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#31    SpaceyKC

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Posted 22 March 2002 - 04:04 PM

               Too bad they can't have the people vote for it,  and let him know how they feel!  And if he didn't listen,  they could vote him out of office!   >:(
               

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Posted 22 March 2002 - 08:43 PM

That article reminds me of the begining of any number of disaster movies  :o

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Posted 12 April 2002 - 01:44 AM

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Due to the fact that only a small percentage of the sky is monitored it is un-likely that we could spot an asteroid or comet before it would be to late or not have the capable technology to destroy or divert such an object.  
Due to the size of the ever expanding universe and that it is much older decreases the amount of large debris floating around but, never say never then your caught with your pants down.


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Posted 12 April 2002 - 02:04 AM

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The size and age of our universe and the fact that our universe is expanding doesn't decrease the amount of debris floating around.

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Posted 12 April 2002 - 06:48 AM

Timmy,

 General consensus is that most comets and asteroids originate from either the Kuiper Belt outside Neptunes orbit or the  Oort cloud that surrounds the outer limits of our solar system, CLICK HERE which pretty much eliminates having to worry about the universe. Advances in technology and greater participation in active monitoring of the sky is needed though, in that you are correct. Most of today's comets and Near Earth Objects are detected by amateur astronomers, whose capabilities are restricted to their equipment and location. Even with those limitations, however, its highly improbable an asteroid capable of causing tremendous damage would escape detection. It's possible, however, for smaller, locally destructive meteorites to arrive unexpectedly, which can be just as devastating if you happen to be in the area it hits. Sadly, the reality is that a higher priority won't be given a skywatch venture until a disaster like the destruction of a large city happens because of inattention.

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Posted 12 April 2002 - 08:42 AM

Plus the equipment that the amateur astronomer uses has had tremendous improvements over the last few years.

Researchers disagree on how many of these Near Earth Asteroids there might be, but the leading estimates range from 700 to 1,200. Roughly 500 have been found, none of which poses a threat anytime in the next century.

To date there are more than 30,000 asteroids with well established orbits. The problem isn't so much with spotting them, because roughly 150,000 asteroids have been spotted but need further study before their orbits can be known well enough to put them in the books.

Asteroids are being found at such a dramatically increasing rate that some astronomers say the discoveries may soon overwhelm the ability to properly catalogue the objects and do critical follow-up observations that could reveal if an asteroid is on a collision course with Earth. That is where the amateur astronomer is being called upon by the professionals to assist in the tracking so that they can be properly catagorized.

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Posted 17 April 2002 - 08:42 PM

 Here's an update that suggests there are twice as many asteroids as previously thought contained within the asteroid belt orbiting space between Mars & Jupiter.

http://www.rense.com/general24/hhh.htm

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Posted 03 May 2002 - 01:14 AM

dakoda,


the explosions you will see and hear will be like this:



BOOOOOOOOOM!


GIANT FLAMES SCORCHING THE EARTH AND THE CORE EXPLODING KILLING US ALL!!!!!!!

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Posted 03 May 2002 - 10:51 PM

Pardon? couldn't quite hear what you said...

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Posted 20 June 2002 - 08:49 PM

Yet another undetected asteroid which passed uncomfortably close to the earth on June 14th;  :s4

CLICK HERE FOR STORY

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Posted 20 June 2002 - 09:52 PM

Magikman,

Couldn't you give that link what earlier? Before the 14th of July? That would really have helped the poor scientists!  ;D

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Posted 20 June 2002 - 10:18 PM

:s2 :s2 ah well their scientists they should've figured that out.

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Posted 21 June 2002 - 02:56 AM

      That's really starting to get on my nerves!!  :s3

         Looks like it won't even be like in the movies,  where they know it's coming, and we all hope they divert it in time to save us all!  More like...OOPS!  WHEW!  that was close,  wasn't it?   :-[

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Posted 21 June 2002 - 05:34 AM

Yeah really. Just like that one earlier this year where it's almost impossible to see it from earth based telescopes.
Stupid Sun >:(

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