Asteroid to Pass Extremely Close By Earth On Monday

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    The asteroid will make its closest approach at 1:14 p.m. EDT (1714 GMT) on June 27 and will pass just over 7,500 miles (12,000 kilometers) above the Earth's surface, NASA officials say. At that particular moment, the asteroid — which scientists have named 2011 MD — will be sailing high off the coast of Antarctica, almost 2,000 miles (3,218 km) south-southwest of South Africa.

    Asteroid to Pass Extremely Close By Earth On Monday - Yahoo! News


    do you think the government or science people would really tell us if the earth was gonna take a direct hit by an asteroid the size of a school bus? what would be left?
     
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    There is no way they would willingly inform the public. But if they knew it was going to hit I seriously doubt someone would not leak it out.
     
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    what if its iffy jeremy.....like maybe.....just close....maybe gonna nic us....think of it..what good would it do to tell people......and what would be left after impact
     
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    Wouldn't do any good to inform the public. pointless and dangerous.
     
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    it would get out, in fact if the government knew about it far enough in advance, they would definitely let it out, as they would be the only ones able to stop/deflect it. What government of any party would not want to look the hero in that situation? It would validate every argument for government involvment in space, and its ability to defend its people.

    Also an asteriod the size of a school bus (say 10 meter diameter) wouldnt do much. See below.

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    I assumed average impact velocity and dense rock for velocity. The asteroid would break up, but smaller fragments might hit. You wouldnt want to be within a few miles of it, thats for sure, but no gobal or even local catastrophe.
     
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    If people knew a Asteroid was going to hit Earth, people would start doing some crazy shit.
     
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    Seems there's a hell of a lot of people in this world who seem to know something we don't, then. :eusa_eh:
     
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    I think a hobbyist would see it coming. And all the world governments would be moving stuff all around to save there ass's. they couldn't keep it secret.
     
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    But then, people are already doing crazy ass shit.
    In my area, I'm here to tell ya, if something like this were gonna happen, they would be popping open cans of beer and sitting on their lawn chairs outside, and just watching the damn sky :lol:
    They wouldn't really give a shit.
     
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    START doing some crazy shit?

    LMAO!
     

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