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Slight update.

Continuing with the trend, the current estimate has the nominal distance closer than it was when the OP article was written. At the time of the article, it was 0.0007 AU (~100,000km), now its 0.00035 AU. That's about 52,000km, and that's about 7x closer than the moon.

Good news is good biggrin.gif

I wonder if there is a point where even though it would miss Mars the planet's gravity would pull it in and make it hit. Though the comet is moving so fast that the little pull probably would not effect it too much.
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Slight update.

Continuing with the trend, the current estimate has the nominal distance closer than it was when the OP article was written. At the time of the article, it was 0.0007 AU (~100,000km), now its 0.00035 AU. That's about 52,000km, and that's about 7x closer than the moon.

Good news is good biggrin.gif

I wonder if there is a point where even though it would miss Mars the planet's gravity would pull it in and make it hit. Though the comet is moving so fast that the little pull probably would not effect it too much.

They've likely taken care of that part of the calculations already in the numbers given.
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Could, possibly, toss pieces of Mars towards Earth. It's happened before. As far a teraforming, maybe if it smacks Mars just right, it will start that core spinning again (results-spinning iron core restarts Mars magnetic field allowing developement of an atmosphere). Or, it could change Mars' orbit in which case we could get more than a few pieces striking Earth!
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They've likely taken care of that part of the calculations already in the numbers given.

Yea, they take pretty much everything into account.
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Could, possibly, toss pieces of Mars towards Earth. It's happened before. As far a teraforming, maybe if it smacks Mars just right, it will start that core spinning again (results-spinning iron core restarts Mars magnetic field allowing developement of an atmosphere). Or, it could change Mars' orbit in which case we could get more than a few pieces striking Earth!

It's pretty unlikely. Mars is reeeaally far away, and both mars and earth are pretty small, on a cosmic scale. In addition, the comet is moving in a 'down' direction (i.e. perpendicular to the orbit plane), so nothing should be launched towards us. While its technically possible, its incredibly unlikely.
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What would happen if Mar's hit the Earth? Even at a slow speed like 60 miles per hour? Definitely a sobering thought
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In addition, the comet is moving in a 'down' direction (i.e. perpendicular to the orbit plane), so nothing should be launched towards us. While its technically possible, its incredibly unlikely.

Any impact would launch debris in all directions, except through Mars, obviously. From there, gravity could launch them anywhere.
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What would happen if Mar's hit the Earth? Even at a slow speed like 60 miles per hour? Definitely a sobering thought

There is no possible way for Earth and Mars to collide at such a slow speed.

Anyway, planets are spheres because their gravity is strong enough to collapse them in to that shape. So, even if it were possible, the result would be them collapsing into a single bigger sphere. It would be like moving two beads of water next to each other until they touched. And of course the entire crust and existing internal structures would be destroyed or radically altered.

But again, such a slow speed impact is not possible, also because of gravity. If Earth and Mars impacted each other, neither would survive, but there would probably be a new planet in it's place.
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20 billion megatons? Is that a lot?
I don't know what a megaton even is...let alone a TNT megaton.
    
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20 billion megatons? Is that a lot?
I don't know what a megaton even is...let alone a TNT megaton.
~10^9 times larger than the bomb dropped on Nagasaki, about 200 times the impact that killed the dinosaurs.

Edit: I done did math.
Edited by -Apocalypse- - 3/4/13 at 1:02pm
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I don't know what a megaton even is...let alone a TNT megaton.

It's a very rough estimate of explosive power, relative to the mass of conventional high-explosive TNT (which is widely used in various munitions).

For example the yield of the Little Boy atomic bomb dropped on Japan was about 15 kilotons, or equal to roughly 15,000 tons of TNT...

So yeah, 20 quadrillion tons TNT equivalent is a lot.
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