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Nasa tracks cataclysmic asteroid

Posted on Wednesday, 17 May, 2006 | Comment icon 19 comments


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"Mark your calendar for Sunday, April 13, 2036. That's when a 1,000-foot-wide asteroid named Apophis could hit the Earth with enough force to obliterate a small state."

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Comment icon #10 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 19 May, 2006, 17:27
Let's just hope the percentages continue to over time, a massive collision is the last thing the world needs at this point in time. I don't think it needs a massive collision at any time. One day one of these things will be on a collision course with the Earth. We should be learning all we can about asteroids and comets and developing the technology to deflect them.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Raptor X7 on 19 May, 2006, 17:44
2. The moon would be in the way. But hat would be verrry unlikely. And besides, at least it's not big enough to destory the entire planet. Considering the relative size and distance of the moon, like you said, very unlikely. 1 in 24,000- Not great odds.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 19 May, 2006, 17:47
1 in 24,000- Not great odds. A lot better than 1 in 6250. It is likely to get better as the orbit is further refined with more observations.
Comment icon #13 Posted by ROGER on 19 May, 2006, 18:39
Not to worry! The U.S.A. has Secret Weapons of Mass Destruction and with the Reversed Alien Technology will save the World and Mankind as we Know it! Or not as the case may be. By 2036 I intend to be nothing but a pleasant memory in any case!
Comment icon #14 Posted by frogfish on 20 May, 2006, 2:58
Most likely the asteroid will miss...
Comment icon #15 Posted by hez on 20 May, 2006, 19:27
I don't think it needs a massive collision at any time. One day one of these things will be on a collision course with the Earth. We should be learning all we can about asteroids and comets and developing the technology to deflect them. Agreed, its not a question of if something is going to hit, its a question of when.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Roj47 on 2 June, 2006, 9:17
I see the angle this is coming from, but the report mentions that Earth is hit every 1000 years by an object this size. We have pretty good records from 1000ad onwards, so where is the evidence that this has happened every thousand years? Not saying it hasn't, but would like direction to check the claim out. Any ideas?
Comment icon #17 Posted by Me_Again on 6 June, 2006, 1:32
Dang, that thing could ruin my birthday (April 13th), now how did they pick THAT date ?
Comment icon #18 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 6 June, 2006, 2:02
I see the angle this is coming from, but the report mentions that Earth is hit every 1000 years by an object this size. We have pretty good records from 1000ad onwards, so where is the evidence that this has happened every thousand years? Not saying it hasn't, but would like direction to check the claim out. Any ideas? Firstly this figure is a statistical average. Earth could go five thousand years without such an impact and then have 5 in a decade, so there is no guarantee that an object this size has hit the Earth since 1000 AD. Secondly planet Earth is just over 70% ocean, so on average onl... [More]
Comment icon #19 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 6 June, 2006, 2:21
Dang, that thing could ruin my birthday (April 13th), now how did they pick THAT date ? No one picked that date, the asteroid picked that date. I shouldn't worry too much about your birthday, the chances of Apophis hitting the Earth now stand at only 1:38,000 Source: NASA/JPL - NEO Project- Apophis


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