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Friday, July 29, 2005

The sky is falling


Humans live in a vast solar system where 2,000 feet seems a razor-thin distance. Yet it's just wide enough to trigger concerns that an asteroid due to buzz Earth on April 13, 2029 may shift its orbit enough to return and strike the planet seven years later. The concern: Within the object's range of possible fly-by distances lie a handful of gravitational 'sweet spots,' areas some 2,000 feet across that are also known as keyholes. The physics may sound complex, but the potential ramifications are plain enough. If the asteroid passes through the most probable keyhole, its new orbit would send it slamming into Earth in 2036. It's unclear to some experts whether ground-based observatories alone will be able to provide enough accurate information in time to mount a mission to divert the asteroid, if that becomes necessary.
On the plus side, Social Security and Global warming may not be so important after all...


Blogger Cubicle said...

we should definantly pre-empt it by blowing it up.

I would dontate some money to that cause

7/29/2005 09:09:00 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

Man...this does this look a hell of a lot like "Armogedon" or is it just me!? Just thinking...Maybe it'll land on the nukes in Iran. Hey, that could be worth Americans' tax dollars.

Cubicle, I must respectfully disagree.

7/30/2005 08:56:00 PM  
Anonymous tsykoduk said...

The issue is that we will know that it's coming. 2036 is a long time away. We will technology that is more advanced then we have today, and perhaps will have a better method of dealing with it. So - wait.

7/31/2005 01:45:00 PM  
Blogger Dave Justus said...

Nope. We are DOOMED, DOOMED I say!

8/01/2005 05:10:00 AM  

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