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Date: 08/29/10 06:00 PM

91 Responses to Asteroid Discoveries From 1980 – Present

  1. Profile photo of madest
    madest Male 40-49
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    August 29, 2010 at 4:11 pm
    Link: Asteroid Discoveries From 1980 - Present - From the looks of it we`re all about to die. This is a good one to watch in HD.
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    patchouly Male 40-49
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    August 29, 2010 at 6:03 pm
    "...all about to die."

    About to?!? Like this stuff hasn`t been around for hundreds of thousands of years, or more?
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    AnImbroglio Male 30-39
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    August 29, 2010 at 6:06 pm
    Holy crap. We`re in a d*mn shooting gallery.
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    SaltyVarnish Male 18-29
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    August 29, 2010 at 6:07 pm
    Where are the other planets??
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    JumboCookie Male 18-29
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    August 29, 2010 at 6:12 pm
    patchouly, I don`t think you understand how serious this is! :P
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    tlshaman Male 13-17
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    August 29, 2010 at 6:12 pm
    fake... how can there be THAT many more asteroids in just twenty years considering how old our solar system is
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    GhettoNinja Male 30-39
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    August 29, 2010 at 6:18 pm
    Asteroids aren`t the real threat..it`s that damn ufo that comes out blasting away at you when you`re shooting the asteroids that is the real threat.
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    KekS Male 18-29
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    August 29, 2010 at 6:19 pm
    I think that we just got a lot better at spotting asteroids over the last 30 years.
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    get2chopper Male 18-29
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    August 29, 2010 at 6:24 pm
    @tlshaman
    Asteroid "Discoveries". Not creations.
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    Volsunga Male 18-29
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    August 29, 2010 at 6:34 pm
    The green ones are the ones that are maybe the size of an suv, the actual big ones were the red ones. the scale is really thrown off in that vid.
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    dave32891 Male 18-29
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    August 29, 2010 at 6:40 pm
    on a scale of 1 to 10 that music was real creepy
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    raven_mac Male 18-29
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    August 29, 2010 at 6:41 pm
    @tlshaman
    These are discoveries.
    They are not just appearing.

    @SaltyVarnish
    They are further out past the asteroid belt.
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    FlyingWalrus Male 18-29
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    August 29, 2010 at 6:44 pm
    No... the red ones cross earth`s orbit, the yellows come very close, and the greens do not.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    August 29, 2010 at 6:53 pm
    This was less than "stellar"
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    August 29, 2010 at 7:12 pm
    That would make a cool screensaver
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    Pooptart19 Male 18-29
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    August 29, 2010 at 7:13 pm
    It would be WISE to keep an eye on the skies...

    Astronomy nerds will know the joke, damn it.
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    B-b-beccah Female 18-29
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    August 29, 2010 at 7:13 pm
    thank god for Jupiter!
  18. Profile photo of tlshaman
    tlshaman Male 13-17
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    August 29, 2010 at 7:24 pm
    its not even that bad... considering how many times we got pwned by asteroids
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    Spider_sol Male 18-29
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    August 29, 2010 at 7:30 pm
    Thank you GhettoNinja
  20. Profile photo of ZNaught
    ZNaught Male 13-17
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    August 29, 2010 at 7:42 pm
    Thank you gizmodo.
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    thebandit Male 18-29
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    August 29, 2010 at 8:06 pm
    this model doesn`t accurately depict the size of the planets and asteroids. We could be flying strait through all that poo and probably never hit anything
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    greguire Male 18-29
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    August 29, 2010 at 8:12 pm
    these asteroids aren`t just being "materialized" out of empty space, they are either being discovered and entered into a database system, or subsequent collisions make single asteroids into new, smaller fragments. and yes, the scale is largely misrepresented here.
  23. Profile photo of goaliejerry
    goaliejerry Male 30-39
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    August 29, 2010 at 8:14 pm
    That was awesome. I loved how the cone of discovery depended on the earth`s position, and how as time went on the discovering became more efficient.

