We almost died!

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  1. chainprayer macrumors 6502a

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    Did you hear that Earth was almost hit by an asteroid?

    read it here

    Save us Bruce Willis!
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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  3. pscoble macrumors 6502

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    200 ft rock, and one that apparently would have caused a near nuclear sized blast. Not really reassuring when you live right next to the Pacific Ocean.
     
  4. shfreelance macrumors 6502a

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    ****, it missed? Damn, I like my dreams better then my actual life... I am at my happiest in my dream state, actually am loved, have kids, nice house, dog, still have everyday stress, but have my love one to share it with.
     
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  6. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    It wouldn't have hit... but it could have hit anywhere. It's not like we did anything to change its course.
     
  7. apsterling macrumors 6502a

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    No, a 200ft rock would burn and break into small enough pieces that it would be less of a problem. Plus it's more likely to strike ocean.
     
  8. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    Yeah, the breaking up I'm sure was calculated. If it weren't this wouldn't be news. And Are you suggesting that it hitting an ocean wouldn't be a big deal? It'd create a hell of a wave.
     
  9. .Andy macrumors 68030

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    Asteroid's commonly burn out in the atmosphere and shrink to the size of a chihuahua's head.
     
  10. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    Homer... was right!
     
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    Hold me, im scared:(
     
  13. Prof. macrumors 601

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    If a large NEO (Near Earth Object) were on a direct path towards Earth, by the time you were able to see it, you would be dead. It would burn at such high temperatures that you would be incinerated in a micro second before it even hit earth. The ppl on the other side of the planet tho... that's another story. ;)

    I was obsessed with the whole "death from above" scenario back in high school.:cool:
     
  14. pianoman181 macrumors regular

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    A collision with Earth would have been roughly the equivalent of a 1.6MT blast. Not trivial, but not world-ending by any stretch of the imagination.
     
  15. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Then you might be interested in this book: Death From the Skies by Phil Plait. I can't recommend it enough!
     
  16. Krafty macrumors 601

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    Damn, whoever threw it sucks at aiming...
     
  17. chainprayer thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Unless it hits your house :p
     
  18. Dagless macrumors Core

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    The end of you and your neighbours is not the end of the world, though. Just the end of life for a few folk.
     
  19. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    Other rocks have been closer, but indeed an unsettling piece of news that it was detected so late.
     
  20. iBlue macrumors Core

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    Heh, that episode of the Simpsons re-aired last night. Coincidence? I think not!
     
  21. Melrose macrumors 604

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    If it's not Tea Leoni telling me about the astroids, I don't listen.
     
  22. arkitect macrumors 601

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    Ah well… better luck next time.
     

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