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Doomsday Determined? Asteroid Apophis Could Strike Earth in 2036
foxnews.com ^ | Feb. 10, 2011 | Michelle Bryner

Posted on 02/10/2011 7:30:31 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY

The date for Armageddon has been set, and it's not going to happen in 2012.

In 2004, NASA scientists announced that there was a chance that Apophis, an asteroid larger than two football fields, could smash into Earth in 2029. A few additional observations and some number-crunching later, astronomers noted that the chance of the planet-killer hitting Earth in 2029 was nearly zilch.

Now Russian scientists estimate Apophis will collide with Earth on April 13, 2036. These reports conflict on the probability of such a doomsday event, but the question remains: How scared should we be?

“Technically, they’re correct, there is a chance in 2036 [that Apophis will hit Earth]," said Donald Yeomans, head of NASA’s Near-Earth Object Program Office. However, that chance is just 1-in-250,000, Yeomans said.

NASA was quick to discount Russia's fears, however. “The situation is that in 2029, April 13, [Apophis] flies very close to the Earth, within five Earth radii, so that will be quite an event, but we’ve already ruled out the possibility of it hitting at that time,” Yeomans told Life’s Little Mysteries, Space.com's sister site.

An artist's concept of a catastrophic asteroid impact with the early Earth. NASA and other space agencies are discussing how would we prevent such asteroids collisions ... and they have some far-out ideas. slideshow

Russia is considering sending a spacecraft to a large asteroid to knock it off its path and prevent a possible collision with Earth. Just how would we prevent asteroids from colliding with Earth?

"No one should worry. Between Mars and Jupiter, we have an asteroid belt. There's all the asteroids going near the sun, and these objects are coming near the earth all the time," Tim Hill, space manager at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa, told MyFoxTampaBay.

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TOPICS: Astronomy; Science
KEYWORDS: 2036; apophis; asteroid; catastrophism
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1 posted on 02/10/2011 7:30:37 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The Obamaroid will kill us long before Apophis gets here.


2 posted on 02/10/2011 7:35:05 PM PST by windsorknot
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Rev 8:8 And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;


3 posted on 02/10/2011 7:35:52 PM PST by Yet_Again
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Well I’ll be in my 70s and will have had a pretty decent run by then.


4 posted on 02/10/2011 7:38:02 PM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Remind me to start thinking about in in 3034.5.


5 posted on 02/10/2011 7:43:12 PM PST by riverrunner
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Wow. 2036. That is a pretty optimistic view of how long the country will last. When Obummer is done with us we will be praying for this rock to hit us from out grass huts.


6 posted on 02/10/2011 7:46:21 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Darn, just before my 75th birthday.


7 posted on 02/10/2011 7:46:53 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Would this still be Bush’s fault?


8 posted on 02/10/2011 7:48:09 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Free ThinkerNY
"No one should worry. Between Mars and Jupiter, we have an asteroid belt. There's all the asteroids going near the sun, and these objects are coming near the earth all the time," Tim Hill, space manager at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa, told MyFoxTampaBay.

Mr. Hill seems to be a little unclear on the concept of "words of reassurance". First he tells us not to worry - then he tells us why we should?
9 posted on 02/10/2011 7:49:24 PM PST by beezdotcom
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To: windsorknot

The way things are going, by then it will just be a matter of a little rock hitting a big rock, no big deal.


10 posted on 02/10/2011 7:52:27 PM PST by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I’ll probably be out of the ability to work by then and goodness knows I won’t have enough money to survive after obastard gets through with us.

Any chance we can move the date up?


11 posted on 02/10/2011 7:57:45 PM PST by Sequoyah101 (Half the people are below average.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

When does Sociality Security run out?


12 posted on 02/10/2011 7:58:50 PM PST by WellyP
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To: WellyP

I hit the wrong button! Social Security!


13 posted on 02/10/2011 7:59:52 PM PST by WellyP
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I thought that the consensus was that they have to see what Apophis does in an upcoming close call (2013, I think). If it threads a needle in the distance between the Earth and the Moon at the time (a 600 mile ‘eye’), then it will certainly strike the Earth and hit in the Pacific in the 2030s.