    CAN YOU IMAGINE THE VIEW GOD HAS OF THE UNIVERSE? It must be sick!
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    pizzaroll Male 18-29
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    August 29, 2010 at 8:23 pm
    Wow. I need to go drop some acid and rewatch this.
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    sylphies Female 18-29
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    August 29, 2010 at 8:38 pm
    makes that entire big bang theory plausible lol.

    With how many asteroids there are, how have we NOT gotten creamed by a ton of these things? I guess we`re lucky most of it burns up when it`s entering the atmosphere.

    Also, Space travel is gonna suck if it happens. look at all those asteroids.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    August 29, 2010 at 8:43 pm
    didnt htey just take this off winamp :)
  27. Profile photo of tws8631
    tws8631 Male 50-59
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    August 29, 2010 at 8:48 pm
    That was uninformative. Who`s the idiot that puts this kind of info in this perspective?
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    collegebound Male 18-29
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    August 29, 2010 at 9:00 pm
    isnt there actualy an asteroid that the whole planet is supposed to be concerned about? ive heard that its bigger than the one that took out the dinosaurs and something about if it gets to close to earth our gravitational pull will slingshot it back around and its supposed to hit us...

    just food for thought

    still an awesome clip >.> i want to find a way to project this onto my bedroom cieling for cheap >.>
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    August 29, 2010 at 9:06 pm
    "CAN YOU IMAGINE THE VIEW GOD HAS OF THE UNIVERSE? It must be sick!"

    New respect GJ.

    The Earth is bombarded with asteroids daily. 99.999% of them burn up though.
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    davymid Male 30-39
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    August 29, 2010 at 9:09 pm
    Where are the other planets??
    The Asteroid Belt is between the inner and outer planets, between Mars and Jupiter. Only the four inner planets are shown.

    thank god for Jupiter!
    True dat, but Jupiter only helps vacuum up comets and other bodies on highly elliptical solar orbits. It doesn`t help us much with stray asteroids (say from collisions etc) coming from the Asteroid Belt.

    I loved how the cone of discovery depended on the earth`s position, and how as time went on the discovering became more efficient.
    Loved that too GJ. Also, may have been my imagination, but it seemed that there were "blooms" of more discoveries at around the "3 oclock" to "2 oclock" positions, especially toward the later years. Any astronomy buffs care to explain why this is? My guess is summer in the northern hemisphere, where most observatories are... clear skies and all that.
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    davymid Male 30-39
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    August 29, 2010 at 9:13 pm
    "That was uninformative. Who`s the idiot that puts this kind of info in this perspective?"

    With all due respect tws, I wouldn`t expect someone with your avatar to find this informative.

    Also, interestingly, new research released this week suggests that it was a double impact that wiped out the dinosaurs, thousands of years apart... Maybe more impacts, who knows? Well, I found it interesting, but then I`m a geologist...
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    RoboPatton Male 30-39
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    August 29, 2010 at 9:27 pm
    Cool, all my time playing "asteroids" will finally be worth something! Now I just need a triangle shaped space ship. Get to work science.
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    Inter237 Male 18-29
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    August 29, 2010 at 9:36 pm
    Unbelievable knowing all that is out there.
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    rbt_food Male 18-29
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    August 29, 2010 at 9:45 pm
    mmmm.....
    mint donut...
    gglllghh........
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    xiquiripat Male 18-29
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    August 29, 2010 at 9:49 pm
    Man, we get smacked and it`s all over for us. Everything we`ve ever loved, built, and dreamed snuffed out in cosmological snap of the fingers. And for all the trillion trillion ages to come it will be as if we never existed at all, simply forgotten for an eternity before the universe itself sputters and dies. Kinda depressing when you think about it.
  36. Profile photo of Earl_Grey
    Earl_Grey Female 18-29
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    August 29, 2010 at 10:00 pm
    @xiquiripat
    Depressing or inspirational, depending on how you look at it. I can`t better incentive to go out and do stuff, change the world, and just enjoy life, than knowing it could all disappear in the blink of an eye? Live in the moment, dude, carpe diem!
  37. Profile photo of Earl_Grey
    Earl_Grey Female 18-29
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    August 29, 2010 at 10:01 pm
    *I can`t think of a better incentive, is what I meant to say. Sorry, it`s really late.
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    davymid Male 30-39
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    August 29, 2010 at 10:43 pm
    I can`t think of a better incentive to go out and do stuff, change the world, and just enjoy life, than knowing it could all disappear in the blink of an eye? Live in the moment, dude, carpe diem!
    Earl_Grey, if I wasn`t already married, I`d ask you to marry me. Much love.
  39. Profile photo of lukeforv123
    lukeforv123 Male 18-29
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    August 29, 2010 at 11:22 pm
    all I can do now, is watch some porn and go to bed.

