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Whoa! Earth gets close shave by newfound asteroid
MSNBC ^ | 12/11/12 | Mike Wall

Posted on 12/12/2012 12:00:22 PM PST by LibWhacker

Spotted just two days ago, it came zipping toward us inside the moon's orbit

A newfound asteroid gave Earth a close shave early today, zipping between our planet and the moon just two days after astronomers first spotted it.

The near-Earth asteroid 2012 XE54, which was discovered Sunday, came within 140,000 miles (230,000 kilometers) of our planet at about 5 a.m. EST Tuesday, researchers said. For comparison, the moon orbits Earth at an average distance of 240,000 miles or so (386,000 km).

Astronomers estimate that 2012 XE54 is about 120 feet (36 meters) wide — big enough to cause substantial damage if it slams into Earth someday. An object of similar size flattened 800 square miles (2,000 square km) of forest when it exploded above Siberia's Podkamennaya Tunguska River in 1908.

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Another one.
1 posted on 12/12/2012 12:00:29 PM PST by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

Looks like the Mayans were a little off.


2 posted on 12/12/2012 12:03:34 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: LibWhacker

The planetary alignment scheduled for 12-21-12 is acting like a cosmic rail gun...we’ll probably be seeing more of these in the next week or so.


3 posted on 12/12/2012 12:05:13 PM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to, otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: cotton1706

## Looks like the Mayans were a little off. ##

Maybe, maybe not. This may just be the small splinter preceding “the big one”.


4 posted on 12/12/2012 12:07:14 PM PST by wrench
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To: stuartcr

Any chance of steering one of these to a landing just north of the Potomac north of Arlington Va?


5 posted on 12/12/2012 12:07:51 PM PST by Mouton (108th MI Group.....68-71)
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To: LibWhacker
We need to come up with a name for this one. Asteroid 2012 XE54 ain't cutting it.

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6 posted on 12/12/2012 12:09:31 PM PST by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: stuartcr

Maybe the X37B is a spacecraft that will land on an approaching asteroid and using a thermonuclear warhead, break the asteroid in two, whereby it misses the earth.

Only problem I see with this is a lack of redundancy. I would have sent up two X37B’s.


7 posted on 12/12/2012 12:11:24 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (You cant bring something to its knees that refuses to stand on its own)
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To: stuartcr
The planetary alignment scheduled for 12-21-12 is acting like a cosmic rail gun...we’ll probably be seeing more of these in the next week or so.

You mean the planetary alignment that doesn't exist, and even if it did, would have no effect on anything just like all past alignments?

8 posted on 12/12/2012 12:16:00 PM PST by Strategerist
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To: LibWhacker

MSNBC? Why plug them?


9 posted on 12/12/2012 12:16:48 PM PST by ILS21R (Everything... IS... a conspiracy)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

The only problem I see is your targeting, half for medina, half for meccah


10 posted on 12/12/2012 12:16:54 PM PST by null and void (Going Galt: The won't of the people)
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To: wrench
This may just be the small splinter preceding “the big one”.

I hope so. I've had enough. Hit that 'reset' button already.

11 posted on 12/12/2012 12:17:11 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred.)
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To: Mouton

Was just having a similar thought. Kudos...


12 posted on 12/12/2012 12:18:26 PM PST by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: Mouton
Any chance of steering one of these to a landing just north of the Potomac north of Arlington Va?


13 posted on 12/12/2012 12:18:41 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred.)
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To: LibWhacker

***...zipping between our planet and the moon just two days after astronomers first spotted it.***

This was only discovered two days ago?

I thought space activity was monitored constantly via telescopes, space stations, satilites, etc.. Seems like this should have been anticipated long ago.

On the other hand, maybe it was and we were kept in the dark so as to prevent panic and/or suicides.


14 posted on 12/12/2012 12:20:01 PM PST by MichaelCorleone ('We the People' can and will take this country back...starting today.)
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To: MichaelCorleone

According to A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson, if an asteroid were to come straight at us and destroy us, you’d probably have only about one second of warning before it happened. You wouldn’t get a day, or an hour. You would have one second, enough time to go “What the?” and then it’s all over.

