Well Shit... Russians discover mountain-sized asteroid whose orbit crosses the Earth's every 3 years

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    A Russian astrophysicist says his team has located a huge, mountain-sized asteroid whose orbit crosses the Earth's every three years.


    Even though experts say the giant object, known as 2014 UR116, poses no immediate threat of collision, its unexpected discovery underscores how little is still known about asteroids and their unpredictable orbits.

    Vladimir Lipunov, a professor at Moscow State University, announced the find in a short documentary, "Asteroid Attack," posted on the website of the Russian Space Agency on Sunday. Mr. Lipunov says the asteroid, which he calculates is 370 meters in diameter, could hit the Earth with an explosion 1,000 times greater than the surprise 2013 impact of a bus-sized meteor in Russia. That object entered Earth’s atmosphere over the city of Chelyabinsk,resulting in a series of ferocious blasts that blew out windows and damaged buildings for miles around.

    In the film, Lipunov says it's difficult to calculate the orbit of big objects like 2014 UR116 because, as they hurtle through the solar system, their trajectories are constantly being altered by the gravitational pull of nearby planets. "We need to permanently track this asteroid, because even a small mistake in calculations could have serious consequences," he said.

    There is little indication that this particular asteroid could hit the Earth in the next few decades, though over a much longer period a collision looks quite likely, says Natan Esmant, an expert with the official Space Research Institute in Moscow. A more serious issue, he says, is the estimated 100,000 near-Earth objects, such as asteroids and comets, which can cross our planet's orbit and are large enough to be dangerous. Only about 11,000 have so far been tracked and cataloged.


    http://news.yahoo.com/russian-scientist-spies-mountain-sized-asteroid-heading-way-170022867.html
     
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    @skylarbrie Look up, this is how you embed an article.
     
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    It's just Robin's discarded colon. Carry on.
     
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    Maddysmom is the crackpot Dawg's deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we'll mock her. Because she's a crazy nut. Because she's not our crackpot. She's a jabbering fool. A ridiculous caricature. A Looney Cunt.
     
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    DarkFriday Fired as a MOD...Twice. Gold

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    i guess we've been pretty lucky then:haha:
     
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    It's all gonna come to a crashing end. Doubt it'll be by asteroid, but thanks for sharing.
     
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    J.J. Abrams put it well in Armageddon....



    "It's just a question of when." :scared:
     
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    LaserT You have to have fun. Gold

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    It will be us.
     
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    LaserT You have to have fun. Gold

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    President: Dan, we didn't see this thing coming?

    Dan: Well, our object collison budget's a million dollars, that allows us to track about 3% of the sky, and beg'n your pardon sir, but it's a big-ass sky.

    So true. :snicker:
     
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    Lets buy the iraq army more airplanes instead. ..

    We kind of deserve this shit hitting us in, a fucked up way
     
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    LaserT You have to have fun. Gold

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    The governments take the odds risk that an asteroid or Yellowstone National Park will not affect us in at least a 1000 years. I'm pretty sure the human race will be gone by then. :dontknow:
     
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    It will happen the day I win the lottery
     
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    Since our sun has burned halfway through it's lifecycle, it is interesting to ponder its effects on future earth as it withers. Good times.
     
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    I don't know why they don't just send Superman into space to deflect the asteroid.
     
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    It's a dormant Reaper.. Keeping tabs on us...
     
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    It's just a space turd. God forgot to flush.
     
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    on a brighter note we still have about 7 Billion years left before it runs out.....Beth will be 41 by then.