posted on Oct, 3 2013 @ 08:00 PM
reply to post by Phage
and when it splits apart, even without any explosion as someone here suggests, the gravitational forces influencing the path of every separate piece,
will be entirely different than the force influencing that comet as a single object, am i right? it may have neglible influence now, but when the
comet will be flying around the sun - the smallest change in gravitational forces will accumulate along comet's path.
the comet has its mass, when split apart, every single piece has its own mass - smaller than the mass of the whole object, obviously - and while the
comet's velocity won't change, and the sun's mass won't change, the whole equation will split apart into separate equations for every single piece
of the comet flying around the sun, and while the change may be subtle, i wouldn't be so sure if it won't accumulate enough for some of those pieces
to hit the earth. it's just a guess, but there are to many variables imho in case of the comet split - how it'll split, when it'll split - to just
negate such possibility.
unless, of course, you can provide a mathematical proof to negate my post entirely - i'm more than willing to see it, honestly.