Asteroid 2005 YU55 Close Approach To Earth

Submitted by: kitteh9lives 5 years ago Science

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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Male 4,902
Well we`re still alive so f*ck you YU55
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Male 12,365
[quote]Angilon: They`ve Gone To Plaid[/quote]

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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Male 17,512
Angilon: They`ve Gone To Plaid

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Male 44
I am pretty sure he said 400 meters wide. 1200 feet.
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Male 12,365
[quote]And about nudging the asteroid, it is A LOT harder and more technologically advanced than you sa[/quote]

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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Male 12,365
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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Male 12,365
[quote]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... [/quote]

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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Male 102
"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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Male 12,365
[quote]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.[/quote]

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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Male 12,365
[quote]If it`s getting that close, the earth will bend the asteroid`s orbit significantly.[/quote]

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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Male 15,510
Repent now!
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Male 212
"Is that where they shot "Golden Eye"?"

Yes, I`ve been there and its big
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Male 5,194

ASTEROID, Y U FIFTY-FIVE?
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Male 14,774
Both the Chinese and the Americans have the technology to nudge it. Fortunately, neither can predict where it`d land.
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Male 616
Aim Rosie O`Donnell at it. She`s the most repulsive force on the planet.
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Male 379
those damn bugs are at it again...
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Male 4,807

That`s to close for comfort..
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Male 1,686
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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Male 210
Is that where they shot "Golden Eye"?
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Male 73
i say we shoot nukes at it. its a terrorist driven asteroid.
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Male 17,512
If it`s getting that close, the earth will bend the asteroid`s orbit significantly.
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Male 636
"Where is Stamper when you need him?"

Harry Stamper already died on the last asteroid heading to earth... Duhh...
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Male 4,594
I hope that goddam thing lands on Oprah.
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Male 130
kitteh plz marry me :)
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Male 6,737
Get underground people!
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Female 8,044
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