If it doesn’t, then there is no danger.

And by any standard, as I understand it, there is no danger of Apophis being a planet killer or anything like that. But it would probably be unwise to be vacationing on the West Coast that week.


14 posted on 02/10/2011 8:01:00 PM PST by Ted Grant
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The price of green bananas should start falling a day or two before this thing hits.


15 posted on 02/10/2011 8:01:22 PM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Algore has already promised us that 2016 is the end since humankind failed to follow up on his global warming advice. Who cares about 2036, right Alg?


16 posted on 02/10/2011 8:03:43 PM PST by Rembrandt (.. AND the donkey you rode in on.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
April 13, 2036.

Cool!

Won't have to file an income tax return that year!

17 posted on 02/10/2011 8:10:41 PM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: The Comedian

Ping.


18 posted on 02/10/2011 8:11:13 PM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

It will just be before I turn 70.


19 posted on 02/10/2011 8:13:53 PM PST by Nowhere Man (General James Mattoon Scott, where are you when we need you? We need a regime change.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

I wonder if I should worry about it? I’ll be 100 years old then!


20 posted on 02/10/2011 8:16:27 PM PST by Sen Jack S. Fogbound
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA
Would this still be Bush’s fault?

Yeah--Jeb Bush.

21 posted on 02/10/2011 8:19:11 PM PST by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
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Not to worry. Astrobama will save us.

22 posted on 02/10/2011 8:21:35 PM PST by newheart (The trouble ain't too many fools, but that the lightning ain't distributed right. -Mark Twain)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I feel so much better now.


23 posted on 02/10/2011 8:23:16 PM PST by BlueDragon (smoke 'em if ya' got 'em)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
I watched Stargate: SG-1!
Apophis didn't try to kill us with an asteroid!
Anubis did!

Get your facts straight!

24 posted on 02/10/2011 8:31:11 PM PST by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I wonder if NASA is still confused by that metric-English thing.


25 posted on 02/10/2011 8:35:35 PM PST by meatloaf
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Two football fielda? About like a large atomic bomb, but nothing that will wipe out anything outside of a 50 mile radius or so. Sorry to disappoint all of those eagerly hoping for Armageddon.


26 posted on 02/10/2011 8:38:25 PM PST by Post Toasties (Leftists give insanity a bad name.)
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To: SunkenCiv; CJ Wolf; houeto; Quix; null and void; B4Ranch; Whenifhow; Silentgypsy; FromLori; ...
We-Will-Rock-You-2036-World-Collision-Tour ping.

(Thanks for the ping DuncanWaring!)

"Space Energy/Solar Weirdness" ping.


Ping list dealing with odd space phenomena and solar events.

FReepmail me if you want on or off

The Comedian's "Space Energy/Solar Weirdness" ping list...


Today is a good day to die.
I didn't say for whom.

27 posted on 02/10/2011 8:43:05 PM PST by The Comedian (Muslim Brotherhood = A.N.S.W.E.R = Soros = Obama)
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To: The Comedian

Hey! Maybe this thing could land on some vacant housing tracts in Vegas and change forever the global housing market!


28 posted on 02/10/2011 8:51:52 PM PST by April Lexington (Study the Constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Hmmm... Just one year after Social Security runs dry.


29 posted on 02/10/2011 8:54:13 PM PST by Diver Dave
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I would say its a possibility that we may experience an extreme but temporary magnetic pole shift before the end of this year.

A complete reversal would be....well....a BIG EFFING DEAL!


30 posted on 02/10/2011 8:54:44 PM PST by Eye of Unk ("These people are either at your neck or at your knees" A quote by Winston Churchill)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I picked a bad week to quit smoking. ;)


31 posted on 02/10/2011 8:58:34 PM PST by Redcitizen
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To: Sen Jack S. Fogbound

I remember when I thought my current age was old.


32 posted on 02/10/2011 9:12:29 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: Post Toasties
About 8 times bigger that the largest bomb ever made. In round numbers 400+Mt.

Crater diameter ≈5km.