    I wish I could do a little more, now.

    Maybe I`ll play with my dog instead of myself.
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    davymid Male 30-39
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    August 29, 2010 at 11:24 pm
    TMI Luke, but you do what have to do. Just make sure it`s legal, and please don`t hurt the dog.
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    goaliejerry Male 30-39
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    August 29, 2010 at 11:27 pm
    My "God" is the "order" of things, nothing more. There is structure in existence, rules that govern what it is to be. Those rules appear constant as shown by scientific predictability, including the existence of morality in human thought.

    If I didn`t create everything (and I`m pretty sure I didn`t), then something else did. I live bounded by "rules" not of my own making, both physical and metaphysical, and those rules are my god.

    I mean, every thing I see has an existence all its own separate from my observations. A rock exists even if no one is around to feel it or see it or think about it. That rock must be held together by rules separate from humans. Those rules are god.
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    davymid Male 30-39
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    August 29, 2010 at 11:45 pm
    Goalie:

    1) What have you been smoking, and:
    2) Can I please have some.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    August 30, 2010 at 1:31 am
    With how many asteroids there are, how have we NOT gotten creamed by a ton of these things? I guess we`re lucky most of it burns up when it`s entering the atmosphere.

    Yes, that takes care of the small stuff and most of it is small stuff.

    Jupiter sucks in a lot of the stuff that would otherwise have come in from the outer areas. Most of the rest simply misses - the Earth is very small on a solar system scale and its gravitational field isn`t that high.

    But sooner or later there will be another big impact unless we stop it. If it happens soon and we can`t stop it, we`re screwed. Contempory civilisation is not up to dealing with that. Technology can fix the problem, though. If you can detect one soon enough and you can get something out to it, you can deflect it. You don`t have to deflect it much.

    Sci-fi ignores simple kinetic energy too much. If you want to ruin civilisation on a planet, the easiest way is to shove rocks at it fro
  44. Profile photo of Calummac
    Calummac Male 13-17
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    August 30, 2010 at 1:37 am
    @goaliejerry
    Double rainbow all the way
  45. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
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    August 30, 2010 at 1:44 am
    Here`s an interesting hypothesis about the effect of a really major asteroid impact on a planet quite similar to Earth. It`s more than a bit disturbing.

    It should be more like Earth, but it isn`t
  46. Profile photo of RoboPatton
    RoboPatton Male 30-39
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    August 30, 2010 at 1:50 am
    @ goaliejerry- then your God is reality. Reality is bound to what we know, through senses and ponderings based on such. To "believers" the world has a whole extra dimension.

    (BTW-I speak stoner when I am stoned lol)
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    xxPinkxx Female 18-29
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    August 30, 2010 at 2:29 am
    Very cool. Thanks for the "watch in HD" tip, IAB!!
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    Piechartepic Male 18-29
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    August 30, 2010 at 3:13 am
    I wuz watching earth all the time and it wuz tence...i wuz makeing all kind of sounds like urgh!!! negh!!! naaaha!!!
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    ADRUNKHOBO Male 18-29
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    August 30, 2010 at 3:25 am
    I like the 1999 time, where we suddenly started to jump to masive amounts of them.
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    bankvole Male 30-39
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    August 30, 2010 at 3:30 am
    Its all a matter of scale. And the scale in this graphic is so far out that it has no credibility whatsoever. So we are about 10-20 times the diameter of the earth away from the sun? Really?
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    TruTenrMan Male 30-39
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    August 30, 2010 at 5:28 am
    I have a hard time believing this. I agree with bankvole, it`s all a matter of scale; to which they never refer to.
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    twiztidkitty Female 18-29
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    August 30, 2010 at 5:53 am
    I also agree with bankvole. They also don`t mention that the majority of them are very small. I do like how it looks like everything is just circling the drain! :) (yes, I know it has to do with the gravity pull from the sun, that doesn`t make it any less cool looking!)
  53. Profile photo of JJXanadu
    JJXanadu Male 30-39
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    August 30, 2010 at 5:55 am
    "Its all a matter of scale."

