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Nasa video shows just how close asteroid will come to hitting Earth
DilayMailUK ^ | UPDATED: 10:11 EST, 8 February 2013

Posted on 02/09/2013 9:15:04 AM PST by BenLurkin

U.S. space agency Nasa has released a frightening new video showing just how close a massive asteroid will come to slamming into the Earth next week.

There are just seven days left until the 150ft-wide, 130,000 ton asteroid buzzes past our planet so close its trajectory will take it inside the orbit of communications and weather satellites.

It will be the nearest known flyby for an object of this size. But scientists promise the threatening space rock come no nearer than 17,100 miles from Earth when it zips past next Friday.

'No Earth impact is possible,' said Donald Yeomans, manager of NASA's Near-Earth Object program at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

However, he added, its journey through space will bring it so close to our planet that stargazers from Eastern Europe to Australia will be able to see it with just a pair of binoculars.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Science
KEYWORDS: 2012da14; asteroid; catastrophism; neo
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1 posted on 02/09/2013 9:15:13 AM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Darn thing is on a trajectory right for Mecca but then veers off. Sheesh.


2 posted on 02/09/2013 9:20:19 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

Any chance we can push it for a landing say at N38 53.7468 W77 2.19


3 posted on 02/09/2013 9:22:09 AM PST by Mouton (108th MI Group.....68-71)
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To: BenLurkin

And if - by some off chance - it happens to hit Earth, you can count on Democrats to do three things:

1. Blame Bush
2. Call for tighter emissions on greenhouse gasses (cause you know global warming will have caused it, right?)
3. And call for more social spending for women and children because they are always “hit hardest” in times of national tragedy.


4 posted on 02/09/2013 9:23:19 AM PST by Stingray (Stand for the truth or you'll fall for anything.)
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To: BenLurkin

Does this thing have any “camp followers?” Any tag alongs that might be “unexpected?”


5 posted on 02/09/2013 9:26:23 AM PST by stboz
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To: BenLurkin

All sorts of vivid and interesting astronomical phenomena on the slate for 2013, aren’t there?

One more near-Earth asteroid after this and two comets, one of which is projected to be as bright as the moon, visible in broad daylight.

I guess we’ll see if the ancient dread has any basis, now won’t we, lol?


6 posted on 02/09/2013 9:27:32 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: BenLurkin

Cool POV. Looks like its going to hit Antarctica. Then slips past the planet.


7 posted on 02/09/2013 9:28:22 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: BenLurkin
It looks like the earth is approaching the asteroid, but we were able to put on the brakes and back away.

It sure isn't to scale.

8 posted on 02/09/2013 9:30:52 AM PST by Dan(9698)
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To: stboz

Hurray for “unexpected”!


9 posted on 02/09/2013 9:35:10 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin
'No Earth impact is possible,' said Donald Yeomans, manager of NASA's Near-Earth Object program at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

As if a spokesperson for a government organization would EVER tell the nation, "It's coming...it's gonna hit...we can't do anything about it...no legislation can change it...you're on you're own." LOL!!

10 posted on 02/09/2013 9:35:22 AM PST by Roccus
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To: BenLurkin

OK. That pretty much creeped me out.


11 posted on 02/09/2013 9:36:04 AM PST by Focault's Pendulum (I live in NJ....I want a bailout!!!)
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To: BenLurkin
'No Earth impact is possible,' said Donald Yeomans, manager of NASA's Near-Earth Object program at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

Read "Lucifer's Hammer" - all of Niven and Pournelle's fictional astrophysicists were telling the media the exact same thing.

12 posted on 02/09/2013 9:36:23 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: BenLurkin

I spent a few cycles studying this one. I understand they have high confidence level it won’t hit etc. Let’s assume they know what they are talking about. What puzzles me is they just discovered this thing last February and the orbit almost mirrors ours and comes close twice a year. How did they miss this asteroid in the past?


13 posted on 02/09/2013 9:37:15 AM PST by plain talk
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To: Stingray

“And if - by some off chance - it happens to hit Earth, you can count on Democrats to do three things:

1. Blame Bush
2. Call for tighter emissions on greenhouse gasses (cause you know global warming will have caused it, right?)
3. And call for more social spending for women and children because they are always “hit hardest” in times of national tragedy.”