Please note that I have not personally fact-checked this and I do not in any way endorse this information. Just putting it out there for conversational purposes.


15 posted on 12/12/2012 12:23:18 PM PST by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: b4its2late
Maybe we can have a sit-com about it. Asteroid XE54, where are you?"
16 posted on 12/12/2012 12:24:58 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus

LOL


17 posted on 12/12/2012 12:26:02 PM PST by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: MichaelCorleone

“This was only discovered two days ago?

I thought space activity was monitored constantly via telescopes, space stations, satilites, etc.. Seems like this should have been anticipated long ago.

On the other hand, maybe it was and we were kept in the dark so as to prevent panic and/or suicides.”

NASA is busy proving AGW, and doing muslim outreach.

This is off of their radar. (Very bad pun, intended).


18 posted on 12/12/2012 12:26:50 PM PST by brownsfan (Behold, the power of government cheese.)
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To: MichaelCorleone

This happens once in awhile - seems like just a couple years ago the same thing happened where one passed between us and the moon and they saw it AFTER it went by.

Like grandma said “When its your time to go, its your time to go.”


19 posted on 12/12/2012 12:27:38 PM PST by 21twelve (So I [God] gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. Psalm 81:12)
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To: LibWhacker

0bama still concerns me more.


20 posted on 12/12/2012 12:28:15 PM PST by BlueStateRightist (Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

That was a good book, along with “Lucifer’s Hammer” by the same authors.


21 posted on 12/12/2012 12:30:23 PM PST by dainbramaged (Joe McCarthy was right.)
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To: MichaelCorleone

They had to cut back their hours to avoid obamacare...


22 posted on 12/12/2012 12:31:25 PM PST by Adder (No, Mr. Franklin, we could NOT keep it.)
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To: MichaelCorleone

It’s a very small asteroid.

We simply don’t have close to enough telescopes with enough power to detect all asteroids this size while they are months or years away.


23 posted on 12/12/2012 12:33:15 PM PST by Strategerist
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To: LibWhacker
Hope another one hits Washington (D.C., of course) and preferably while both houses are in session.

Also, a special request for large splinter chunks to hit: Air Force 1 (while occupied by UnoWho in flight), the U.N. Building, the Federal Reserve building, FEMA headquarters, The EU headquarters in Brussels, Vlad Putin (while on his motorcycle), George Soros (in whatever rathole he hides), Kim Il-Young (while his diapers are being changed), Greece (to put them out of their misery), and, finally, a shower of baseball-sized lumps to hit various terrorist training camps around the world.

Is this too much to ask for Christmas?

24 posted on 12/12/2012 12:36:37 PM PST by Scooter100 ("Now that the fog has lifted, I still can't find my pipe". --- S. Holmes)
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To: Strategerist

yeah -thats the one


25 posted on 12/12/2012 12:37:23 PM PST by Revelation 911
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To: dainbramaged

Yeah. I love Niven. I’ve read all his stuff. I love the Known Space short stories.


26 posted on 12/12/2012 12:39:30 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred.)
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To: Revelation 911

I was going to tell him, no it’s the other one, but decided why bother.


27 posted on 12/12/2012 12:43:11 PM PST by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: LibWhacker
Impact Earth

Worst case for this one - maximizing for density, velocity, and impact angle would result in a 1 mile diameter crater, very similar to Meteor Crater in Arizona.

28 posted on 12/12/2012 12:53:25 PM PST by PeaceBeWithYou (De Oppresso Liber! (50 million and counting in Afghanistan and Iraq))
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To: Strategerist

Yes, that one


29 posted on 12/12/2012 12:53:30 PM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to, otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: MichaelCorleone

cloaking


30 posted on 12/12/2012 12:58:07 PM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to, otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: Dead Corpse

Me too.


31 posted on 12/12/2012 12:58:34 PM PST by Gator113 (**WHO in the hell gave the damn order to NOT rescue our men in Benghazi?**)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

We would have to see Ben Affleck and listen to Aerosmith. I choose death.


32 posted on 12/12/2012 1:01:09 PM PST by EEGator
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To: Scooter100

“.....and preferably while both houses are in session.”

