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An object of 400Metres across could and would be dealt with without public knowledge of such actions. I mean if they made it public such things were being attempted and they failed. Imagine the law suits... lmao
 
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Should one of these ever be on a collision course, we already have the blueprints.

Land Bruce Willis on it with some explosives
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Originally Posted by Murlocke View Post
I wonder if it was actually going to hit the earth:
- Would they tell us?
- Would they even be able to stop it?

A astroid this size would wipe out all/majority of life if I remember the research I did on this a few years back.
No, but it might leak.
No.

Depends on the speed, no?
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Should one of these ever be on a collision course, we already have the blueprints.

Land Bruce Willis on it with some explosives
Send Justin Bieber, I would actually miss Bruce Willis.
    
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No, but it might leak.
No.

Depends on the speed, no?
I was off by a lot.

This is a closer estimate given average speed/density for this size:
Transient Crater Diameter: 7.23 km ( = 4.49 miles )
Transient Crater Depth: 2.56 km ( = 1.59 miles )
Final Crater Diameter: 9.4 km ( = 5.84 miles )
Final Crater Depth: 581 meters ( = 1910 feet )

Damage would depends on where it hits.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Murlocke View Post
I was off by a lot.

This is a closer estimate given average speed/density for this size:
Transient Crater Diameter: 7.23 km ( = 4.49 miles )
Transient Crater Depth: 2.56 km ( = 1.59 miles )
Final Crater Diameter: 9.4 km ( = 5.84 miles )
Final Crater Depth: 581 meters ( = 1910 feet )

Damage would depends on where it hits.
Massive tsunami's if that hit in the ocean......
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Will we be able to see it with nothing but our eyes?
Well, according to wikipedia it's Apparent Magnitude will be 11. That makes it a little brighter than pluto, and dimmer than 9.5, where 'Faintest objects visible using common 7x50 binoculars under typical conditions'. So no it does not look likely that you will see it, though astronomy is not a strong point for me and I may have misinterpreted it.
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Have to know its speed. It would likely break up into a bunch of smaller pieces in the atmosphere. regardless it would be much smaller than 400 meters when it made land fall. This isn't a planet killer, though it would do some damage...probably along the lines of a couple nukes getting dropped without the radiation if it hit land. I honestly don't think it would be big enough to create a tsunami though. Infact, if it hit mid ocean I bet the water would probably cushion it enough to where it really wouldn't even have much of an effect on the earth...unless the thing was traveling at some insane speeds.

The make up of the asteroid would have a lot to do with what it would do as a meteorite. Heck, if it is relatively soft even a 400 meter diameter meteorite could burn up completely. If it was solid nickle-iron it might be 80% intact at land fall...too many variables. Though I will feel better once it is has past by I find it kind of hard to believe that something can come this close and not be pulled in by the earth's gravity. That would be cool if it settled into orbit though.
Edited by Vagrant Storm - 11/5/11 at 1:55pm
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hmm... the states are holding a first ever national test of the emergency broadcasting system on November 9th... and they are also doing mass tsunami drills across the pacific on the 9th. And then you also have the case of the military base policeman who is charged with espionage after telling his mother of the huge buildup of troops in alaska... conspiracy theorists are going to have a field day with this this week.
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I think this man will save us



Bieber is too tied up with his rape case and Willis is too old...


lolz
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