Okay, I’ll play.

President Bush by delaying Kyoto increased global warming. The increased warming pushed the Earth’s atmosphere up to higher elevations which impacted the asteroids close orbit bringing to land on Earth and all the destruction it caused.

Of course the dust cloud affects the young the most and their primary care takers, the women.


14 posted on 02/09/2013 9:46:58 AM PST by staytrue
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To: BenLurkin

Ban assault asteroids!


15 posted on 02/09/2013 9:52:39 AM PST by bigheadfred
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To: RegulatorCountry

A good year, no doubt!! Decided to get back to amateur astronomy a few months ago. What a great way to spend time with my kids.


16 posted on 02/09/2013 9:59:21 AM PST by colinhester
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To: bigheadfred

lol@assault asteroids. Ban high capacity asteroids of 10 meters or larger!


17 posted on 02/09/2013 10:02:14 AM PST by miliantnutcase
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To: BenLurkin
'No Earth impact is possible

Now I am worried....

18 posted on 02/09/2013 10:04:38 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: bigheadfred

Why Worry.

There isn’t a friggin thing we can do about it.

que sera sera


19 posted on 02/09/2013 10:05:36 AM PST by Venturer
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To: BenLurkin

Then there is the Discovery channel video of a giant asteroid hitting the Earth, that some wit dubbed with the music Yakkity Sax. (1:53 in length)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xB7IHNnyJ00


20 posted on 02/09/2013 10:06:23 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: BenLurkin

***its trajectory will take it inside the orbit of communications and weather satellites***

Could this cause an EMP problem? Or mess up satellite communications or throw them off orbit?


21 posted on 02/09/2013 10:10:43 AM PST by nanetteclaret (Unreconstructed Catholic Texan)
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To: miliantnutcase
At the bottom of this page there is a list of known earth approaching objects for the next 30 days.
22 posted on 02/09/2013 10:14:00 AM PST by bigheadfred
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To: colinhester

Got my niece a lower-end but decent model telescope for Christmas. We had one when we were kids, some of my best memories involve being outside in chilly, clear weather, scanning the sky, looking at moon craters and roasting marshmallows. We lived out past the glow of the streetlights, but even that was muted compared to today. Those old bluish mercury vapor lights just didn’t interfere as much. Maybe blue spectrum actually is better than red for night lighting, who’d a thunk, lol.


23 posted on 02/09/2013 10:14:19 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: Venturer
There isn’t a friggin thing we can do about it.

Didn't you watch the Superbowl halftime show? We now possess WADs (Weapons of Asteroid Destruction). Codenamed "Beyonce". We can fire a SUPERSTAR at those pesky asteroids...

PS: 'que sera sera' You sing better than her.

24 posted on 02/09/2013 10:26:15 AM PST by bigheadfred
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To: BenLurkin

Sooooo what are the odds it hit Washington D.C. or the White Hut?


25 posted on 02/09/2013 10:30:43 AM PST by Patriot Babe
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To: Venturer

Yep. Sometimes assteroids go away by themselves.


26 posted on 02/09/2013 10:32:21 AM PST by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: BenLurkin
"No Earth impact is possible"

Unless of course,someone put the decimal point in the wrong place....a common mistake among scientists..
27 posted on 02/09/2013 10:55:10 AM PST by pricilla (one should always try to be smarter than the equipment one is operating - Amajato)
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To: BenLurkin
'No Earth impact is possible,' said Donald Yeomans, manager of NASA's Near-Earth Object program at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

Yeah, and the Titanic couldn't sink either. I worry when scientists make absolute statements such as this.

28 posted on 02/09/2013 11:13:21 AM PST by calex59
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To: BenLurkin
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29 posted on 02/09/2013 11:18:48 AM PST by mikrofon (No Problem)
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To: BenLurkin
"Nasa video shows just how close asteroid will come to hitting Earth"

Sooo "Hot Fudge Sundae" will be next Friday instead of the expected Tuesday...

