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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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#16    GreyWeather

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Posted 24 August 2007 - 01:45 AM

I voted yes.

-hides under the staircase- Don't say I didn't warn you! -mumbleBanterMumble damned leprechauns-

(I voted no)

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What I wanna know is why they give asteroids feirce names, but give hurricanes names like "Hurricane Lucy". If you heard "hurricane lucy is headed towards (your town here)" you'd think "Awesome, I bet she's hot". But if you heard "Hurricane Destructicon is headed towards (your town here)" you'd think "HOLY CRAP"...

Edited by Chokmah, 24 August 2007 - 01:47 AM.

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Posted 24 August 2007 - 03:16 AM

Aphphis is named after the deadly serpent-dragon of Egyptian lore. It is an accidentally appropriate name for a killer asteroid. Nonetheless:

I voted no. It is unlikely to hit, but there is a possibility. Should that happen the consequences will indeed be horrible.

Still, we should consider even the likely near miss soberly. The threat posed by near-earth objects is one extra-terrestrial threat that there is no scientific debate about. Please continue to urge support for research and protection against this sort of hazard.

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Posted 24 August 2007 - 09:51 AM

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What I wanna know is why they give asteroids feirce names, but give hurricanes names like "Hurricane Lucy".


Asteroids are named by their discoverers and most have anything but fierce names. There are asteroids named after the Beatles, Frank Zappa and Eric Clapton. Astronomers have named asteroids after their wives and (if memory serves me) even the observatory cat.

As Archosaur said, it is purely coincidental that Apophis has such a fierce name.

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Posted 24 August 2007 - 01:28 PM

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Asteroids are named by their discoverers and most have anything but fierce names. There are asteroids named after the Beatles, Frank Zappa and Eric Clapton. Astronomers have named asteroids after their wives and (if memory serves me) even the observatory cat.

As Archosaur said, it is purely coincidental that Apophis has such a fierce name.


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Posted 24 August 2007 - 01:32 PM

I want a "Don't care" option.


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Posted 24 August 2007 - 01:50 PM

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



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Posted 24 August 2007 - 02:32 PM

Hopefully not. I don't want to be killed by a rock from outer space. >.>

I didn't vote.

Edited by MoonPrincess, 24 August 2007 - 02:32 PM.


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Posted 24 August 2007 - 07:40 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.


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Posted 25 August 2007 - 12:45 AM

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You're right, but how?


How you ask...with Love and Lu's gravitational tractor!

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Posted 25 August 2007 - 12:49 AM

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How you ask...with Love and Lu's gravitational tractor!


I've been waiting for you to mention that. You will be so disappointed if it never gets built. original.gif

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Posted 25 August 2007 - 12:57 AM

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I've been waiting for you to mention that. You will be so disappointed if it never gets built. original.gif


Hey, it really should be built...eventually (at some point) something big really is going to be 'heading right for us'. It's just a matter of time after all!

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Posted 25 August 2007 - 01:15 AM

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Hey, it really should be built...eventually (at some point) something big really is going to be 'heading right for us'. It's just a matter of time after all!


So you're impatiently waiting for a monstrous asteroid, harbinger of the elimination of the human race, to come hurtling towards the Earth, so that you can play with a new toy?

Fair enough. tongue.gif


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Posted 25 August 2007 - 01:31 AM

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So you're impatiently waiting for a monstrous asteroid, harbinger of the elimination of the human race, to come hurtling towards the Earth, so that you can play with a new toy?

Fair enough. tongue.gif


Well, can you think of a better reason to want a new toy?  laugh.gif


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Posted 25 August 2007 - 02:03 AM

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Well, can you think of a better reason to want a new toy?  laugh.gif



NO!

But that thing's a hell of a toy!   I think it would be more fun to build a big firecracker and blast the asteroid to bits.   It would proably be a lot less costly, alot more fun, alot less massive, and would likely work really well.

With the rather weak internal structure cited for asteroids, we could probably scatter an asteroid into thousands of bits, create a great light show, learn a bit about asteroid structures, etc...

Although...we would, of course,  create thousands of new asteroids in wildly divergent orbits as a result.   I think it could be done at a specific place and time in such a manner as to make those pieces inconsequentiual as far as Earth intercept was concerned (the odds of anything in space hitting the Earth are pretty slim)...


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Posted 25 August 2007 - 02:34 AM

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Well, can you think of a better reason to want a new toy?  laugh.gif


Heh, well I suppose not.

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But that thing's a hell of a toy! I think it would be more fun to build a big firecracker and blast the asteroid to bits. It would proably be a lot less costly, alot more fun, alot less massive, and would likely work really well.


Or on the complete other end of the spectrum, I like the idea of painting an asteroid to slightly alter its albedo, gently nudging it off course. Less dramatic than a massive nuclear explosion though, I guess.





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