Give ne back my hat!

Asteroid Alert!

This is only a test.

https://www.space.com/38441-asteroid-2012-tc4-gives-earth-close-shave.html

But for people living in Texas, Alabama, and Mississippi, you should go outside and shoot your guns at it like it was a hurricane.
Permalink Send private email xampl9 
October 12th, 2017 1:46pm
Interesting -- just beyond geo-sync orbit.  Yikes, that's close.

The Arecibo observatory, in Puerto-Rico, was doing a radar imaging mapping of close earth objects (CEO).  I understand the recent hurricane dropped the central electrical element into the dish, so it's out of commission until it can be repaired.

In any event, if it HAD impacted our atmosphere, it would have broken up as a fire-ball.  Still, we need to keep track of this stuff.  We don't want a civilization ending event to happen by surprise.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
October 12th, 2017 2:04pm
It was over Antarctica, so what's a little more icecap melting, eh?

I'm sure they've thought of "Would it be worse to blow it up, or let it come in in one piece?"

But until we get 100k people living on Mars or Luna, the species is at risk of going the way of the dinosaurs.
Permalink Send private email xampl9 
October 12th, 2017 2:45pm
>We don't want a civilization ending event to happen by surprise.

If we can't do anything about it then perhaps that would be better.
Permalink libtard_uk 
October 12th, 2017 3:00pm
If we knew it was coming we could all be more nice to one another for a little while.

Then we could hug, and sweetly say goodbye.


I'm sure that's how it would work.
Permalink Legion 
October 12th, 2017 3:46pm
Hubble

Why do we need to keep track of this stuff?
Permalink X 
October 12th, 2017 4:19pm
Why do you not paint the windshield of your car black?

Could it be because you want to see stuff coming?  So you can avoid it?

That's why.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
October 14th, 2017 3:06pm
Or at the very least, do something about it?
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
October 14th, 2017 3:07pm
Hey, you know, the Dinosaurs didn't have electricity and artificial light.

So if humans had enough warning, maybe they'd be able to stockpile enough resources to live through it.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
October 14th, 2017 3:08pm
What could we do?
Permalink X 
October 14th, 2017 6:12pm
Stockpile.  Resources.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
October 14th, 2017 6:19pm
Interesting. Okay let's keep
Monitoring
Permalink X 
October 14th, 2017 6:23pm
If it can detected far enough away, the energy required to cause it to miss becomes more feasible.
Permalink Qaz 
October 15th, 2017 3:18am
+1 Qaz.  This is also true.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
October 15th, 2017 12:35pm