    I don`t believe scale is necessary to get a clear picture here. Clearly the asteroids are being discovered, mostly, between the 4th and 5th orbits, which puts them between Mars and Jupiter. Could it be more precise with a better scale, sure. Does it need to be? Not really.
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    daverazor Male 50-59
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    August 30, 2010 at 6:08 am
    It makes me want to eat a doughnut.
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    meepmaker Male 30-39
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    August 30, 2010 at 6:26 am
    I was watching something like this last night on Discovery.
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    TheTrees Male 13-17
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    August 30, 2010 at 6:29 am
    Well atleast we know that even is aliens do exist, they`re probably not making it past the astroids.
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    beccab86 Female 18-29
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    August 30, 2010 at 6:54 am
    There seems to be a lot of crap out there.
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    Earl_Grey Female 18-29
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    August 30, 2010 at 7:13 am
    @lukeforv123
    ...Kinky
  59. Profile photo of PierreJeanFR
    PierreJeanFR Male 40-49
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    August 30, 2010 at 7:39 am
    the eye in the sky.
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    fattpill Male 30-39
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    August 30, 2010 at 7:44 am
    I am so Glad I believe IN God. Thank you God for showing me your wisdom and understanding.
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    J_Action Male 18-29
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    August 30, 2010 at 8:12 am
    soo trippy!!
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    Hammersley19 Male 18-29
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    August 30, 2010 at 8:23 am
    @Goaliejerry: " A rock exists even if no one is around to feel it or see it or think about it."

    According do Quantum theory the rock both exists, doesn`t exist and everything in between. It exists in all possible states until it is observed. Schrodinger said it, so it must be true.
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    Rick_S Male 40-49
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    August 30, 2010 at 8:24 am
    "I am so Glad I believe IN God. Thank you God for showing me your wisdom and understanding."

    Not that I`m saying it`s wrong or right to believe in God, but I`m curious. What about this video has you thinking about God?
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    Rick_S Male 40-49
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    August 30, 2010 at 8:31 am
    "According do Quantum theory the rock both exists, doesn`t exist and everything in between. It exists in all possible states until it is observed. Schrodinger said it, so it must be true."

    I think he meant that it is possible for it to be in both states. I don`t think he actually believed the cat to be both dead and alive. A cat can`t be both dead and alive at the same time. It must be either dead or alive. We just have no way of knowing which it is until it is observed.
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    chipzah0i Male 18-29
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    August 30, 2010 at 8:59 am
    Do you know how many people are monitoring all asteroids which could possibly damage Earth?

    6

    A half dozen astrologists in Massachusetts are tracking all those dangerous objects.
    They make me feel extremely safe...
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    madest Male 40-49
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    August 30, 2010 at 9:06 am
    A half dozen astrologists in Massachusetts are tracking all those dangerous objects.
    ------------
    That would be "astronomer".
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    GiveChase Female 18-29
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    August 30, 2010 at 9:33 am
    Anyone up for a game of Asteroids?
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    Baelzar Male 40-49
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    August 30, 2010 at 9:34 am
    Good reason to pursue getting ourselves off this planet.

    "The Earth is just too small and fragile a basket for the human race to keep all its eggs in."
    -Robert Heinlein
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    tatripp Male 18-29
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    August 30, 2010 at 10:58 am
    this is stupid. everything is stupid
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    paddy215 Male 18-29
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    August 30, 2010 at 10:59 am
    This would be so much scarier if Bruce Willis didn`t exist.
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    Lblaxplaya20 Male 18-29
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    August 30, 2010 at 11:18 am
    I saw at least a couple hundred "asteroiods" pass right through Earth. Where was I when that happened?
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    Crucible Male 18-29
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    August 30, 2010 at 11:53 am
    Anyone think this may be a result of improved asteroid-finding technology? I do
  73. Profile photo of Buiadh
    Buiadh Male 30-39
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    August 30, 2010 at 12:24 pm
    "I saw at least a couple hundred "asteroiods" pass right through Earth. Where was I when that happened?"

