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    an asteroid will pass within 27,000 miles of earth...on October 12th...closer that I would like, but it is only 30x100 feet...
    "We are currently experiencing some technical difficulties due to reality fluctuations. The elves are working tirelessly to patch the correct version of reality. Activities here have been temporarily disabled since the fundamentals of mathematics, physics and reason may be incomprehensible during this indeterminate period of instability. Normal service will be restored once we are certain as to what 'normal' is."

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  • #2
    It better not mess up my lawn or I'll be pissed.
    Originally posted by MrKnobs
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    • #3
      Originally posted by daddymack View Post
      an asteroid will pass within 27,000 miles of earth...on October 12th...closer that I would like, but it is only 30x100 feet...
      Or 90x300 feet.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Smilin' Bob View Post

        Or 90x300 feet.
        hmmm...I've seen 13m diameter, 100' long. but nothing on the order of 300 feet! That's a football field...not a house!
        "We are currently experiencing some technical difficulties due to reality fluctuations. The elves are working tirelessly to patch the correct version of reality. Activities here have been temporarily disabled since the fundamentals of mathematics, physics and reason may be incomprehensible during this indeterminate period of instability. Normal service will be restored once we are certain as to what 'normal' is."

        Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally used up and worn out, shouting '...man, what a ride!'
        "The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively" ~Bob Marley

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        • #5
          Semi-major axis is 1.4057 AU (a bit less than 131 million miles) and orbital period is 609 days. That gives an average velocity of about 15.61 miles per second. Earth's velocity is 18.517 MPS for a difference of about 2.9 MPS. At that speed, it doesn't need to be very massive to pack a punch. We gotta do a better job of tracking these things.
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          • #6
            they've been tracking this one...and thousands of others. More to the point, all those years we weren't tracking them...we somehow managed to avoid a catastrophic impact...
            "We are currently experiencing some technical difficulties due to reality fluctuations. The elves are working tirelessly to patch the correct version of reality. Activities here have been temporarily disabled since the fundamentals of mathematics, physics and reason may be incomprehensible during this indeterminate period of instability. Normal service will be restored once we are certain as to what 'normal' is."

            Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally used up and worn out, shouting '...man, what a ride!'
            "The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively" ~Bob Marley

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            • #7
              Which says nothing about the ones they aren't tracking. Plus, smaller asteroids burn up in the atmosphere about 28 times a year that we know of (https://science.nasa.gov/science-new...16nov_bolides/). ''Small'' in this case means 60' across or smaller. There hasn't been a major asteroid strike in millions of years but it only takes one. The Chesapeake Bay Crater is 35 million years old and about 50 miles across (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/n...pace-2012da14/). Anything that can leave a 50 mile crater is going to do some damage. Humans haven't been on the scene all that long, maybe 80,000 years (https://www.csmonitor.com/Science/20...00-years-or-so) so maybe we've just been lucky.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by DeepEnd View Post
                Which says nothing about the ones they aren't tracking. Plus, smaller asteroids burn up in the atmosphere about 28 times a year that we know of (https://science.nasa.gov/science-new...16nov_bolides/). ''Small'' in this case means 60' across or smaller. There hasn't been a major asteroid strike in millions of years but it only takes one. The Chesapeake Bay Crater is 35 million years old and about 50 miles across (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/n...pace-2012da14/). Anything that can leave a 50 mile crater is going to do some damage. Humans haven't been on the scene all that long, maybe 80,000 years (https://www.csmonitor.com/Science/20...00-years-or-so) so maybe we've just been lucky.
                yup.

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                • #9
                  Flood in 10/15, hurricane in 10/16......asteroid in 10/17?!?!?? Enough, already!

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                  • #10
                    what about the Yellowstone Super Volcano? That is also making occasional geothermal news...

                    Let's face it. Humans tend to consider ourselves as masters of the Earth...and Earth [and the universe] continually manage to try to give us some real perspective as to our role here...we are guests, at best, and not very good guests, for that matter...
                    Last edited by daddymack; 10-04-2017, 09:35 AM.
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                    Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally used up and worn out, shouting '...man, what a ride!'
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by daddymack View Post

                      hmmm...I've seen 13m diameter, 100' long. but nothing on the order of 300 feet! That's a football field...not a house!
                      Wouldn't it be cool to get NASA to fly a couple of football teams up there or maybe do the next Superbowl up there for a spectacular one time event? Of course there would have to be new rules like no ripping out the 02 t0obs of the other teams players and it would have to be a ground game.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Dr. Tweedbucket View Post
                        Wouldn't it be cool to get NASA to fly a couple of football teams up there or maybe do the next Superbowl up there for a spectacular one time event? Of course there would have to be new rules like no ripping out the 02 t0obs of the other teams players and it would have to be a ground game.
                        A 300' asteroid with the same density as Earth would have a surface gravity of about 0.0000072 gees. A 250 lb. linebacker would weigh 0.0288 ounces or 0.82 grams. If the asteroid were made of iron you might be able to use magnetic boots but one good kick would send the football into space. You could do it on the Moon though, under a dome. I wonder if sports on the Moon would get enough viewers to be economically feasible?
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                        • daddymack
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                          getting a tailgate party together would be tough, though...

                        • DeepEnd
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                          Nah. You set up a huge TV outdoors and park your trucks in front of it. Maybe use a drive-in theater. Create a fake Moonscape and wear spacesuits so it feels like you're really there.

                      • #13
                        And what about Mt.Rainier getting ready to blow some day?

                        I hiked on Rainier a few times. Really cool place.
                        Originally posted by MrKnobs
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