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The_Architect

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Scientists have moved closer to being able to stop a huge asteroid colliding with the Earth and potentially wiping out human life.

Researchers at the University of Tennessee have discovered that blowing the space rock up could make the collision worse by causing several devastating impacts.
Instead, small changes could be made to its surface to disrupt the forces keeping it together and cause it to break up in outer space.
They were studying asteroid 1950 DA, which has a one in 300 chance of hitting the planet on 16 March, 2880.


http://www.independent.co.uk/news/s...ves-towards-earth-scientists-say-9670910.html

Given that I was planning on still being alive in 865 years this really put a damper on my day. :realmad:
 

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Researchers at the University of Tennessee have discovered that blowing the space rock up could make the collision worse by causing several devastating impacts.
Didn't we learn this long ago?

[video=youtube;cZfsnA7dAHI]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZfsnA7dAHI[/video]
 

The_Architect

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I hope it lands on Fargo.

The asteroid has a diameter of one kilometre and is travelling at nine miles a second relative to the Earth, which it would hit at 38,000 miles per hour.
The impact would have a force of around 44,800 megatonnes of TNT and cause a huge explosion, tsunamis and change the climate of the globe, devastating human life.
 

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The asteroid has a diameter of one kilometre and is travelling at nine miles a second relative to the Earth, which it would hit at 38,000 miles per hour.
The impact would have a force of around 44,800 megatonnes of TNT and cause a huge explosion, tsunamis and change the climate of the globe, devastating human life.

Yeah, but it would hit LakeBison first.
 

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Well, I guess that gives the human race about 800 years to figure out how to prevent that. Considering the scientific leaps made in the last 800, I like our chances.
 

cowgirl836

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well I guess I'll rip up that contract then. No use building a house if it's going to get destroyed in 800 years!
 

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Well, I guess that gives the human race about 800 years to figure out how to prevent that. Considering the scientific leaps made in the last 800, I like our chances.
Didn't you watch Jurassic Park? It isn't the asteroid in front of you that should scare you. It's the one you don't see that will get you.

 

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The asteroid has a diameter of one kilometre and is travelling at nine miles a second relative to the Earth, which it would hit at 38,000 miles per hour.
The impact would have a force of around 44,800 megatonnes of TNT and cause a huge explosion, tsunamis and change the climate of the globe, devastating human life.
I hope it lands on Fargo.
 

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1 in 300 chance. We'll either have the technology by then, or will have blown ourselves up.