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[Pravada] Comet could collide with Mars in 2014 with the force of 20 billion megatons of TNT

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According to scientists, a catastrophe of global scale may occur on Mars. The trajectory of comet C/2013 A1, which Australian astronomers discovered in early 2013, will supposedly intersect with Mars. If it happens, the impact will produce an explosion, the power of which will be equivalent to 20 billion megatons of TNT.

http://english.pravda.ru/news/science/25-02-2013/123895-mars_comet-0/

http://science.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/26/17107085-comet-just-might-hit-mars-in-2014?lite
Edited by aweir - 2/26/13 at 6:58pm
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I actually thought it was a typo at first. I had to read the headline about 3 times before it sunk in.

That's 1.33 trillion Hiroshima bombs.
30 miles across
126,000 miles per hour
Edited by aweir - 2/25/13 at 7:14pm
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is such a thing even possible?

yes it is.

p.s. aliens.
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Mission to Mars, anyone?
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It really makes you appreciate life here on Earth. If this is true, we can forget teraforming Mars any time soon.
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NASA JPL information on said comet. IF you set the date to the 19th of October 2014...it'll definitely come close. Not sure if it will hit though.

http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=C%2F2013%20A1;orb=1;cov=0;log=0;cad=1#orb

I just hope it hits where we have a rover able to see it.
   
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I actually thought it was a typo at first. I had to read the headline about 3 times before it sunk in.

That's 1.33 trillion Hiroshima bombs.
30 miles across
126,000 miles per hour

I'd assume if space had air, we'd likely feel that bang on earth! I wonder if there will be fragments of Mars that will get flung our way? With something that big, I'd imagine so.
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I'd assume if space had air, we'd likely feel that bang on earth! I wonder if there will be fragments of Mars that will get flung our way? With something that big, I'd imagine so.

Why would assume that? Mars is really really far away...
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