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Poll: Asteroid collision? (43 member(s) have cast votes)

Do you think Apophis is going to hit Earth?

  1. Yes (8 votes [18.60%])

    Percentage of vote: 18.60%

  2. No (22 votes [51.16%])

    Percentage of vote: 51.16%

  3. Don't know (13 votes [30.23%])

    Percentage of vote: 30.23%

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#1    Jiatao

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Posted 22 August 2007 - 08:23 PM

Apophis is an asteroid the size of the Rose bowl that could be hitting Earth in 2036.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/sciencenow/3313/01.html


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Posted 22 August 2007 - 08:32 PM

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Apophis is an asteroid the size of the Rose bowl that could be hitting Earth in 2036.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/sciencenow/3313/01.html

I have thought for many years that maybe such a thing would happen.  It is one of those situations that you pray against pray that you are wrong though.

The effects would be horrendous and don't bear thinking about.

Good link Jiatao thumbsup.gif

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Posted 22 August 2007 - 08:38 PM

i don't think so . with our current technology and future we could easily deflect or change the course of the said asteroid. though i answered i don't know in the poll.


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Posted 22 August 2007 - 10:39 PM

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Apophis is an asteroid the size of the Rose bowl that could be hitting Earth in 2036.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/sciencenow/3313/01.html


2036 is a long way away. News articles regularly pop up mentioning the possibility that we could be hit by an object from space, but as the time draws nearer and we're able to look at the objects path more accurately we usually see that there's no threat. The same will probably happen in this case, too.

It's the ones we don't see that you should be more worried about, anyway.


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Posted 22 August 2007 - 10:45 PM

RX7 nailed it on the head. Astronomers only have a rough prediction of the orbit of this asteroid now...

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Posted 23 August 2007 - 11:32 AM

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Apophis is an asteroid the size of the Rose bowl that could be hitting Earth in 2036.


Nothing to worry about... The Mayans say the world will have ended 24 years earlier anyway  rolleyes.gif

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Posted 23 August 2007 - 11:42 AM

oh my god!!!! a meteor???!?!??!? run people we're all going to die!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! log off damn you!!!!!!!!!!!!






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Edited by mentalman, 23 August 2007 - 11:43 AM.

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Posted 23 August 2007 - 01:13 PM

While I'd never rule out a possibility of something big hitting the earth I dont think Apophis will hit the earth.
Then again, it might do =P In 2036 I'll be starting my fifties so atleast I'll  have had a fair amount of years behind be, should something happen.


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Posted 23 August 2007 - 01:28 PM

I have moved this to the Space and Astronomy forum as it seems more appropriate there than in general science.

I have also voted no the Apophis colliding with the Earth.

When first discovered the chances of the this object hitting the Earth were only calculated to be 1:6,000. By May 2006, with the orbit more accurately known the chances of it hitting Earth ha been recalculated at 1:24,000. By my calculations this represents a 99.99583% certainty that it will miss.

It should also be pointed out that original calculations suggested that there was a chance of Apophis colliding with the Earth in 2029. As the orbit was refined this chance has dropped to zero. However Apophis will make a very close approach in that year.

More observations will be made of Apophis in 2013 which will refine the orbit further. I fully expect the chances of a collision to be declared zero after that.

Link to MSNBC Apophis story from May 2006.

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Posted 23 August 2007 - 02:00 PM

I voted don't know because 2036 is still far off and calculations as to where it will be by then will definitely change as it gets closer. I mean already the chances of it hitting us are quite slim so i'm not gonna worry about it too much

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Posted 23 August 2007 - 02:42 PM

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i don't think so . with our current technology and future we could easily deflect or change the course of the said asteroid. though i answered i don't know in the poll.


True.


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Posted 23 August 2007 - 02:45 PM

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oh my god!!!! a meteor???!?!??!? run people we're all going to die!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! log off damn you!!!!!!!!!!!!
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It might not hit, you know.


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Posted 23 August 2007 - 05:40 PM

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i don't think so . with our current technology and future we could easily deflect or change the course of the said asteroid. though i answered i don't know in the poll.
Well, That's all well in good but what if we can't?



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Posted 23 August 2007 - 09:22 PM

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Well, That's all well in good but what if we can't?



Well, we know the answer to that , dont we ? BANG !


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Posted 23 August 2007 - 10:55 PM

I'm with the doubters on this... so I voted 'No'





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