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(Techsonia)   You can change your underwear now, the 25-foot wide asteroid has safely passed by Earth   (techsonia.com ) divider line
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2014-05-05 08:42:23 AM  
25 feet may not seem big to some FARKers, but at the asteroid's velocity of 17 times the speed of light, even a sneeze could destroy the earth.
 
2014-05-05 08:57:01 AM  
Guess how I now you DRTFA.
 
2014-05-05 09:00:24 AM  
Right.  I've still got a good 3 days left on these drawers.  Just changed them last week.
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2014-05-05 09:08:22 AM  
That's barely big enough to destroy a small city.
 
2014-05-05 09:23:10 AM  
Change my underwear, yeah right, it's not summer yet.
 
2014-05-05 09:35:21 AM  
25 foot?  We were supposed to be scared of a rock no bigger than the local school's short bus?
 
2014-05-05 09:46:18 AM  
I don't need to shower, do I?
 
2014-05-05 09:48:54 AM  

gnosis301: 25 feet may not seem big to some FARKers, but at the asteroid's velocity of 17 times the speed of light, even a sneeze could destroy the earth.


You idiot, asteroids don't sneeze.
 
2014-05-05 09:54:24 AM  
Sure, if it were 25ft when it hit the Earth it would destroy a small city, but it probably wouldn't be near that big by the time it passed through the atmosphere. I doubt it would even hit the ground.
 
2014-05-05 09:56:56 AM  

gnosis301: 25 feet may not seem big to some FARKers, but at the asteroid's velocity of 17 times the speed of light, even a sneeze could destroy the earth.


you're warped
 
2014-05-05 09:58:10 AM  
Drat
i16.photobucket.com
 
2014-05-05 10:01:35 AM  

cgraves67: Sure, if it were 25ft when it hit the Earth it would destroy a small city, but it probably wouldn't be near that big by the time it passed through the atmosphere. I doubt it would even hit the ground.


Me too, but mostly because it's about 70% not-ground down here.
 
2014-05-05 10:04:02 AM  

gnosis301: 25 feet may not seem big to some FARKers, but at the asteroid's velocity of 17 times the speed of light, even a sneeze could destroy the earth.


That's almost as fast as sound or something.
 
2014-05-05 10:06:49 AM  
What a 25' meteor looks like after passing through the Atmosphere:
www.towercrystals.com
 
2014-05-05 10:06:52 AM  

gnosis301: 25 feet may not seem big to some FARKers, but at the asteroid's velocity of 17 times the speed of light, even a sneeze could destroy the earth.


Wow, that's fast.
 
2014-05-05 10:09:29 AM  

OregonVet: Guess how I now you DRTFA.


?
tekstovi-pesama.com
 
2014-05-05 10:11:15 AM  

CeroX: What a 25' meteor looks like after passing through the Atmosphere:
[www.towercrystals.com image 450x334]


I feel bad for that guy. What are the odds of an asteroid coming all that way only to pin his hand to the ground like that?
 
2014-05-05 10:11:22 AM  

gnosis301: 25 feet may not seem big to some FARKers, but at the asteroid's velocity of 17 times the speed of light, even a sneeze could destroy the earth.

I'm hoping that's the joke.
www.nedhardy.com
 
2014-05-05 10:12:56 AM  
With helpful picture of what a 25-foot wide asteroid might look like?

www.techsonia.com

/Bad article is bad
 
2014-05-05 10:15:04 AM  

gnosis301: 25 feet may not seem big to some FARKers, but at the asteroid's velocity of 17 times the speed of light, even a sneeze could destroy the earth.


So it's pretty fast, huh?
 
2014-05-05 10:20:46 AM  

Rapmaster2000: So it's pretty fast, huh?


I'd say it's reasonably fast.  I heard in college that sperm leave the male organ at roughly 30 times the speed of sound.  That's only relatively fast.
 
2014-05-05 10:35:48 AM  
"According to the Mail Online, if an asteroid of the same size collided with the Earth, it could destroy a small city. Its destruction would be half of the Hiroshima nuclear bomb."

No, it would not. An asteroid of this size would be largely vaporized in the upper atmosphere and any surviving fragments would be quite small. Fortunately, asteroids don't work the way OMFG! reporters want them to.
 
2014-05-05 10:37:07 AM  
So it's less than a third of the size of the Chelyabinsk meteor but we should all be terrified and it would destroy a city. Got it. You should feel bad, Subby.
 
2014-05-05 10:38:05 AM  
So I was wrong to run up a $200,000 bill on hookers and blow?
 
2014-05-05 10:41:39 AM  
25ft?   pfftt I got not time to grab my tapemeasure.  How many aardvarks is that?
 
2014-05-05 10:49:45 AM  
I don't care about the length, but more about the remaining mass.

//It's not the size that matters, but the density.
///I tell myself that anyway
 
2014-05-05 10:50:18 AM  

gnosis301: 25 feet may not seem big to some FARKers, but at the asteroid's velocity of 17 times the speed of light, even a sneeze could destroy the earth.


