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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 (Dec. 9), came within 140,000 miles of our planet at about 5 a.m. EST Tuesday (Dec. 11), researchers said.

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well 21st coming fast tongue.gif
     
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well 21st coming fast tongue.gif

Nah...it was too small to do real damage. Which why we didn't see it till just now. It would have not been good by any means, though. Though depending on it is make up even one that big could burn in the atmosphere.
Edited by Vagrant Storm - 12/12/12 at 7:26am
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Lucky it's small one, Bruce is too old to save us all...
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Lucky it's small one, Bruce is too old to save us all...

Thankfully Chuck Norris deflected the asteroid simply by giving is a scornful glare.


It is somewhat worrisome though that something can get within 2 days of Earth without detection. Sure, something planet sized would be noticed, but a cluster of dense asteroids that size that would survive entry could pose an issue. Heck, what if we're all thinking about it the wrong way. What if something cataclysmic is happening to the moon? If the moon is messed with/destroyed, Earth would be a very different place very quickly.... not counting debris IF the moon was destroyed.

99.99% certain nothing will happen except that i'll receive my last pay check of the year and blow half of it on last minute X-Mas shopping though biggrin.gif
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I'm not worried about something like that hitting the Earth (size wise), I would be more concerned about it hitting the moon.

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I'm not worried about something like that hitting the Earth (size wise), I would be more concerned about it hitting the moon.
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There are crater marks on the moon from much larger objects hitting it and it has been fine thus far...of course none of them happened in recorded history. It is possible it used to be in a different orbit too.
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Do you think any of our armed forces have air defense if one does slip in? Saying launching a missle to break it up into smaller pieces or possibly vanquishing the rock?
 
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We really need a defense+detection system surrounding our planet for any kind of threateningly sized objects. On Friday the 13th MN4 will fly just 18000 miles above Earth, lower than most satellites. They initially thought it was going to hit Earth, but further research proved not.

But this data is from 2004, new data should be coming next year on MN4 actually. MN4 is 320 meters wide...if it hit us an area the size of Texas would be gone, and temperatures will drop because of all the debris. If it hits anywhere in the mid Atlantic or Pacific we are double screwed, whether it'd be West or East the lives lost would be into the 10s of millions, possibly 100s.

Kinda makes you think you'd want to prefer it to hit land haha. Not to mention the affect it would have on our climate. If you wanna read more about it there's an article here:

http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2005/13may_2004mn4/
Edited by Despair - 12/12/12 at 7:59am
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Do you think any of our armed forces have air defense if one does slip in? Saying launching a missle to break it up into smaller pieces or possibly vanquishing the rock?

Quite frankly, nope...

IF there was a NEO (Near-Earth Object) that posed a threat of an extinction level event (not bad cd by Busta either tongue.gif ), there are a lot of factors to take into consideration. We could try and nuke it, but it would take a lot more than just one nuke and a ton of resources that may not be readily available. Given enough warning, we could try and prepare, but chances are that politics would muck things up like they usually do.

"We can't spend THAT much money... we'd ruin our budget"
-"If we DONT spend the money, we won't be around to have a budget."
"Well, if we do survive, we can't be broke too frown.gif "
.....

IMHO, if we were in that situation, we should all safely tuck our heads between our legs and kiss our butts goodbye.
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