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    Phew! Earth dodges near-miss

    http://www.startribune.com/nation/40706152.html?elr=KArksLckD8EQDUoaEyqyP4OW3ckUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUUX

    PASADENA, Calif. - An asteroid about the size of one that blasted Siberia a century ago just buzzed by Earth.

    NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory reported that the asteroid zoomed past Monday morning.

    The asteroid named 2009 DD45 was about 48,800 miles from Earth. That is just twice the height of some telecommunications satellites and about a fifth of the distance to the Moon.

    The space ball measured between 69 feet and 154 feet in diameter. The Planetary Society said that made it the same size as an asteroid that exploded over Siberia in 1908 and leveled more than 800 square miles of forest.


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    Re: Phew! Earth dodges near-miss

    Wow, that's pretty close.
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    Re: Phew! Earth dodges near-miss

    That asteroid (they think...) that blew up over Siberia around 100 years ago is a pretty interesting event that still baffles scientists even today: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunguska_event

    It exploded in mid-air, releasing more power and devastation than an atomic bomb.

    There was a pretty interesting show on Discovery Science about it: http://dsc.discovery.com/space/slideshows/cosmic-collisions/

    http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2008/30jun_tunguska.htm
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/1628806.stm
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    Re: Phew! Earth dodges near-miss

    "C" wrote:
    That asteroid (they think...) that blew up over Siberia around 100 years ago is a pretty interesting event that still baffles scientists even today: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunguska_event

    It exploded in mid-air, releasing more power and devastation than an atomic bomb.

    There was a pretty interesting show on Discovery Science about it: http://dsc.discovery.com/space/slideshows/cosmic-collisions/

    http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2008/30jun_tunguska.htm
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/1628806.stm
    I've watched a lot of shows on the Tunguska event.
    There is still alot of debate as to exactly what caused it, although I think most of the community has settled on the stony asteroid theory.
    Still weird thinking that another one came that close to us, and we didn't notice it until a few days before it passed...
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    Re: Phew! Earth dodges near-miss

    "NodakPaul" wrote:
    "C" wrote:
    That asteroid (they think...) that blew up over Siberia around 100 years ago is a pretty interesting event that still baffles scientists even today: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunguska_event

    It exploded in mid-air, releasing more power and devastation than an atomic bomb.

    There was a pretty interesting show on Discovery Science about it: http://dsc.discovery.com/space/slideshows/cosmic-collisions/

    http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2008/30jun_tunguska.htm
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/1628806.stm
    I've watched a lot of shows on the Tunguska event.
    There is still alot of debate as to exactly what caused it, although I think most of the community has settled on the stony asteroid theory.
    Still weird thinking that another one came that close to us, and we didn't notice it until a few days before it passed...
    That show was interesting, but one of the first guys interviewed said, "I believe it to be a spaceship that was looking to refuel, but exploded in our atmosphere..."

    I wasn't going to turn it off at that point, but luckily it got a lot more sane after that comment.
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    Re: Phew! Earth dodges near-miss

    "C" wrote:
    "NodakPaul" wrote:
    "C" wrote:
    That asteroid (they think...) that blew up over Siberia around 100 years ago is a pretty interesting event that still baffles scientists even today: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunguska_event

    It exploded in mid-air, releasing more power and devastation than an atomic bomb.

    There was a pretty interesting show on Discovery Science about it: http://dsc.discovery.com/space/slideshows/cosmic-collisions/

    http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2008/30jun_tunguska.htm
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/1628806.stm
    I've watched a lot of shows on the Tunguska event.
    There is still alot of debate as to exactly what caused it, although I think most of the community has settled on the stony asteroid theory.
    Still weird thinking that another one came that close to us, and we didn't notice it until a few days before it passed...
    That show was interesting, but one of the first guys interviewed said, "I believe it to be a spaceship that was looking to refuel, but exploded in our atmosphere..."

    I wasn't going to turn it off at that point, but luckily it got a lot more sane after that comment.
    That's amazingly dumb. There was no spaceship that exploded. The spaceship's engine just backfired. Those anti-matter clutches can be a bitch when you're just learning to fly.

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    Re: Phew! Earth dodges near-miss

    "josdin00" wrote:
    "C" wrote:
    "NodakPaul" wrote:
    "C" wrote:
    That asteroid (they think...) that blew up over Siberia around 100 years ago is a pretty interesting event that still baffles scientists even today: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunguska_event

    It exploded in mid-air, releasing more power and devastation than an atomic bomb.

    There was a pretty interesting show on Discovery Science about it: http://dsc.discovery.com/space/slideshows/cosmic-collisions/

    http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2008/30jun_tunguska.htm
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/1628806.stm
    I've watched a lot of shows on the Tunguska event.
    There is still alot of debate as to exactly what caused it, although I think most of the community has settled on the stony asteroid theory.
    Still weird thinking that another one came that close to us, and we didn't notice it until a few days before it passed...
    That show was interesting, but one of the first guys interviewed said, "I believe it to be a spaceship that was looking to refuel, but exploded in our atmosphere..."

    I wasn't going to turn it off at that point, but luckily it got a lot more sane after that comment.
    That's amazingly dumb. There was no spaceship that exploded. The spaceship's engine just backfired. Those anti-matter clutches can be a beeyatch when you're just learning to fly.
    I'm pretty sure they can explode when they are low on fuel and the vapors are high!
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    Re: Phew! Earth dodges near-miss

    Hey C mac D - is that a noose around Chillers neck in your signature? lol.

    On the asteroid.. can't wait for the founder of the internet to chime in on how global warming is attracting space balls..
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    Re: Phew! Earth dodges near-miss

    "pack93z" wrote:
    Hey C mac D - is that a noose around Chillers neck in your signature? lol.

    On the asteroid.. can't wait for the founder of the internet to chime in on how global warming is attacking space balls..
    ;D


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