Only 325,000 km to the left...

Discussion in 'The Red Room' started by We Are Borg vs. USS Crazy Horse, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. We Are Borg vs. USS Crazy Horse

    We Are Borg vs. USS Crazy Horse Probably a Dual

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    ...and all our problems would be solved. :sigh:

  2. Dan Leach

    Dan Leach Climbing Staff Member Moderator

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    Calling JohnM....
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  3. $corp

    $corp Dirty Old Chinaman

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    An asteroid the size of an aircraft carrier seems huge, but is pretty tiny compared to the Earth.

    I'm wondering, how large does an asteroid or meteor have to be in order to generate a disaster? Any asteroid will burn up somewhat upon entry into the atmo, so I'm guessing an asteroid would have to be several magnitudes larger in order for us to care.
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  4. We Are Borg vs. USS Crazy Horse

    We Are Borg vs. USS Crazy Horse Probably a Dual

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    Yes, but it would be travelling at unimaginable speeds. A typical asteroid would be moving at about 40,000 to 50,000 km/h. At impact, it would have the same effect as detonating thousands of nuclear weapons. Either way, it ain't gonna be a good day for the people living within several thousand kilometres of the impact zone.
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  5. Captain X

    Captain X Responsible cookie control

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    Hell, even one that small would cause a regional disaster - it doesn't have to be very big to do that.
  6. Uncle Albert

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    The year I was born. That's gotta mean something. :chris:
  7. Lanzman

    Lanzman Vast, Cool and Unsympathetic Formerly Important

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    Rick should be in here any second to explain to us how we're in no danger of being hit by an asteroid and shouldn't waste money tracking them.
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  8. The Exception

    The Exception The One Who Will Be Administrator Super Moderator

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    Every week I see several posts on here wishing for the asteroid to come. If you hate human life so much, why not just off yourselves now and get it over with?
  9. We Are Borg vs. USS Crazy Horse

    We Are Borg vs. USS Crazy Horse Probably a Dual

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    You first.
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  10. Lanzman

    Lanzman Vast, Cool and Unsympathetic Formerly Important

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    Cuz I want all you fuckers to go with me!! :shakefist:
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  11. We Are Borg vs. USS Crazy Horse

    We Are Borg vs. USS Crazy Horse Probably a Dual

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    There's a big difference between hating human life and hating human civilization. I happen to hate the latter. As a species, we've cocked things up so badly that it likely would take an asteroid to hit the reset button and hope for better.
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  12. Spaceturkey

    Spaceturkey official beverage of antifa

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    giant asteroid vs. gigantic asshole?
  13. Forbin

    Forbin Do you feel fluffy, punk?

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    About the size of an aircraft carrier.
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  14. Dan Leach

    Dan Leach Climbing Staff Member Moderator

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    Depends what its made of. Some are like ash,... notso bad. Some are ice/dirt, bad. Some are rubble piles of rock and metal, very bad. Some are nickel/iron... ouch
  15. Sean the Puritan

    Sean the Puritan Endut! Hoch Hech!

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    Gross conceptual error on your part, old chap.

    I fully intend to survive.

    It's all of you assholes that I want to die in a cosmic fireball.
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  16. Bulldog

    Bulldog Only Pawn in Game of Life

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    DIAAI!
    (Die in an asteroid impact)
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    Bickendan Custom Title Administrator Faceless Mook Writer

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  18. Zombie

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    At 400 meters in diameter it will wreck a lot of damage but it won't be the equivalent of thousands of nuclear weapons nor will people several thousand kilometers from the impact zone have to worry.

    Play with this program:

    http://www.purdue.edu/IMPACTEARTH
  19. Zombie

    Zombie dead and loving it

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    According to wiki:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2005_YU55

    "According to Jay Melosh, if an asteroid the size of 2005 YU55 (~400 meters) were to hit land, it would create a crater 4 miles across (1,700 feet deep) and generate a magnitude 7 earthquake."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jay_Melosh

    "Dr. H. Jay Melosh (born June 23, 1947) is an American geophysicist, renowned as an expert on impact cratering. He earned a degree in physics from Princeton University and a doctoral degree in physics and geology from Caltech in 1972. Dr. Melosh's research interests include impact craters, planetary tectonics, and the physics of earthquakes and landslides. His recent research includes studies of the giant impact origin of the moon, the K/T impact that extinguished the dinosaurs and the ejection of rocks from their parent bodies. He is also active in astrobiological studies that relate chiefly to the exchange of microorganisms between the terrestrial planets (a process known as panspermia, or in his terms transpermia [1]). In 1989, Oxford University Press published his book "Impact Cratering: A Geologic Process" (ISBN 0-19-510463-3)"
  20. The Exception

    The Exception The One Who Will Be Administrator Super Moderator

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    I like living, and while a lot of people are shitbags, I'd sooner have them alive than have everyone perish in some fiery apocalypse.
  21. The Exception

    The Exception The One Who Will Be Administrator Super Moderator

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    What makes you think you'll be so lucky?
  22. Uncle Albert

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    Because everyone I leave behind would be all sad and junk.

    But if everyone dies, then we're talking about a tidy, remorseless little arrangement.

    :diablo:
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  23. Caboose

    Caboose ....

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    Damnit Lanz. Get the bugs out of that machine. :bailey:
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  24. Muad Dib

    Muad Dib Probably a Dual Deceased Member

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    I don't know, but I've got a hardon just thinking about it. :j: :ele:
  25. Sean the Puritan

    Sean the Puritan Endut! Hoch Hech!

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    What sort of moron fantasizes that he dies while all the douchebags live? Are you retarded? Never mind. I already know. You're retarded.
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  26. Demiurge

    Demiurge Goodbye and Hello, as always.

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    I think you may be overstating that a tad. :devil:
  27. Dan Leach

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    Thought this was cool

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  28. Starchaser

    Starchaser Fallen Angel

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    Do you think we could at least get it to hit Washington DC? :pwease:
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  29. Bulldog

    Bulldog Only Pawn in Game of Life

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    "Missed it by that much."
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  30. Muad Dib

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