I'm pretty sure a rock 25 feet across travelling at 17 times the speed of light would have a mass greater than the rest of the universe combined.
 
2014-05-05 10:51:09 AM  

The Evil Home Brewer: So I was wrong to run up a $200,000 bill on hookers and blow?


If that's wrong, I don't wanna be right!
 
2014-05-05 11:00:49 AM  
You're welcome

31.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-05-05 11:14:07 AM  
Why does subby assume I wear underwear?
 
2014-05-05 11:15:38 AM  
How many parsecs is that?
 
2014-05-05 11:19:19 AM  
This is why you are farkied:
i456.photobucket.com
 
2014-05-05 11:19:47 AM  
40 days (June 14) until a meteor strike in the Atlantic causes a tsunami. Stay dry, New York.
 
2014-05-05 11:27:58 AM  
Solar System Collision calculator

RESULT: Explosion 5-20 km Above Russia in Europe!!

Energy Released: 26 KT (KiloTons of TNT) 
(Hiroshima & Nagasaki Atomic Bombs: 20 KT)

A collision this large occurs roughly once every 2.1 years.
 
2014-05-05 11:38:36 AM  
OK.  Who do I change with?
 
2014-05-05 11:57:22 AM  

unfarkingbelievable: Why does subby assume I wear underwear?

Because subby's mom realized her panties were missing shortly after you left last night?
 
2014-05-05 12:16:05 PM  
Disappointed, once again...

Oh well, there's always next time.
 
2014-05-05 12:16:13 PM  
JackieRabbit:

"According to the Mail Online, if an asteroid of the same size collided with the Earth, it could destroy a small city. Its destruction would be half of the Hiroshima nuclear bomb."

No, it would not. An asteroid of this size would be largely vaporized in the upper atmosphere and any surviving fragments would be quite small. Fortunately, asteroids don't work the way OMFG! reporters want them to.


It's not the surviving fragments that hurt, it's the blast it creates braking.

Think of the energy that would be required to loft a 25' rock to escape velocity in a matter of seconds. That's how much energy the rock would dump into the atmosphere slowing down to nothing and disintegrating.

That's a big honking fireball and resultant shockwave... In the worst case where it was coming straight down over the hypothetical small city it would be like a hammer from God even if the entire rock was vaporized.

There's not much left of atomic bombs when they're done exploding either, but they don't do damage through their fragments.
 
2014-05-05 12:27:45 PM  

enry: I don't need to shower, do I?


Why start now?
 
2014-05-05 12:43:31 PM  

maxheck: it's the blast it creates braking.


But there are signs up everywhere forbidding engine braking. Why do the asteroids want to break our traffic laws?
 
2014-05-05 12:50:39 PM  

gnosis301: Rapmaster2000: So it's pretty fast, huh?

I'd say it's reasonably fast.  I heard in college that sperm leave the male organ at roughly 30 times the speed of sound.  That's only relatively fast.


So that's why my neighbors always complain about sonic booms coming from my property.
 
2014-05-05 12:52:54 PM  

CeroX: What a 25' meteor looks like after passing through the Atmosphere:
[www.towercrystals.com image 450x334]


I still don't recommend trying to catch one:

carbolicsmoke.com
 
2014-05-05 01:38:46 PM  

gnosis301: 25 feet may not seem big to some FARKers, but at the asteroid's velocity of 17 times the speed of light, even a sneeze could destroy the earth.


i.imgur.com


Someone hit the bong a little too hard. NTTAWWT.
 
2014-05-05 01:39:49 PM  
Whoever wrote that article, I hope they go back and take that ESL course again.
 
2014-05-05 01:50:34 PM  

CivicMindedFive: gnosis301: 25 feet may not seem big to some FARKers, but at the asteroid's velocity of 17 times the speed of light, even a sneeze could destroy the earth.

I'm pretty sure a rock 25 feet across travelling at 17 times the speed of light would have a mass greater than the rest of the universe combined.


Yeah, gnosis301 is technically correct.

/best kind of correct
 
2014-05-05 02:11:34 PM  
Hah, I win.  I've been naked since I first heard about this.  Carpet needs a good cleaning, though...
 
2014-05-05 02:29:31 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2014-05-05 02:34:23 PM  

WordsnCollision: With helpful picture of what a 25-foot wide asteroid might look like?

[www.techsonia.com image 300x225]

/Bad article is bad


I would be shiatting broken glass if the Asteroid in the helpful picture was going to hit us...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/433_Eros

/Who quotes Mail Online as your source...
 
2014-05-05 02:53:29 PM  
Underwear?
 
2014-05-05 02:56:45 PM  

El Dudereno: gnosis301: Rapmaster2000: So it's pretty fast, huh?

I'd say it's reasonably fast.  I heard in college that sperm leave the male organ at roughly 30 times the speed of sound.  That's only relatively fast.

So that's why my neighbors always complain about sonic booms coming from my property.


