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Old 02-28-2012, 10:32 AM
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Asteroid 2011 AG5 May Pose Threat to Earth in 2040

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Scientists are keeping a close eye on a big asteroid that may pose an impact threat to Earth in a few decades.

The space rock, which is called 2011 AG5, is about 460 feet (140 meters) wide. It may come close enough to Earth in 2040 that some researchers are calling for a discussion about how to deflect it.

Talk about the asteroid was on the agenda during the 49th session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), held earlier this month in Vienna.

A UN Action Team on near-Earth objects (NEOs) noted the asteroid’s repeat approaches to Earth and the possibility — however remote — that 2011 AG5 might smack into our planet 28 years from now.

The object was discovered in January 2011 by Mount Lemmon Survey observers in Tucson, Ariz. While scientists have a good bead on the space rock's size, its mass and compositional makeup are unknown at present

"2011 AG5 is the object which currently has the highest chance of impacting the Earth … in 2040. However, we have only observed it for about half an orbit, thus the confidence in these calculations is still not very high," said Detlef Koschny of the European Space Agency’s Solar System Missions Division in Noordwijk, The Netherlands.
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What is your plan if a big asteroid is going to impact Earth?
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Old 02-29-2012, 02:27 AM
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If this thing really hits the earth... mhh... I think I would go on a trip around the world a year (or two) before the thing hits.
 
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Asteroid here, asteroid there, if we were to care for any silly rock floating our way, we would probably die of stress.
 
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Old 02-29-2012, 10:03 AM
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We've had a lot of "close calls" from what I hear. Not something I worry about. Hearing this particular one is 30 years in the future, even less of a worry.

If a truly HUGE asteroid WERE to hit the earth (and I'm not thinking one will), then I doubt there would be much anyone could truly do to prepare or plan for it. You'd probably need a bunker, with a way to produce your own food, water, and power, for a period of years, and even after that, not sure you could make it.

Better hope the aliens come to evacuate us.
 
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Better hope the aliens come to evacuate us.
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A meteor around 1/2 to 1/3 that size hit Russia in 1908. It was a significant event, this one would be about 2 to 3 times the size. So it is unlikely to cause world wide damage, but it would cause some weather issues for a few years.
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I have a nuclear shelter nearby, you're most welcome.
 
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It would be awesome if this dirty world ceased its existence.
 
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I still need to worry about it hopefully, lol.
 
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So ah kju385, nuclear you said?
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Hmmm...let's see...I am 68 now and that would make me......ummmm..
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If we can't deflect/blow up a 140 meter wide flying rock by 2040 we deserve to get squashed
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So ah kju385, nuclear you said?
Be sure to bring some snacks. And alien cannons if you have any left
 
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