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(Slate)   No, an asteroid is not going to wipe out the Earth in 2880. EVERYBODY RELAX   (slate.com) divider line 34
    More: Followup, asteroids, weak forces, Philip C. Plait, Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait, Death from the Skies, orbits, pseudosciences  
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2014-08-17 10:24:52 PM
Geez. Thanks Slate, you had me all worried there.

Then again, who the heck gets anything real, factual, or scientific from Slate?
 
2014-08-17 11:41:31 PM

DanZero: Geez. Thanks Slate, you had me all worried there.

Then again, who the heck gets anything real, factual, or scientific from Slate?


They should just concentrate on tits and foods.
 
2014-08-17 11:42:48 PM
Actually, TFA and Subby are 100% wrong. The asteroid in question may not be "set" to hit Earth, but that doesn't mean that there isn't another one, or something similar, in 2080 or any other year. Of course, panicking won't do a goddamned thing, but these dramatic scare rags don't care, they just want sensationalistic.

DanZero: Geez. Thanks Slate, you had me all worried there.

Then again, who the heck gets anything real, factual, or scientific from Slate?


Actually, Slate set it straight, it was Telegraph that spread the rumor. Phil Plait is perfectly fine as a source for debunking space-related myths. Not sure how a farker wouldn't know that.
 
2014-08-17 11:45:51 PM
I already packed my bags.
 
2014-08-17 11:48:12 PM

BalugaJoe: I already packed my bags.


Pack extra towels but always keep one handy about your person.
 
2014-08-18 12:00:15 AM
If I were any more relaxed, I would be like this:
cindystalnaker.com
Boneless Cat is in your office, melting on your desk.
 
2014-08-18 12:26:43 AM
But, what about HAARP? All those strange sounds it causes in the sky could cause Yellowstone to erupt, and then the Fema death camps will feed us to the asteroid!

/should probably stop reading YouTube comments
 
2014-08-18 01:14:55 AM
If, by 2880, we're not able to disintegrate or at least deflect/reroute the asteroid, we probably deserve to be hit.
 
2014-08-18 01:27:22 AM
Oh, the earth will be fine... its all the life forms on it that will be wiped out.

Seriously... I mean do you know how big an asteroid would have to be to literally wipe out the earth?
 
2014-08-18 02:09:24 AM
Oh come on, we are surrounded by many  life threatening dangers. When asteroid is going to strike soon nothing we will be to do. Besides. Here is a list of things you need to worry about:
1- eruption of Yellowstone supervolcanoe. The thing is in due  next eruption.
2- Tsunamis.  Remember 2004 tsunami and how many people it killed.
3-  Epidemics . 1918 flu, Black Death
4- Hurricanes, Typhoons
 
2014-08-18 02:14:44 AM
I only relax if someone named Frankie tells me to do so.
 
2014-08-18 02:22:36 AM

Foxxinnia: I only relax if someone named Frankie tells me to do so.


That's funny...when I want to relax, I go to Hollywood.
 
2014-08-18 04:08:11 AM
DON'T PICNIC ;)
 
2014-08-18 04:53:10 AM
Ok, subby...I'm relaxing. Now what?
 
2014-08-18 07:54:14 AM
Wait, did they say 2880?  Because I heard it was going to be 2780.  Wow, what a relief.
 
2014-08-18 08:21:55 AM

Baron Harkonnen: Wait, did they say 2880?  Because I heard it was going to be 2780.  Wow, what a relief.


Yeah the Robot Uprising being scheduled so close had me worried too, but looks like it will hit after we're all dead anyways.
 
2014-08-18 09:40:31 AM

Mikey1969: Actually, TFA and Subby are 100% wrong. The asteroid in question may not be "set" to hit Earth, but that doesn't mean that there isn't another one, or something similar, in 2080 or any other year.


Or in 10 minutes.  The Chelyabinsk detonation last year was completely unanticipated.  If an asteroid is coming from a direction where we can't see it, we'll have no notice.
 
2014-08-18 10:18:45 AM
Whew.
 