Are they earth-shattering kabooms?  Because there are supposed to be earth-shattering kabooms.
dummidumbwit.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-05-05 03:25:20 PM  

maxheck: JackieRabbit:

"According to the Mail Online, if an asteroid of the same size collided with the Earth, it could destroy a small city. Its destruction would be half of the Hiroshima nuclear bomb."

No, it would not. An asteroid of this size would be largely vaporized in the upper atmosphere and any surviving fragments would be quite small. Fortunately, asteroids don't work the way OMFG! reporters want them to.

It's not the surviving fragments that hurt, it's the blast it creates braking.

Think of the energy that would be required to loft a 25' rock to escape velocity in a matter of seconds. That's how much energy the rock would dump into the atmosphere slowing down to nothing and disintegrating.

That's a big honking fireball and resultant shockwave... In the worst case where it was coming straight down over the hypothetical small city it would be like a hammer from God even if the entire rock was vaporized.

There's not much left of atomic bombs when they're done exploding either, but they don't do damage through their fragments.


Do you know what else releases approximately the same amount of energy as a Hiroshima-size bomb? A four foot wave breaking on the beach. Or try the average thunderstorm. Atomic bombs are so destructive because they release their energy in a very small space and within a few microseconds. There would not be a "honking fireball" and resultant shockwave from a 25 foot wide meteorite. I nice little light show for a minute or so and that's it. They don't break so much as just burn up and very high in the atmosphere. These things hit us all the time and we usually don't even notice.
 
2014-05-05 04:03:10 PM  

CeroX: What a 25' meteor looks like after passing through the Atmosphere:
[www.towercrystals.com image 450x334]


A 25-foot asteroid would way some 500 tons (source). Even if it lost 99% of its mass the thing would still weight some 1000 pounds at the end.
Sandstone weighs about 2.5 tons per cubic meter (source), so a 500-ton sandstone meteor* that lost 99% of its mass would end up about 1/2 cubic meter in size.

*just roll with it
 
2014-05-05 04:31:40 PM  

gnosis301: 25 feet may not seem big to some FARKers, but at the asteroid's velocity of 17 times the speed of light, even a sneeze could destroy the earth.


How fast is that in parsecs?
 
2014-05-05 04:51:47 PM  

gnosis301: 25 feet may not seem big to some FARKers, but at the asteroid's velocity of 17 times the speed of light, even a sneeze could destroy the earth.


Next time you see your mother, slap her for me.
 
2014-05-05 04:55:43 PM  
JackieRabbit:

maxheck: JackieRabbit:

"According to the Mail Online, if an asteroid of the same size collided with the Earth, it could destroy a small city. Its destruction would be half of the Hiroshima nuclear bomb."

No, it would not. An asteroid of this size would be largely vaporized in the upper atmosphere and any surviving fragments would be quite small. Fortunately, asteroids don't work the way OMFG! reporters want them to.

It's not the surviving fragments that hurt, it's the blast it creates braking.

Think of the energy that would be required to loft a 25' rock to escape velocity in a matter of seconds. That's how much energy the rock would dump into the atmosphere slowing down to nothing and disintegrating.

That's a big honking fireball and resultant shockwave... In the worst case where it was coming straight down over the hypothetical small city it would be like a hammer from God even if the entire rock was vaporized.

There's not much left of atomic bombs when they're done exploding either, but they don't do damage through their fragments.

Do you know what else releases approximately the same amount of energy as a Hiroshima-size bomb? A four foot wave breaking on the beach. Or try the average thunderstorm. Atomic bombs are so destructive because they release their energy in a very small space and within a few microseconds. There would not be a "honking fireball" and resultant shockwave from a 25 foot wide meteorite. I nice little light show for a minute or so and that's it. They don't break so much as just burn up and very high in the atmosphere. These things hit us all the time and we usually don't even notice.


What I was trying to point out was that it doesn't matter on the scale of this meteorite just how much of the bolide that hits the ground. Your post and several others seemed to focus on "oh, it'll be a tiny little chunk of rock once it reaches sea level." as if it were bullets rather than say, fuel-air bombs, and that may not be the way to look at it.

No, on that scale it matters that 500 tons (c.f. earlier posts) of matter has a farkton of kinetic energy that has to be dumped somewhere when coming in from (at least) escape velocity speeds and none of it hits the ground. That energy gets dumped into a blast. Wouldn't be a Chelyabinsk but then that came in at a reasonably shallow angle. I described a worst case, but that could still be a pretty big hammer.

I don't know the parameters of this particular rock, had it struck ideally it'd be one of our Earth Trojan followers angled and have just skipped off the atmosphere. Then again, we might get one coming in retrograde, from Jupiter or further out and come in head on.

But saying "well, it'd just be this tiny rock by the time it hit ground" doesn't really capture what happens.
To my knowledge, no one has ever found any trace of whatever hit Tunguska, but the blast damage was notable.
 
2014-05-05 05:27:56 PM  

Percise1: Next time you see your mother, slap her for me.


My mother died Christmas 2012.
 
2014-05-05 06:03:25 PM  
So it is probably not going to happen unless you buy a shovel...
 
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