Now THAT is what I call bipartisan.... and in a good way.


33 posted on 12/12/2012 1:04:08 PM PST by Gator113 (**WHO in the hell gave the damn order to NOT rescue our men in Benghazi?**)
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To: LibWhacker

If you are having trouble with asteroids there is always Preparation H..


34 posted on 12/12/2012 1:05:36 PM PST by Tommygun99 (Liberalism is a mental disorder.)
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To: LibWhacker

Just so long as it hits DC


35 posted on 12/12/2012 1:06:34 PM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything)
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To: stuartcr
The planetary alignment scheduled for 12-21-12 is acting like a cosmic rail gun...

I'd like to see something substantiating that.

36 posted on 12/12/2012 1:12:05 PM PST by pfflier
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To: LibWhacker

I strongly suspect this stuff whizzes by the earth all the time. We are probably only locating a percentage of the objects. The location is better now than in the past, but far from perfect. It’s still a small object, and pretty far away.


37 posted on 12/12/2012 1:12:28 PM PST by henkster ("The people who count the votes decide everything." -Joseph Stalin)
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To: pfflier

Sorry, gotta have a need to know, besides, it’s extremely technical.


38 posted on 12/12/2012 1:16:24 PM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to, otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: pfflier
I'd like to see something substantiating that.

It's pretty much an absolute 100% hard and fast rule that any article, blog, or post containing the words "planetary alignment" (much like anything containing the word "chemtrail") can be dismissed as worthless kook nonsense.

39 posted on 12/12/2012 1:16:26 PM PST by Strategerist
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

But have the Puppeteers bugged out yet? That’s the true sign of impending doom.


40 posted on 12/12/2012 1:17:02 PM PST by Drill Thrawl (We have crossed the line from independence & liberty to dependency & servitude. We are doomed)
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To: LibWhacker

Nah!.Someone watched the SciFi channel last night, “Earthstorm” about an asteroid hitting the moon and sending large moon fragments to earth.

A ripoff movie of “Armaggedon” but had at least one cute woman in it.

Popcorn Bob gives it One Star.


41 posted on 12/12/2012 1:19:16 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: stuartcr

Try me, I’m a retired physics teacher with a TS Crypto clearance.


42 posted on 12/12/2012 1:27:12 PM PST by pfflier
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To: Strategerist
That's a fair bet.

I'm also very skeptical of the terms "Everyone knows". "It's common knowledge" and "The science is settled".

43 posted on 12/12/2012 1:30:38 PM PST by pfflier
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To: PeaceBeWithYou

No matter what size I make it, all I see is a Russet Potato hurtling towards earth!

Actually, thanks for the link... interesting to play with...


44 posted on 12/12/2012 1:38:31 PM PST by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: brownsfan
“This was only discovered two days ago?

So it is possible that we may never predict our destruction.....That is a little unnerving, isn't it!
45 posted on 12/12/2012 1:51:00 PM PST by freebird5850 (The only good thing about Barry getting re-elected is now we get to see him fall from a higher place)
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To: freebird5850

A pretty decent meteor shower heading our way over the next few nights...keep your eyes on the skies...


46 posted on 12/12/2012 1:55:38 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Mouton

New York or San Francisco would do more good. The battle with liberals can not be won so long as there is a New York and a San Francisco. DC is irrelevant

The best target would be New York and the shock jar loose the big fault and get San Francisco in a toofer.


47 posted on 12/12/2012 2:03:29 PM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....The fairest Deduction to be reduced is the Standard Deduction)
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To: pfflier

I took physics in10th grade and have a TS/COMSEC/SCI clearance also, so I’m sure you understand what need to know means.


48 posted on 12/12/2012 2:13:10 PM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to, otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: pfflier

I took physics in10th grade and have a TS/COMSEC/SCI clearance also, so I’m sure you understand what need to know means.


49 posted on 12/12/2012 2:13:30 PM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to, otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: Pride in the USA
Missed it by that much


50 posted on 12/12/2012 2:19:10 PM PST by lonevoice (Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days lived)
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