Skip to comments.NASA's WISE Telescope Detects 4,700 Possibly Hazardous Asteroids (DO NOT PANIC - YET!)
Posted on 05/18/2012 1:30:41 AM PDT by Libloather
NASA's WISE Telescope Detects 4,700 Possibly Hazardous Asteroids
By Mark Whittington | Yahoo! Contributor Network 10 hrs ago
According to CNN, NASA has announced that there are potentially 4700 asteroids -- give or take 1,500 -- that are large enough and pass close enough to the Earth in their orbits around the sun to constitute a hazard.
A hazardous asteroid, as defined by NASA, is a body that is greater than 100 meters or 330 feet in diameter and approaches Earth within 5 million miles, about 20 times the distance from the Earth to the moon. Such an asteroid is large enough to survive the heat of reentry should it collide with the Earth and thus cause damage on at least a regional scale or worse. An asteroid strike near the Yucatan more than 60 million years ago is thought to have caused the extinction of the dinosaurs.
(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...
India among top 10 countries likely to be worst hit by asteroid impact
Research from the University of Southhampton have identified for the first time those which will suffer catastrophic loss of life or be so crippled it will be almost impossible for them to recover.
Do you suppose asteroids cause global warming too?(sarcasm off)
This is TSHTF. Greece etc is nothing compared to one or two of these slamming into Earth.
Have they tried lens cleaners.. just saying.
NASA has announced that there are potentially 4700 asteroids -- give or take 1,500 -- that are large enough and pass close enough to the Earth in their orbits around the sun to constitute a hazard.
God decided He was finally fed up with the human race and decided to end it for good. He called up a reporter at the New York Times to tell him the news: The world would end the day after tomorrow.
The reporter tried to talk God out of it, but God was firm and wouldn’t be swayed. The reporter then asked if he had an exclusive. God said that He was going to call three other newspapers.
Headlines the next day:
The New York Times: “God says world to end tomorrow; story and analysis on page B11.”
The Wall Street Journal: “God says world to end tomorrow; market to close early”
USA Today: “IT’S OVER!”
The Washington Post: “God says world to end tomorrow; women and minorities hardest hit.”
If one impacts Earth (and just does regional damage), we can at least hope Pakistan and/or Mecca get the full brunt of the impact.
Newsweek: “Religious idiots think ‘God’ tells them world ends tomorrow”
“We are all dead now”
L.A. Times: “Latinos claim racism as asteroid hurtles toward southern California”
What does our Washington Asteroid Czar have to say about this?
From the snickering comments on this thread, you’d think Comet Shoemaker Levy 9’s impact on Jupiter a decade ago was an hallucination and the Younger Dryas Event of 10,000 years ago was a Sophomore prank. Time to wake up to a serious danger for this planet. We live in a cosmic shooting gallery and not recognizing the half dozen near extinction events and several partial extinction events Earth has experienced is a form of self-lobotomy.
Is NASA going to name a telescope after every county in Texas, or is there something special about Wise County?