Asteroid Discoveries From 1980 - Present

Submitted by: madest 7 years ago in Science

From the looks of it we"re all about to die. This is a good one to watch in HD.
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Male 153
The green mass represents the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Stunning, isn`t it?
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Female 914
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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Female 1,478
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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Male 877
better dection rates?
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Male 286
"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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Male 1,744
yeah, we`re boned
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Male 770
i watched and noticed that it really does look like the world is going down the toilet.
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Male 736
fun
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Male 119
The music in the background is that Justin Bieber song played really really slow right?
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Female 1
All i can think of is Sauron
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Male 142
"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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Female 385
All I can think of is WEEEEEEEEE!
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Male 2,796
Asteroids are not green.
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Male 163
There`s something kind of comforting about the fact that we all go together in that scenerio.
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Male 99
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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Male 229
I wonder how many of these were found with the hubble.
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Male 533
Well poo.
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Male 266
Cosmic toilet
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Male 6,737
"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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Male 1,815
Anyone think this may be a result of improved asteroid-finding technology? I do
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Male 422
I saw at least a couple hundred "asteroiods" pass right through Earth. Where was I when that happened?
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Male 1,678
This would be so much scarier if Bruce Willis didn`t exist.
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Male 1,196
this is stupid. everything is stupid
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Male 1,399
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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Female 535
Anyone up for a game of Asteroids?
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Male 7,378
[quote]A half dozen astrologists in Massachusetts are tracking all those dangerous objects.[/quote]
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That would be "astronomer".
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Male 12
Do you know how many people are monitoring all asteroids which could possibly damage Earth?

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A half dozen astrologists in Massachusetts are tracking all those dangerous objects.
They make me feel extremely safe...
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Male 3,327
"According do [sic] 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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Male 3,327
"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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Male 12
@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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Male 211
soo trippy!!
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Male 256
I am so Glad I believe IN God. Thank you God for showing me your wisdom and understanding.
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Male 1,360
the eye in the sky.
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Female 131
@lukeforv123
...Kinky
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Female 347
There seems to be a lot of crap out there.
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Male 258
Well atleast we know that even is aliens do exist, they`re probably not making it past the astroids.
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Male 6,694
I was watching something like this last night on Discovery.
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Male 198
It makes me want to eat a doughnut.
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Male 516
"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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Female 56
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!)
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Male 2,552
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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Male 959
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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Male 295
I like the 1999 time, where we suddenly started to jump to masive amounts of them.
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Male 83
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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Female 3,828
Very cool. Thanks for the "watch in HD" tip, IAB!!
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Male 2,424
@ 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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Male 12,365
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
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Male 341
@goaliejerry
Double rainbow all the way
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Male 12,365
[quote]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.[/quote]

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
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Male 12,138
Goalie:

1) What have you been smoking, and:
2) Can I please have some.
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Male 4,014
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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Male 12,138
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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Male 1,071
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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Male 12,138
[quote]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![/quote]
Earl_Grey, if I wasn`t already married, I`d ask you to marry me. Much love.
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Female 131
*I can`t think of a better incentive, is what I meant to say. Sorry, it`s really late.
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Female 131
@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!
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Male 2,422
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.
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Male 322
mmmm.....
mint donut...
gglllghh........
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Male 2,441
Unbelievable knowing all that is out there.
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Male 2,424
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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Male 12,138
"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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Male 12,138
[quote]Where are the other planets??[/quote]
The Asteroid Belt is between the inner and outer planets, between Mars and Jupiter. Only the four inner planets are shown.

[quote]thank god for Jupiter![/quote]
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.

[quote]I loved how the cone of discovery depended on the earth`s position, and how as time went on the discovering became more efficient. [/quote]
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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Male 10,338
"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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Male 3,745
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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Male 316
That was uninformative. Who`s the idiot that puts this kind of info in this perspective?
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Male 25,417
didnt htey just take this off winamp :)
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Female 282
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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Male 232
Wow. I need to go drop some acid and rewatch this.
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Male 4,014
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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Male 85
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.
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Male 362
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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Male 351
Thank you gizmodo.
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Male 1,451
Thank you GhettoNinja
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Male 378
its not even that bad... considering how many times we got pwned by asteroids
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Female 668
thank god for Jupiter!
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Male 2,440
It would be WISE to keep an eye on the skies...

Astronomy nerds will know the joke, damn it.
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Male 15,510
That would make a cool screensaver
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Male 39,556
This was less than "stellar"
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Male 20
No... the red ones cross earth`s orbit, the yellows come very close, and the greens do not.
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Male 303
@tlshaman
These are discoveries.
They are not just appearing.

@SaltyVarnish
They are further out past the asteroid belt.
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Male 541
on a scale of 1 to 10 that music was real creepy
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Male 1,548
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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Male 18
@tlshaman
Asteroid "Discoveries". Not creations.
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Male 588
I think that we just got a lot better at spotting asteroids over the last 30 years.
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Male 886
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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Male 378
fake... how can there be THAT many more asteroids in just twenty years considering how old our solar system is
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Male 1,244
patchouly, I don`t think you understand how serious this is! :P
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Male 678
Where are the other planets??
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Male 838
Holy crap. We`re in a d*mn shooting gallery.
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Male 4,745
"...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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Male 7,378
Link: Asteroid Discoveries From 1980 - Present [Rate Link] - From the looks of it we`re all about to die. This is a good one to watch in HD.
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