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An Asteroid The Size Of A Bus Came Closer To Earth Than The Moon This Morning, But Itís Cool
Geekosystem ^ | Saturday, May 3rd 2014 | Sam Maggs

Posted on 05/03/2014 5:11:16 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

Don't worry, NASA's known about it for ages. Like, four whole days.

So here’s a fun fact: while you were sleeping last night, you had a near-death experience. Yes, you – and everyone else on this lovely planet. In the wee hours of the morning, a pretty sizeable asteroid soared by the Earth, just missing it. But we’re okay. For now.

At 4:13am EDT, asteroid 2014 HL129 essentially side-swiped the Earth, coming within 186,000 miles of our planet. For reference, the moon is 238,855 miles away. Which means the asteroid was much, much closer to us than the moon will ever be. And the moon is pretty damn close. Like, we-sent-people-there-in-the-’60s close.

Oh, and why is it called “2014 HL129?” It’s because we pretty much just discovered that this asteroid exists. Yep, a rock that NASA’s Asteroid Watch says was about 25 feet wide (approximately the size of a bus) and came within space-moments of smacking our planet around was completely unknown until April 28th. Four days ago. But no big deal guys, no need to panic. We’re fine.

Just know planet-wide destruction could be under a week away and we could have no idea. Neato.

(Excerpt) Read more at geekosystem.com ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Science
KEYWORDS: 2014hl129; asteroid; asteroids; catastrophism
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1 posted on 05/03/2014 5:11:16 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 05/03/2014 5:12:08 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Hell....Washington, DC is only 2200 miles from where I live — and there’s a sh*tpot full more destruction emanating from that sh*thole than any dang bus-sized space rock.


3 posted on 05/03/2014 5:13:48 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (The 0baMao Experiment: Abject Failure)
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To: SunkenCiv
Just know planet-wide destruction could be under a week away and we could have no idea. Neato.

Uh, a bus-sized asteroid ain't gonna destroy the Earth. But don't let the internet moron community stop preaching the doom and gloom.

4 posted on 05/03/2014 5:14:42 PM PDT by dirtboy
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Scientists Have Underestimated The Likelihood Of City-Killing Asteroids Hitting Earth


5 posted on 05/03/2014 5:14:44 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: dirtboy

No but I recall a prominent astronomer say the real thing could slip into our atmosphere undetected with little or no advance warning.


6 posted on 05/03/2014 5:20:10 PM PDT by Williams
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To: SunkenCiv

I boarded up the windows on that side of the house, so I was ready.


7 posted on 05/03/2014 5:22:11 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: dirtboy

Yeah, I enjoyed the hyperbole. A 25 foot wide asteroid would *probably* fragment into smaller pieces after burning off a bit, due to the stress caused by its rapid passage through the atmosphere. A similarly-sized bolide apparently did just that — breaking up into small pieces before impact — back in 1972. There was apparently an audible roar as it came in.

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBu-yUzWXqg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIv7wL9nWMQ


8 posted on 05/03/2014 5:22:27 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Gonna get that climate to change, one way or another


9 posted on 05/03/2014 5:23:59 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Williams; dirtboy

Quite right — the point he was making was, an object capable of destroying civilization (iow, something on the order of a mile across) might be discovered just before impact.


10 posted on 05/03/2014 5:24:17 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: ansel12

Good call.


11 posted on 05/03/2014 5:24:46 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: ErnBatavia

Damage control in these situations then entails redirecting the bolide to collide with DC...


12 posted on 05/03/2014 5:25:30 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

One last year in Urals was twice that size, about 55 feet

Exploded in atmosphere with force of 500 kt.

Thousands of windows blown out, some building collapsed

Thousands of casualtiesa - mostly cuts from glass.


13 posted on 05/03/2014 5:25:36 PM PDT by njslim (T)
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To: SunkenCiv

Pbbt. Not even one-eighth the size of the one that hit Russia last year.


14 posted on 05/03/2014 5:27:27 PM PDT by Sloth (Rather than a lesser Evil, I voted for Goode.)
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To: dirtboy
Uh, a bus-sized asteroid ain't gonna destroy the Earth.

No, but it could have devastated a major city. The fact that an object of that size could get that close before being detected is worrying. Programs like the CalTech JPL Near Earth Object Program are a great start, but obviously there's a long way to go. As for actually preventing asteroid impacts, that's a long way from even getting off to a start.
15 posted on 05/03/2014 5:32:01 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: SunkenCiv

16 posted on 05/03/2014 5:33:20 PM PDT by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was blind but now I see...)
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To: SunkenCiv

17 posted on 05/03/2014 5:34:42 PM PDT by Daffynition (I stand with the Bundy Family!)
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To: SunkenCiv

“Just know planet-wide destruction could be under a week away and we could have no idea. Neato.”

Not from a 25 foot diameter will there be planet wide destruction. If it made it through the atmosphere and landed on your house you and the neighbors would have a very bad day.


18 posted on 05/03/2014 5:38:53 PM PDT by Holdem Or Foldem (Life isn't fair, so wear a cup.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Are more of these things showing up or do we spot them better? Inside the orbit of the moon seems one hell of a close shave!


19 posted on 05/03/2014 5:45:38 PM PDT by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Haven’t a few space stations like Skylab and MIR decayed enough in their orbits to come crashing into earth?

And the Shuttle is much larger that a bus.


20 posted on 05/03/2014 5:51:13 PM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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