    Luckily the universe isnt a 2D plain as you see here....
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    dracokain Male 18-29
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    August 30, 2010 at 1:01 pm
    Cosmic toilet
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    razlem Male 13-17
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    August 30, 2010 at 1:29 pm
    Well poo.
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    Abandonnez Male 18-29
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    August 30, 2010 at 2:53 pm
    I wonder how many of these were found with the hubble.
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    bleong Male 30-39
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    August 30, 2010 at 3:01 pm
    There is a problem of size/scale. This makes it seem like there is more asteroids than empty space, which is not even close to true.

    Yes, there are many, many asteroids out there, but the pixel size is misleading on how filled the sky is.
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    BigPappa Male 40-49
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    August 30, 2010 at 4:03 pm
    There`s something kind of comforting about the fact that we all go together in that scenerio.
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    splurbyburbl Male 30-39
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    August 30, 2010 at 4:30 pm
    Asteroids are not green.
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    BlueJack Female 18-29
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    August 30, 2010 at 4:36 pm
    All I can think of is WEEEEEEEEE!
  81. Profile photo of i-am-ninja
    i-am-ninja Male 18-29
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    August 30, 2010 at 7:34 pm
    "There is a problem of size/scale. This makes it seem like there is more asteroids than empty space, which is not even close to true.

    Yes, there are many, many asteroids out there, but the pixel size is misleading on how filled the sky is."

    You`re forgetting the image doesn`t show depth so it is all placed on top of each other. There is nothing wrong with the scale
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    toesoflove1 Female 18-29
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    August 30, 2010 at 7:55 pm
    All i can think of is Sauron
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    romanwho Male 13-17
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    August 30, 2010 at 8:15 pm
    The music in the background is that Justin Bieber song played really really slow right?
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    hi2pi Male 30-39
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    August 30, 2010 at 10:37 pm
    fun
  85. Profile photo of inversegrav
    inversegrav Male 30-39
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    August 31, 2010 at 8:11 am
    i watched and noticed that it really does look like the world is going down the toilet.
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    phoneybone Male 18-29
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    August 31, 2010 at 9:12 pm
    yeah, we`re boned
  87. Profile photo of zazuch
    zazuch Male 18-29
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    September 1, 2010 at 12:13 am
    "thank god for Jupiter!"

    Actually no not thank god. If it wasn`t for Jupiter the asteroid belt would most likely not be there but be another rocky planet like earth Venus mars or mercury. But its theorized that the gravitational pull from Jupiter and Mars didn`t allow this asteroids to hit each other and form another rocky planet.

    Also for the people talking about space travel. It looks like you couldn`t walk through the asteroid belt with out hitting one. That is again the scale. If it was correct you would realize that typically there is thousands of miles between each asteroid no to mention its not just a thin band but it is rather THICK ex thousands of miles tall so they are all really spread out and would easily be navigable.

    "I saw at least a couple hundred "asteroids" pass right through Earth. Where was I when that happened?" Again scale and have to think in 3d. They may have passed above and the "hits" you see c
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    aseirinn Male 70 & Over
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    September 1, 2010 at 2:12 am
    better dection rates?
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    Atrayu4u Female 18-29
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    September 2, 2010 at 3:55 pm
    Monday, August 30, 2010 10:59:47 AM
    This would be so much scarier if Bruce Willis didn`t exist.

    I love you, paddy215.
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    fishgul69 Female 18-29
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    September 4, 2010 at 9:43 am
    that looked really hypnotic towards the end. when the vid stopped, I still saw the image moving, lol. what does the green mass represent?
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    plurr4all Male 18-29
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    September 7, 2010 at 1:18 pm
    The green mass represents the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Stunning, isn`t it?

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