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Date: 11/07/11 11:15 AM

26 Responses to Asteroid 2005 YU55 Close Approach To Earth

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    kitteh9lives Female 70 & Over
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    November 7, 2011 at 9:29 am
    Link: Asteroid 2005 YU55 Close Approach To Earth - An aircraft carrier-sized asteroid will make a close approach to the earth tomorrow. Where`s Stamper when you need him?
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    Buiadh Male 30-39
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    November 7, 2011 at 11:22 am
    Get underground people!
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    panzerlancer Male 18-29
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    November 7, 2011 at 11:28 am
    kitteh plz marry me :)
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    pmarren Male 40-49
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    November 7, 2011 at 11:31 am
    I hope that goddam thing lands on Oprah.
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    HI-haole Male 18-29
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    November 7, 2011 at 12:16 pm
    "Where is Stamper when you need him?"

    Harry Stamper already died on the last asteroid heading to earth... Duhh...
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    November 7, 2011 at 12:53 pm
    If it`s getting that close, the earth will bend the asteroid`s orbit significantly.
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    trig45 Male 18-29
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    November 7, 2011 at 1:07 pm
    i say we shoot nukes at it. its a terrorist driven asteroid.
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    scapegoat7 Male 18-29
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    November 7, 2011 at 1:51 pm
    Is that where they shot "Golden Eye"?
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    earthshone Male 18-29
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    November 7, 2011 at 2:09 pm
    aw c`mon its just big`ol rock! how much damage can it really do? I`m in the U.S.A. a SUPER POWER - no way we can`t handle ONE piddly rock.
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    a1butcher Male 40-49
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    November 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    That`s to close for comfort..
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    stagefreak Male 18-29
    379 posts
    November 7, 2011 at 2:55 pm
    those damn bugs are at it again...
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    botfly Male 50-59
    616 posts
    November 7, 2011 at 3:28 pm
    Aim Rosie O`Donnell at it. She`s the most repulsive force on the planet.
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    Draculya Male 40-49
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    November 7, 2011 at 3:42 pm
    Both the Chinese and the Americans have the technology to nudge it. Fortunately, neither can predict where it`d land.
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    duffytoler Male 40-49
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    November 7, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    ASTEROID, Y U FIFTY-FIVE?
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    Cataclism0 Male 18-29
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    November 7, 2011 at 4:42 pm
    "Is that where they shot "Golden Eye"?"

    Yes, I`ve been there and its big
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
    15511 posts
    November 7, 2011 at 6:35 pm
    Repent now!
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    November 7, 2011 at 7:21 pm
    If it`s getting that close, the earth will bend the asteroid`s orbit significantly.

    And predictably, thanks to science. Its movement has been mapped for the next 100 years already.

    You`ll still need a fair-sized telescope to see it. After all, it is over 200,000 miles away at the nearest point. This one isn`t a danger. One will be, sooner or later, but not this one.

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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    November 7, 2011 at 7:31 pm
    aw c`mon its just big`ol rock! how much damage can it really do? I`m in the U.S.A. a SUPER POWER - no way we can`t handle ONE piddly rock.

    You`re joking, right? A major asteroid impact would be an extinction level event. One this size wouldn`t be, but it would be capable of destroying a major city. Total destruction, city replaced with an impact crater, millions dead.

    But it`s most likely that if one is coming it will be detected early enough to be able to nudge it out of the way. Doesn`t take much if you hit it far enough out.
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    nycballa890 Male 13-17
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    November 7, 2011 at 8:38 pm
    "aw c`mon its just big`ol ro...

    You`re joking, right? A major asteroid impact would be an extinction level event. One this size wouldn`t be, but it would be capable of destroying a major city. Total destruction, city replaced with an impact crater, millions dead.

    But it`s most likely that if one is coming it will be detected early enough to be able to nudge it out of the way. Doesn`t take much if you hit it far enough out."

    Ok, this asteroid CAN wipe out millions of people on impact. It`s aftermaths however can absolutely wipe out humanity. If it hits earth, earth can be nudged in which natural balance in our atmospheres and planet can be severely disrupted. Example: the asteroid can hit earth and earth will be moved from its natural position, making it closer or farther from the sun. Climate everywhere changes drastically and people die cause so...
    And about nudging the asteroid, it is A LOT harder and more technologically advanced than you sa
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    November 7, 2011 at 9:50 pm
    Ok, this asteroid CAN wipe out millions of people on impact. It`s aftermaths however can absolutely wipe out humanity. If it hits earth, earth can be nudged in which natural balance in our atmospheres and planet can be severely disrupted. Example: the asteroid can hit earth and earth will be moved from its natural position, making it closer or farther from the sun. Climate everywhere changes drastically and people die cause so...

    An asteroid ~400 feet wide is not going to alter the orbit of a planet that`s about 40 million feet wide. Not unless it has been artificially accelerated to ludicrous speeds and probably not even then - I think if it was going fast enough to have a enough kinetic energy to significantly move the planet, it would punch a hole in it instead.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    November 7, 2011 at 9:57 pm
    Asteroid impact can cause climate changes, but that`s from the amount of dust thrown up from the impact crater. The Earth stays in the same place, but it`s cooled by the dust reducing the amount of energy reaching the surface - the "nuclear winter" scenario.

    But not from an asteroid 400 feet wide. Not even close. Not unless it had vastly more kinetic energy than it should (unfeasible density and/or speed).
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    November 7, 2011 at 10:05 pm
    And about nudging the asteroid, it is A LOT harder and more technologically advanced than you sa

    Only because our spacefaring technology is in its infancy. The basic principles are very straightforward.

    Whether it could be implemented would depend on how much warning we had. Which is why various agencies are tracking as many larger NEOs as possible - they`re after predicting impact chances 100 years in advance. Not that anyone is expecting any major impact within the next few millenia, but it`s worth having as much warning as possible.

    With 100 years warning, no problem.
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    tuckerd12 Male 30-39
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    November 8, 2011 at 3:44 am
    I am pretty sure he said 400 meters wide. 1200 feet.
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    November 8, 2011 at 8:17 am
    Angilon: They`ve Gone To Plaid

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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    November 8, 2011 at 5:13 pm
    Angilon: They`ve Gone To Plaid

    I`d forgotten about the plaid thing in Spaceballs. Nice follow-on reference from "ludicrous speed".

    I think I`ll rent that film and watch it again. I only remember snippets, like when the Imperial forces arrested the stunt doubles. Hilariously ridiculous film.
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    xCYBERDYNEx Male 18-29
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    November 9, 2011 at 4:01 am
    Well we`re still alive so f*ck you YU55

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