calbert: [www.heavemedia.com image 600x400]/obscure?
Generation_D: Neat, after 60 years of space exploration, humankind has gotten up to where we know we're farked with the next big asteroid.Hopefully the next 60 years can be put into actually coming up with a means to defend ourselves.And just as hopefully there won't be a climate changing asteroid by then.
SurelyShirley: So, if there are two asteroids closing in on earth at the same time, would they be called steroids?
Via Infinito: calbert: [www.heavemedia.com image 600x400]/obscure?No. Especially since subby mentioned Bruce Willis' character in the headline.
man metaphysical: calbert: /obscure?More like the only answer
12349876: calbert: [www.heavemedia.com image 600x400]/obscure?Only in a parallel universe is a half billion dollar grossing movie obscure.
Quantum Apostrophe: That's barely enough time to download and 3D print a planetary laser. Maybe we should get started now and 3D print ourselves a scrith foundation?
Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Don't worry, folks.I have a triangular spaceship. I can handle this.
Xyphoid: So, to bring sense into this discussion...NASA tracks bodies from largest to smallest. Yes, "city killer" asteroids are being found a little late, but NASA has been tracking the ones that actually matter (planet or continent-scale destruction) and is moving from them right on down. Some things are a little harder to see (objects coming in from the direction of the sun) but there are even plans to see those. NPR's Science Friday had a great story on just this.
studebaker hoch: Meanwhile in Antarctica, SpaceX busts out yet another piece of hell yeah.
BlippityBleep: and somehow we've made it this far!
studebaker hoch: [images2.wikia.nocookie.net image 533x399]Meanwhile in Antarctica, SpaceX busts out yet another piece of hell yeah.
ciberido: Quantum Apostrophe: That's barely enough time to download and 3D print a planetary laser. Maybe we should get started now and 3D print ourselves a scrith foundation?You can't just used a 3d printer to make scrith, fool. We don't even know how to make a cziltang brone yet.
Myria: Just because we know how to find asteroids doesn't mean that they're more likely to hit Earth. We've only had anything resembling this capability for some 400 years, and the last major impact was millions of years ago. Being paranoid like this is a waste of worry.
traylor: [img689.imageshack.us image 379x214]Well, imagine what would had happened if NASA (or an other agency) announced the Russian meteor 3 days in advance. The EVERYBODY PANIC effect could have caused a much bigger negative impact on everything than the meteor itself did. The fear and insecurity could shut down the society and bring anarchy, rape, and pillage to your otherwise normal life.
mark12A: Seems to be a lot of Asteroids whizzing by lately. Wondering if some interstellar debris field is floating in from the Oort cloud...
Via Infinito: No. Especially since subby mentioned Bruce Willis' character in the headline.
man metaphysical: More like the only answer
12349876: Only in a parallel universe is a half billion dollar grossing movie obscure.
WeezinTheJuice: <insert witty comment on your poor choice of word>
YodaBlues: "Surely you can't be serious."
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