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`Big Beast` Asteroid Close To Earth Today [Pic+]

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Recently detected 2014 HQ124 - The ``Big Beast`` will swing safely past us June 8.

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normalfreak2
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 1332 Posts
Monday, June 9, 2014 7:17:46 AM
Could we detect an exact area of a meteor hit? I don't think we could. I`d assume it would be evacuate an entire state/section of a country.

Sleepyhallow
Male, 50-59, Western US
 1431 Posts
Monday, June 9, 2014 3:45:04 AM
OK. I *KNOW* space is vast but for a sense of true urgency can we agree that, in the future, it is only "Close" when it is inside the moon's orbit and it is only a "Near Miss" when it is inside the orbit of our geosynchronous satellites.

Anything more reactionary is akin to crying "Wolf" and will soon become ignored when it should not.

Draculya
Male, 40-49, Asia
 11488 Posts
Sunday, June 8, 2014 9:08:54 PM
If I was Dr Evil, I'd find a way to hang a solar sail on it and hold the world to ransom.

5Cats
Male, 50-59, Canada
 24115 Posts
Sunday, June 8, 2014 12:51:58 PM
@drawman61: It's not coming very close, and they can pin-point it`s trajectory soon after discovery, eh?

It`s big, but not BIG! It would wipe out a whole city if it hit one though. There would have been time to evacuate had that been the case.

Anyhow, I think it`s cool! Woosh! Missed me by `that much`! (Maxwell Smart voice)

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 11029 Posts
Sunday, June 8, 2014 12:50:04 PM
do you REALLY think anyone 'in the know` would let the rest of the planet know if there WERE a `killah" incoming? doubt it... and honestly, I don`t think I`d WANT to know.


I think it would depend on the size and composition of the potential impactor and point of impact.

For something this size, I think they would because the damage can be mitigated by evacuation. You might lose a town, maybe even a city, but that would be better than losing the town or city and all the inhabitants.

But for a really harmful one, probably not.

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