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Two Asteroids to Pass Near Earth on Saturday

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#1    Waspie_Dwarf

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 12:31 PM

Two Asteroids to Pass Near Earth on Saturday


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MOSCOW, March 8 (RIA Novosti) Two asteroids, one of them bigger in size than the celestial body that burst over Russia last month, will fly by the Earth on Saturday, though not as close as to threaten collision.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 01:10 PM

seems like there keeping an eye on the smaller ones now. I read one was the size of the Russian meteor. So good for astronomy. :tu:


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Posted 08 March 2013 - 01:20 PM

View PostAsteroidX, on 08 March 2013 - 01:10 PM, said:

seems like there keeping an eye on the smaller ones now.
They always have, nothing has changed, but the smaller objects remain difficult to see.

It is not possible to scan all of the sky all of the time, there are not enough telescopes world wide to do. Also you can't see those that come from the direction of the sun.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 01:35 PM

I wonder if there was anything they could do if a big one was going to hit us.


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Posted 08 March 2013 - 01:35 PM

True dat.


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Posted 08 March 2013 - 01:37 PM

View PostHilander, on 08 March 2013 - 01:35 PM, said:

I wonder if there was anything they could do if a big one was going to hit us.
Not yet, but they are working on it.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 01:40 PM

All these in such a short period.  We being shot at?  (Answer not necessary, I know the answer).


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Posted 08 March 2013 - 01:42 PM

View PostWaspie_Dwarf, on 08 March 2013 - 01:37 PM, said:

Not yet, but they are working on it.
I saw an item where someone suggested painting half of an asteroid so as to cause solar radiation pressure to alter its orbit.  It would seem that maybe a more efficient way would be to find some way to use solar wind.


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Posted 08 March 2013 - 02:22 PM

View PostHilander, on 08 March 2013 - 01:35 PM, said:

I wonder if there was anything they could do if a big one was going to hit us.

Like Waspie said - nothing really...

Of course we could always perform the "Emergency Action Plan" put forward by the late great Wally Cox:
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Scream and shout."





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