May 11, 2015

It's probably nothing.... Gigantic asteroid near miss coming this Thursday


"A collision of 1999 FN53 with Earth, especially an ocean strike, would be nothing short of catastrophic.

The fire and blast alone would likely kill millions. It would cause massive earthquakes across the world. An ocean strike would raise mountain size tsunamis which would smash coastal cities thousands of miles from the strike. The climate impact would also be significant – the Younger Dryas, a brutal collapse in global temperatures which lasted 1200 years, may have been caused by an asteroid impact.
"What could we do if a large Asteroid on a collision course was detected? The answer is quite a lot, given a few years warning. The Manhattan Project scientists, in the 1950s, developed a simple design for a space drive whose capabilities were straight out of science fiction – capable of lifting gigantic payloads in a single stage to orbit. The most powerful designs could have powered starships – up to around 10% of the speed of light. Such a ship could be built in a year or two, if it was a priority, and would be more than capable of pushing a dangerous asteroid into a different orbit. Gigantic asteroid near miss coming this Thursday | Watts Up With That?
[It's good to start the day with an item that puts everything else in perspective, isn't it?]

Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 11, 2015 6:09 PM
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Is this the SMOD (Sweet Meteor of Death) talked about in 2012?

Posted by: cond0011 at May 11, 2015 6:22 PM

Is the nightmare almost over?

Posted by: ghostsniper at May 11, 2015 7:20 PM

Ming the Merciless of the Planet Mongo has plans beyond the ken of mere mortals.
Asteroid chucking is a game for teenagers on Mongo.
In the Galactic Series of the Year 29763 Mongo defeated Kragon the Rotten to gain the title.
You oughta see the belt buckle.

Posted by: chasmatic at May 11, 2015 11:34 PM

If this happens, in the interim left to them we will witness Marxists busily attempting to lay blame on their enemies, who will soon expand to include everybody else, however briefly.

Posted by: Rob De Witt at May 11, 2015 11:55 PM

Thanks. I've completely stopped worrying now.

Posted by: leelu at May 12, 2015 6:54 AM

After the environmental studies are completed, the public comment period has been honored, and the Davis-Bacon prevailing collective bargaining wage level hiring has been completed (with appropriate outreach to disadvantaged communities), the crews can commence working on the high-lift system for deploying the asteroid defenses. No need to fret!

Posted by: Dan D at May 12, 2015 6:55 AM

Yes Rob, exactly - Bush did it and Reagan caused the AIDS.

Posted by: Denny at May 12, 2015 7:04 AM

A couple of years notice of a collision??? I doubt it. I suspect what the author really means is fund me under the promise that I can give us years ahead warning of an impending collision. But I doubt we will actually be able to predict the difference between a near miss (which we have had plenty of) and a hit with anything more then a few weeks months at most warning. What can we do with warning, even years ahead? Nothng!!!

Posted by: Gonewiththewind at May 12, 2015 8:10 AM

Could the artist move that impact point over to DC please.

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck at May 13, 2015 4:17 AM

Without Mr. Spock to decode the glyphs on the obelisk... we're doomed.

Posted by: Dr. Ted Nelson at May 13, 2015 1:01 PM

If you guys send me ten bucks each, cash in old bills, I will guarantee that any comet now approaching Earth will be diverted.
I have an in with Kragon the Rotten, Fourth Emperor of the Arachnid Galaxy, Ruler of All That Crawl Upon the Land or Swim in the Sea.
His expeditionary forces have already established forward observation bases among us. Look to Roswell, Sedona, Area 51.
His anaphasic cosmic plasma frequency inverters can move mountains, part seas, erect huge stone towers.
How you think Moses got across the Red Sea? You think them pyramids built themselves? Bwahahaha.
Oh, the money? Just stick it in an envelope and leave it on your front porch. We'll get it.

Posted by: chasmatic at May 13, 2015 1:23 PM