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originally posted by: sapien82
surely this would be reason enough to start a species survival contingency plan! start sending lots and lots of us into space
we cant keep all of our eggs in one basket !
originally posted by: Frocharocha
Meh, we already hadthings like that before, but i'm still waiting to see this asteroid on the sky.
Professor Robert Walsh urges scientists to take the threat of an impending apocalypse seriously - because look what happened to the dinosaurs.
A research expert insists the world could end soon because of a catastrophic meteor impact - despite NASA's reassurances. Conspiracy theorists say it's time to say bye-bye to our loved ones as they claim Earth's final day could come anywhere from the 22 to the 28 September .
They predict a plethora of horrors will ravage the planet including meteor strikes, earthquakes, tsunamis - with some suggesting they will be sent by God. However, Nasa says it is constantly monitoring the heavens for signs of any incoming asteroids and has given the all-clear.
The article also tried to counter his idea by saying that Nasa could not miss an Asteroid that big coming towards us, which i agree:
The international astronomy community is taking seriously the slim threat of a devastating collision with asteroid. In April 2015, an international conference organised by the European Space Agency brought together several scientific disciplines (including astronomers, physicists and engineers) to debate and role-play the possibilities around dealing with an Earth directed asteroid collision.
NASA indicates that if there was any object large enough to do the type of destruction in September indicated by claims across the blogs and web postings, we would have seen it by now.
NASA’s Near Earth Object office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory is at the forefront of what is now a worldwide collaboration to watch the skies for any asteroids that could do harm to our planet.
Their “Spaceguard” programme detects and tracks these objects as well as trying to determine their nature; such as what is their mass or what could they be made of.
Do you think we will be hit soon? If an Asteroid doesn't kill us, i'm pretty sure humans could do the job:
originally posted by: ABNARTY
Amazing how many people (even on this thread) like to reassure themselves of a safe existence by pointing out "the experts" would surely have noticed a threat to said existence by now. Fallacy much?
There are literally zillions (yes, that is the the technical term) of objects flying around our solar system of various sizes. Some are really big and "the experts" are pretty confident about them:
However, the smaller ones are where the trouble is. They are really hard to detect much less track. The window of warning could be very small. They might not cause an ELE on Earth but they would defiantly bring a world of hurt to a given area if the approach is right. The long term empirical evidence demonstrating this certainty is unassailable.
I have no clue on this particular object as I am not "an expert". Yet I am not going to feel smug over some NASA public affairs filtered reassurances my tax dollars are well spent at their fine agency.
originally posted by: Nexttimemaybe
Would the officials even tell us if something like this what to hit us. It would serve no purpose to panick the people.
originally posted by: jkramer
Well, if it strikes i guess we wont have to worry any more about martial law, the illumnatti, isis, ww3, reptiliean aliens, cern, planned parenthood killing unborn babies, who killed jfk, why we went into iraq, what exactly brought down the twin towers, what obama is really trying to do, etc...
sounds like a plus to me!