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To: tlb
...a giant comet flying at top speed is bound for Earth...

What's 'top speed' for a 'giant comet', anyway?
15 posted on 10/09/2006 9:48:05 PM PDT by struwwelpeter
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To: struwwelpeter
"What's 'top speed' for a 'giant comet', anyway?"

Generally, it's when it pegs red in fifth gear.

18 posted on 10/09/2006 9:49:16 PM PDT by Enterprise (Let's not enforce laws that are already on the books, let's just write new laws we won't enforce.)
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To: struwwelpeter

Yeah, really!


23 posted on 10/09/2006 9:51:06 PM PDT by Lauren BaRecall (My favorite dream - line dancing with the space aliens...oh, and Bucky Dent brought me flowers....)
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To: struwwelpeter

Probably about 80 km/sec. FWIW. ;^)


24 posted on 10/09/2006 9:51:06 PM PDT by AntiGuv (o) (o)
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To: struwwelpeter

Ummmm ... really, really, really fast??????


59 posted on 10/09/2006 10:05:15 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("The Americans on Flight 93 did more to counter terrorism than the Democrats have done in 4 years")
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To: struwwelpeter

The statement does sound pretty silly, but the speed of a comet does vary, and is at it's greatest during the comet's closest pass to the Sun, known as "perihelion." What this Russian is describing, though, sounds inbound to the inner solar system, from the Kuiper Belt (or the Oort Cloud), so he's incorrect about "top speed" anyway.


78 posted on 10/09/2006 10:12:56 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: struwwelpeter
What's 'top speed' for a 'giant comet', anyway?

Speed of light?

96 posted on 10/09/2006 10:29:07 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: struwwelpeter
What's 'top speed' for a 'giant comet', anyway?

Depends on the power to weight ratio.

123 posted on 10/09/2006 11:14:25 PM PDT by Cobra64 (Why is the War on Terror being managed by the DEFENSE Department?)
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To: struwwelpeter
What's 'top speed' for a 'giant comet', anyway?

It is well known that space balls travel at ludicrous speed!

142 posted on 10/10/2006 1:25:16 AM PDT by pa_dweller (South of the border - a phrase fast losing its meaning)
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To: struwwelpeter
What's 'top speed' for a 'giant comet', anyway?

300,000 km/sec?

146 posted on 10/10/2006 3:24:03 AM PDT by Jeff Gordon (History convinces me that bad government results from too much government. - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: struwwelpeter
I will search out the description Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle wrote for Lucifer's Hammer and post it on the thread. It was several pages and involved a hot fudge sundae with the cherry being the size of a house and dropped in place by a military helicopter.
182 posted on 10/10/2006 6:20:03 AM PDT by Phsstpok (Often wrong, but never in doubt)
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To: struwwelpeter
What's 'top speed' for a 'giant comet', anyway?


I dunno about a giant comet but for this one, 85, maybe 90, tops.

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LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

202 posted on 10/10/2006 8:22:43 AM PDT by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: struwwelpeter
What's 'top speed' for a 'giant comet', anyway?

African or European?

-PJ

203 posted on 10/10/2006 8:58:17 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (It's still not safe to vote Democrat.)
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