2014-08-18 10:33:49 AM
 
2014-08-18 10:40:15 AM

SpinStopper: DON'T PICNIC ;)


I have a towel!
 
2014-08-18 10:41:22 AM

optional: If, by 2880, we're not able to disintegrate or at least deflect/reroute the asteroid, we probably deserve to be hit.


If, by 2880, we're not able to move the entire planet out of the way, ala the Puppeteers, we probably deserve to be hit.
 
2014-08-18 11:05:09 AM

Tobin_Lam: optional: If, by 2880, we're not able to disintegrate or at least deflect/reroute the asteroid, we probably deserve to be hit.

If, by 2880, we're not able to move the entire planet out of the way, ala the Puppeteers, we probably deserve to be hit.


Why should we have to move out of the way?
 
2014-08-18 12:04:26 PM
www.tribal-tshirts.com
 
2014-08-18 12:45:01 PM

DanZero: Geez. Thanks Slate, you had me all worried there.

Then again, who the heck gets anything real, factual, or scientific from Slate?


I'm not sure I could keep hard for 800 years, but I'm willing to try.
 
2014-08-18 12:50:10 PM

dillengest: Tobin_Lam: optional: If, by 2880, we're not able to disintegrate or at least deflect/reroute the asteroid, we probably deserve to be hit.

If, by 2880, we're not able to move the entire planet out of the way, ala the Puppeteers, we probably deserve to be hit.

Why should we have to move out of the way?


Because hopefully we'll be that powerful?
 
2014-08-18 02:30:00 PM

optional: If, by 2880, we're not able to disintegrate or at least deflect/reroute the asteroid, we probably deserve to be hit.


I was going to say if we're still here in 2880, we deserve to be hit.  The colonies can soldier on without ol' Dirt.
 
2014-08-18 02:36:34 PM

Valiente: DanZero: Geez. Thanks Slate, you had me all worried there.

Then again, who the heck gets anything real, factual, or scientific from Slate?

I'm not sure I could keep hard for 800 years, but I'm willing to try.


See a doctor of your erection lasts longer than four centuries.
 
2014-08-18 02:45:12 PM
By the year 2880, if it is actually on a collision course, there are three possibilities:

1 - We already blew ourselves up in World War 3 centuries ago.
2 - The invention of virtual reality sex simulators in the late 21st century has completely destroyed technological progress and we're unable to deflect the asteroid, but we don't notice it anyway because we're all boinking virtual supermodels until the world suddenly ends.
3 - Our technology has improved to the point that we capture the asteroid in orbit and turn it into a tourist attraction after we've mined all its useful minerals.
 
2014-08-18 02:58:08 PM
Why would I care (one way or the other) what the hell is going to happen over nearly 900 years from now? Were I even to have kids, I, they, and my great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grea t-great-grandchildren will all be dead by then, so it's not as if I am thinking about the family, y'know?
 
2014-08-18 04:36:30 PM

Warmnight: Oh come on, we are surrounded by many  life threatening dangers. When asteroid is going to strike soon nothing we will be to do. Besides. Here is a list of things you need to worry about:
1- eruption of Yellowstone supervolcanoe. The thing is in due  next eruption.
2- Tsunamis.  Remember 2004 tsunami and how many people it killed.
3-  Epidemics . 1918 flu, Black Death
4- Hurricanes, Typhoons


Not to mention Hulk Hogan

i228.photobucket.com
 
2014-08-18 04:44:22 PM
What if it actually will wipe out the Earth tomorrow? Is that OK?
 
2014-08-18 07:11:37 PM
It doesn't matter. If it comes, I know who will save us.

www.shockinglyfun.com
 
2014-08-19 10:14:05 AM
What about the one that's supposed to hit us in 2030-something? Anything new on that?
 
2014-08-19 11:41:07 AM

Herr Morgenstern: What about the one that's supposed to hit us in 2030-something? Anything new on that?


Has Apophis  made its first near miss encounter with Earth yet? I think we will know more when it does that. And I think it will come back around at 2028... Not sure though. But last I heard, it would have a 3% chance at most to hit us if conditions are just perfect. But that was from a special I was watching on Netflix about it.
 
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