NASA: Fewer Large Asteroids Near Earth...

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    ...than previously suspected, according to WISE imaging data, from 36,000 down to 20,000.


    The condensed version (1.5 minutes):

    [youtube]GFH2EXO_wrA[/youtube]



    Full Briefing Video (35 minutes):


    [youtube]m3NDbu5Y8c4[/youtube]


    WISE on the web here: NASA - Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer









     
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    Which is why we need a robust and involved space program. And probably the only reason to maintain a nuclear arsenal.

    Great find. :clap:
     
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    Yep. One of those things could ruin everybody's whole day.
     
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    Yep, unlike AGW an asteroid strike truly is a major concern. A strike wouldn't ruin your day, it could wipe out mankind. That's where our money should be going.
     
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    Uncle Ferd says he still gonna wear his hard hat durin' dem meteor showers...

    ... `cause he don't wanna take a chance on gettin' bonked onna head.
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    We certainly do need a good space program, Mr. Sallow.
     
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    Did the universe close it's borders??:D
     
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    Thanks to Obama!

    Praise be his Holy Name!!
     
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    That's about one every 40 seconds...
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    Quadrantid meteor shower won't have to compete with moonlight
    January 2, 2012 - Quadrantid meteor shower peak could hit as many as 100 meteors per hour, says NASA. The Quadrantid meteor shower will peak at 2 a.m. on Jan. 4.
     

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