-18 03:29:21 PM
"Well, our object collision budget's about a million dollars a year. That allows us to track about three percent of the sky, and begging your pardon, sir, but it's a big-ass sky. "


Interesting fact, NASA's annual object collision budget is less than the budget of the movie Armageddon.
 
2014-02-18 03:39:12 PM
Sometimes I think it can't happen soon enough. We've had a pretty good run. Time for the cockroaches to have their turn as the apex species.
 
2014-02-18 03:41:10 PM

mjohnson71: If a 3 football field sized meteor really a kill-us-all sized rock? I'm not saying that wouldn't fark us up badly but I didn't think that THAT big.


I doubt it, the K/T event was somewhere between 6 and 11 kilometers in diameter depending whose maths you trust, 300 meters would be like a big assed nuke but its not a wipe out all above ground life.
 
2014-02-18 03:42:36 PM

Horatio Noseblower: "2014 BR57 will pass closer yet at 4.4 times the moon's distance on Thursday. "

What will happen when BR-549 comes?


We'll have to run a mile, run a mile to the river
 
2014-02-18 03:45:23 PM

Horatio Noseblower: "2014 BR57 will pass closer yet at 4.4 times the moon's distance on Thursday. "

What will happen when BR-549 comes?


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