Skip to comments.We Are Doomed (in 1.5 million years)
Posted on 03/14/2010 8:07:20 PM PDT by Tom Hawks
The Gliese 710 from the constellation Serpens Cauda is due to arrive in about 1.5 million years, and has an 86 per cent probability of passing through the Oort Cloud, says Vadim Bobylev at the Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory in St. Petersburg.
The prediction is based on analysis of data from the European Space Agency’s Hipparcos astrometric spacecraft, which measured velocities of almost 120,000 stars in the early 1990s, as well as some recent data.
Bobylev analyzed the measured movements of about 35,000 stars in our neighborhood in the time interval from 2 million years in the past to 2 million years in the future. It resulted in adding nine new stars to the list of those which experience close encounters with the Solar system – either in the past or in the future, he reports in a paper published on arXiv.org website.
GL 710 was already known to have a scheduled rendezvous with us. However, Bobylev’s analysis indicates a high chance of passing closer than expected. It even has one chance in 1,000 of approaching close enough to significantly affect objects within the Kuiper Belt, i.e. planets, moons and asteroids. This could be bad news for our descendants.
The Oort Cloud is a hypothetical cloud of comets on the solar system’s boundaries, stretching about one light year away from the sun.
What a way to wreck and perfectly nice weekend.
Gee, like the woman said about Obama’s election, “I won’t have to pay my bills”.
Maybe the author actually meant “Mork from Ork”.
Pam Dawber was as hot as a shooting star.
Again, Bush/Cheny/Rove have doomed us!
I thought trilithium is what you prescribed for severe bi-polars!
Nah, there's nothing wrong with them. That crap about them floating, stranded on icebergs was a hoax of the GW crowd. All the polars are fine, not just the bi ones. :-)
lets get this straight, they are at earth the center of the federation and they are only have one ship around?
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