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What's the % of it hitting Mars ?
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Possible this could be the thing that kick starts life on mars?
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20 billion megatons of TNT ? Wow, 65 million years ago, that one was a supposedly 100 million megatons of TNT. This is 200 times bigger ? I hope their calculations are wrong otherwise we won't be seeing anything from Mars except for some dust clouds in the next decades to come.
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post #114 of 216
Quote:
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Possible this could be the thing that kick starts life on mars?

I like the way you think. I believe it would take an object much larger in order to reheat the dead core of the planet enough to keep it geologically active long enough for life to develop. I could be wrong though. Unfortunately we won't be around to see that would be life come to fruition, damn it! The fact that mars has no magnetic shield to protect it from the battery of radiation the sun (and other cosmic sources) dishes out is definitely a huge problem for carbon based life to take any kind of foothold.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by King Lycan View Post

What's the % of it hitting Mars ?
well, every time they look at it (at least by this chart), the chance only gets bigger. The "nominal distance" from mars on the 19th has decreased by a factor of 10 in only 30 days of observation. Still, that nominal distance is 100,000km from the surface, which is pretty massive (technically). Astronomically, it's insanely close - about 1/4th the distance from the earth to the moon.

Hopefully as they measure it the nominal distance will decrease more and more. A good reference right now is the original nominal distance vs. the current maximum distance - they're pretty much the same.
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post #116 of 216
So, 20 billion megatons

Biggest bomb ever was 50 megatons -

Ouch!
Edited by dogbiscuit - 2/26/13 at 11:54pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by dogbiscuit View Post

So, 20 billion megatons

Biggest bomb ever was 50 megatons -

Ouch!

I believe that video is a fake CGI.


is the real deal, well probably CGI too but made by the russians back in the day.


Anyway, big comet.
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send a camera to record it! I'd pay to see what an explosion like that would look like in HD from space! Man that would be something biggrin.gif !
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I dont know if the scale is correct but the meteor that hit earth and killed the dinosaurs was ~ 100 Million Megaton ~ 0.1 Billion Megaton or 200 weak then the one that might hit mars. The difference is Mars is a bit smaller which has less Gs and no atmosphere which would cause bigger explosion but nowhere near as big as if it hit earth.
if that thing hit earth, i doubt there would be an earth left lol.
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Has any one seen a plot of where Deimos and Phobos are expected to be? That would be pretty cool if it hit one of the little "moons" first. Though this comet is quite a bit larger than either of the moons, but I think it would still be a cool explosion. I am quite sure we will get it on film...they'd be sure to get that satellite in the right position.
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