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(BBC)   Giant metor barely misses destroying all life on earth last night   (news.bbc.co.uk ) divider line
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2002-01-07 09:31:37 AM  
Phew.
 
2002-01-07 09:32:20 AM  
Yeah, i saved the world... You farkers better thank me... Killing those giant androids and battling Space Satan took a lot out of me :/
 
2002-01-07 09:32:34 AM  
From the description of the damage, it sounds like just what the middle east needs right now.
 
2002-01-07 09:35:05 AM  
And where will you get your cheap gas from Meshman?
 
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2002-01-07 09:35:35 AM  
Dubya saved us just in time!!!!
 
2002-01-07 09:35:57 AM  
Quick...suit up the Armeggedon team and knock this puppy out.
 
2002-01-07 09:37:48 AM  
Maybe if we try talking to it real nice.
 
2002-01-07 09:38:04 AM  
Smookyfufu: And here I thought it missed because of the transforming space shuttle from Japan. It also managed to fend off the Zentradi once again as well.
 
2002-01-07 09:38:39 AM  
Isn't that a pretty stupid title given that the article specifically says it wouldn't have destroyed all life on earth?
 
2002-01-07 09:40:57 AM  
Has terrorism been ruled out ?!
 
2002-01-07 09:41:19 AM  
Capt_Sheridan...

I'm the best Veritech pilot the US has, baby.

::gloat::
 
2002-01-07 09:44:12 AM  
Astronomers call it an Apollo object because it has a highly elliptical orbit that crosses the orbits of Mars, Earth, Venus and Mercury. It circles the Sun every 1,321 days.

And in a few billion years, no one has noticed nor has it hit the earth.
 
2002-01-07 09:45:10 AM  
[image from vegalleries.com too old to be available]

Is there any doubt who saved Earth ?
 
2002-01-07 09:46:41 AM  
"Giant metor barely misses destroying all life on earth last night"

"Although there is no danger of collision with it, astronomers say that its proximity reminds us just how many objects there are in space that could strike our planet with devastating consequences."

With regard the comment from the article, any of the moderators or the submitter care to inform us how they came up with the headline?
 
2002-01-07 09:49:18 AM  
'If the impact point were London then scientists estimate there would be total devastation for 150 km and severe destruction for a further 800 km, meaning that not only would the UK be destroyed but France and the Low Countries as well. '

'Low Countries'

MUAHAHAHAH!!
 
2002-01-07 09:49:45 AM  
"Dude, we don't want to go down in history as the guys that destoryed the universe!"
 
2002-01-07 09:52:21 AM  
It's been said the meteor sympathized with Osama Bin Laden.
 
2002-01-07 09:55:04 AM  
cheekymonkey you couldn't be further from the truth. i'll agree that if it had 'nearly missed' then it would possibly have been a problem. However, as 'nearly' can mean 'almost', 'barely' has no such interpretation: in this context it means 'almost didn't.' Further, 'near miss' has become accepted as meaning it did actually miss: http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?near+miss

Pbthtttttt. 8-P
 
2002-01-07 09:56:07 AM  
cheekymonkey .. spent too much time on that retort to see your retraction. Nevermind.
 
2002-01-07 09:56:25 AM  
According to experts, the recent discovery and close approach of 2001 YB5 suggests that something nasty could creep up on us at any time.

So a giant meteor that can wipe out a country is "something nasty". I use "something nasty" to describe dinner last night, not a life destroying 300 meter rock.
 
2002-01-07 09:58:40 AM  
Attorney General Ashcroft has put America on a "heightened state of alert" for possible meteor attacks.
 
2002-01-07 10:04:21 AM  
I can see W now:
"Make No Mistake, we will destroy the terrorist space objects, make no mistake."
 
2002-01-07 10:04:31 AM  
5000 pebbles have been taken into custody.
 
2002-01-07 10:04:38 AM  
When God plays marbles.
 
2002-01-07 10:11:23 AM  
Beaches and litterboxes shut down to prevent further near destruction.
 
2002-01-07 10:13:18 AM  
Thank you Bruce Willis.
 
2002-01-07 10:13:26 AM  
an event of farkish proportions!!!
 
2002-01-07 10:13:26 AM  
"If the impact point were London then scientists estimate there would be total devastation for 150 km and severe destruction for a further 800 km, meaning that not only would the UK be destroyed but France and the Low Countries as well."

Who would surrender, then?
 
2002-01-07 10:16:42 AM  
Thank goodness Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, and Billy Bob Thorton et al were on standby to save our asses!
 
2002-01-07 10:23:00 AM  
I can hear rifles dropping all over France now...
 