33 posted on 02/10/2011 9:24:37 PM PST by null and void (We are now in day 751 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: Redcitizen

[[I picked a bad week to quit smoking. ;)
]]

I was thinkin bout quitting, but now I’m too stressed out by the idea that I’ve only got another 20+ years to live- I’ll probably up my cigarette count so that hopefully I die earlier than 2036 as I don’t particularly want to die by getting hit on the head with a rock- how embarrasing


34 posted on 02/10/2011 9:26:04 PM PST by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: windsorknot

“The Obamaroid will kill us long before Apophis gets here.”

Asstronomical fact: The Obamaroid hits Uranus every April 15th.


35 posted on 02/10/2011 9:33:25 PM PST by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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To: The Comedian; SunkenCiv; CJ Wolf; houeto; Quix; null and void; B4Ranch; Whenifhow; Silentgypsy; ...
VFW, Livermore Falls. April 13, 2036. My 104th Birthday Party. I am moving it up from the actual date in September, just in case.

RSVP. Regrets only.

36 posted on 02/10/2011 10:01:46 PM PST by Kenny Bunk (Man up, Mubarak ... you're Air Force!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

On the up side, the earth gets whacked before
the UNIX time stamp rolls over in 2038.


37 posted on 02/10/2011 10:07:31 PM PST by Myrddin
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To: Nowhere Man

S**t! I’ll only be 94—that’s too young to go!


38 posted on 02/10/2011 10:11:33 PM PST by pankot
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Note to self:

Perfectly okay to stay everyday in the year 2036.


39 posted on 02/10/2011 10:59:44 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously..... You won't live through it anyway.)
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To: Diver Dave

“Hmmm... Just one year after Social Security runs dry.”

Maybe we’ve been underestimating the ability of our overlords to plan ahead...No wonder they keep kicking the entitlements crisis down the road.


40 posted on 02/11/2011 2:42:45 AM PST by DrC
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To: Tanniker Smith

Ba’al killed Apophis in Continuum.


41 posted on 02/11/2011 3:39:38 AM PST by hattend (Obama got his 3am call about Egypt. The call went right to the answering machine.- Sarah Palin)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

We need to blast the ‘roid in ‘29.


42 posted on 02/11/2011 4:13:52 AM PST by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: The Comedian

Well, that’s got me worried sick. I’ll only be 89.

Of course, most people in my immediate family died in their 50’s, so I’m already on borrowed time...


43 posted on 02/11/2011 5:50:35 AM PST by TheOldLady ("20 Years Ago Desert Storm began...where were you...?" "I believe I was hitting it." - Lazamataz)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

April 13, 2036 = Easter Sunday in the US.


44 posted on 02/11/2011 6:01:54 AM PST by ConservativeOrBust
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To: Yehuda

lol


45 posted on 02/11/2011 6:15:46 AM PST by windsorknot
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To: The Comedian; Kenny Bunk

Thanks for the pings! Not going to re-ping it though, just added it to the catalog. :')
 
Catastrophism
 
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46 posted on 02/11/2011 5:54:20 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: Ted Grant

“I thought that the consensus was that they have to see what Apophis does in an upcoming close call (2013, I think). If it threads a needle in the distance between the Earth and the Moon at the time (a 600 mile ‘eye’), then it will certainly strike the Earth and hit in the Pacific in the 2030s.”

Surf’s up., Dude!


47 posted on 02/12/2011 1:38:44 PM PST by jessduntno ("That 3 a.m. phone call from Egypt to Obama went right to the answering machine." - Sarah Palin)
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To: CottShop

I don’t actually smkoe but I took that line from the movie Airplane where Lloyd Bridge’s character says he picked a bad week to quit smoking. As the movie progresses he then says he picked a bad week to quit sniffing glue, drugs and a few other things.

But if an asteroid were to drop on my head, i might as well light a cigarette. =)


48 posted on 02/13/2011 7:57:04 PM PST by Redcitizen
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To: Redcitizen

Be sure and smkoe it. :^)


49 posted on 02/13/2011 7:59:58 PM PST by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: eyedigress

lol! I caught other spelling mistakes before I hit “post” but one got by me. =)


50 posted on 02/13/2011 8:43:29 PM PST by Redcitizen
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