(Ten geek points for anyone who gets the obscure literary reference.)

30 posted on 02/09/2013 11:20:52 AM PST by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Mad Dawgg; Mr. Jeeves

See #12, above. The first time I’ve seen the answer posted before the question.


31 posted on 02/09/2013 11:28:33 AM PST by sima_yi ( Reporting live from the far North)
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To: Dan(9698)

It’s an entirely accurate representation from the POV of the asteroid, or rather a point very near it, which artificially positions itself to keep the object in front of the earth. The stars are accurately depicted, but are hard to identify. I dld’d the “Eyes on the Solar Sytem” NASA app, and it let’s you run this view as well as many others, with various controls available. This includes the ability to turn on constellation labels. At the end, Tucana, Phoenix, and Grus are in view!


32 posted on 02/09/2013 11:54:38 AM PST by dr_lew
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Nicely done.


33 posted on 02/09/2013 11:59:17 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

34 posted on 02/09/2013 11:59:40 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Mad Dawgg

It’s not big enough for that.


35 posted on 02/09/2013 12:10:55 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

I’m gonna have to reread that novel to see how big

Niven made it

A little dated but keeps me reading till I fall asleep

with the book in my hand


36 posted on 02/09/2013 3:03:47 PM PST by Harold Shea (RVN `70 - `71)
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To: Mr. Jeeves
Read "Lucifer's Hammer" - all of Niven and Pournelle's fictional astrophysicists were telling the media the exact same thing.

My wife read this, and it "affected her mind" as one says - i.e. it seemed real to her. I didn't read it, but I recall the jacket blurb, "The odds were one in a million, then they were one in a thousand, and then ..."

So from this, the authors accurately depicted NASA's procedure as we see it in action here, except the improved calculations in this fictional scenario went the wrong way.

37 posted on 02/09/2013 9:27:13 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: BenLurkin
"'We don't have all the money in the world to do this kind of work' for tracking and potentially deflecting asteroids, said Lindley Johnson, an executive with the Near-Earth Object observations program in Washington."

Deflect? Deflect it with what? Spitballs?
38 posted on 02/10/2013 3:32:30 AM PST by clearcarbon
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
Then there is the Discovery channel video of a giant asteroid hitting the Earth, that some wit dubbed with the music Yakkity Sax.

Thanks for that link. Good stuff!


39 posted on 02/10/2013 4:14:08 AM PST by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: BenLurkin

For the people on the space station this may

be a bit of worry.

Gonna be interesting to see how this near miss

ends.Hope nothing but some good pics.


40 posted on 02/10/2013 3:24:55 PM PST by Harold Shea (RVN `70 - `71)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

LoL!


41 posted on 02/10/2013 3:39:42 PM PST by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: BenLurkin

Thanks BenLurkin for both of these.

Mystery Mini Moons: How Many Does Earth Have?
discovery | Feb 7, 2013 11:50 AM ET | // by Irene Klotz
Posted on 02/10/2013 2:09:02 PM PST by BenLurkin
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2987181/posts


42 posted on 02/10/2013 6:25:39 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: 75thOVI; agrace; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aragorn; aristotleman; Avoiding_Sulla; ...

Thanks BenLurkin.


43 posted on 02/10/2013 6:27:49 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Harold Shea

Looks like if it hits it will be in the Indian Ocean.


44 posted on 02/10/2013 6:38:15 PM PST by Rome2000 (THE WASHINGTONIANS AND UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE ARE THE ENEMY -ROTATE THE CAPITAL AMONGST THE STATES)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Strange choice of music.


45 posted on 02/12/2013 7:31:20 AM PST by MagnoliaB
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To: All; ALASKA; ActionNewsBill; A knight without armor; albertp; aragorn; areafiftyone; aruanan; ...

http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl2

FYI ping list:
28 min NASA video of the Asteroid 2012 DA14 flyby.


46 posted on 02/16/2013 1:43:19 AM PST by Las Vegas Dave
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To: Las Vegas Dave

47 posted on 02/16/2013 1:50:58 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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