2002-01-07 10:26:16 AM  
The Terrible Secret of Space
 
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2002-01-07 10:26:43 AM  
Yeah, do the people who select the posted items actually read them or just get sucked in by the headline? While 500,000 miles is close in astronomical terms, it is not "Barely Misses". Also, teh article clearly states that the meteor coul dhave caused a lot of destruction, but would not have "destroy(ed) all life".
 
2002-01-07 10:46:18 AM  
If they had discovered this meteor was on a collision course with Earth, I think we would finally have a good use for all those nuclear weapons. You can be damned sure that everybody with ICBM's would be launching quite a few of them towards this thing. I think a few megatons would be enough to vaporize a big chunk and blast the rest to boulders. Either that, or a close blast to knock it off course so it misses us.

Didn't some nuclear test in the Pacific totally destroy the island the bomb was on? I mean totally. Nothing left poking above water.
 
2002-01-07 10:49:51 AM  
I would disagree, "barely misses" works perfect for this. If we put the 500,000 miles in poportion to your head and a bullet in comparison to this object, the universe and earth. A bullet would have barely missed your head by less than .1 cm. You would probably tell everybody that a bullet barely missed your head.
 
2002-01-07 10:50:39 AM  
Check out "Lucifer's Hammer" by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle for a "hard" (i.e.: based on scientific fact) sci-fi look at what might happen if one hit. The movie "Armaggeden" didn't mention the radiation, etc.
 
2002-01-07 10:52:43 AM  
Well, one thing is for certain, we must keep fundamentalists (what ever the religion) from going into space.

We sure do not need any 'Osama Bin Jetboy' type of incidents.
 
2002-01-07 11:07:35 AM  
"Lucifer's Hammer" -- a very good read, Bookman. The giant hot fudge sundae slamming into the earth analogy in the novel is ... delicious!
 
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2002-01-07 11:09:18 AM  
Barely missed, as in, just missed by a little bit. Stupid shiats. If you don't speak American, get the hell off of fark.
 
2002-01-07 11:11:10 AM  
American?

Is that a language?

Do they speak it in wherever Fb lives today?

Do I ask to many questions?
 
2002-01-07 11:18:09 AM  
In a related story, Seven of Nine talks about spraying glue on her ass in Entertainment Weakly today.
 
2002-01-07 11:19:04 AM  
Crap..that's the wrong page of the interview. It's on this page.
 
2002-01-07 11:25:22 AM  
Nkosika: Um excuse me mr. math genius, but if the earth is 8000 miles wide and the meteor passed 500,000 miles away that is a ratio of 8:500. Now if your head is 7 inches wide, that would mean 571 inches away. Is that barely miss? I would call 47 feet a wide miss, or maybe someone was shooting in the neighborhood. They usually call these things a near miss astronomically. How did you get .1cm anyway?
 
2002-01-07 11:36:44 AM  
what i find interesting is that we are hearing about this asteriod NOW, after the fact. is there a place on the web that keeps track of asteroids that might be on a collision course with earth? I want to know when an asteroid is going to flatten me so i can duck out of the way.
 
2002-01-07 11:38:06 AM  
holy crap! what does MC Hawking have to say about this nonsense?
 
2002-01-07 11:41:31 AM  
Robot Ninja: What would be the point. You'd be screwed either way.
 
2002-01-07 11:44:50 AM  
Rtreynor: Yeah but she didn't duct tape her boobs or use vasaline.
 
2002-01-07 11:45:34 AM  
Well Harmonia, the Brits dont like it when we call our language English, so we'll call it American, if it's quite all right with you.
 
2002-01-07 12:04:30 PM  
"Astronomers also add that it is "potentially hazardous", meaning there is a slim chance that it may strike the Earth sometime in the future."

And wipe out this great *cough* civilization?

Just let it happen while I'm sleeping...
 
2002-01-07 12:13:01 PM  
Fudd
Um excuse me mr. math genius
First off, only A-holes assumes everybody is male on the internet. If you don't know, don't use gender specific titles.

You are chosing size ratio of the bullet vs. the astroid, and the head vs. the earth. That is impractical to the situation because this is in terms of the distance of the galaxy is in poportion to the distance between the two objects.

How about this shrink the galaxy down to about the size of America, you are just standing there in the middle of it and a bullet wizzes by and misses you by .1 cm. That is a close call. That would by a better idea. It isn't 100% exact, but it is close enough.
 
2002-01-07 12:27:26 PM  
"what i find interesting is that we are hearing about this asteriod NOW, after the fact. is there a place on the web that keeps track of asteroids that might be on a collision course with earth?"

yes there is, in fact there's a java app on one site (it might be nasa's) that you can use to track the objects into the future, and their orbits. I've lost the link, but there's one that neatly intersects with earth in late 2028, I think, although experts have denied it will hit :)

I think that might even have been linked on Fark last year.

The problem is not tracking the objects we do know, its the ones we don't. There are probably many of them.
 
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