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Fri Feb 15, 2013, 11:04 AM

I was just looking at a show on Discovery earlier yesterday about extinction level meteorite strikes

And late last night I heard about what happened in Russia.

Makes you wonder if there's still a big one coming for us.

If it is, all we can do is assume the proper posture for large, extinction level meteorite strikes:


- Take a seat in a comfortable chair

- Bend down and backwards as much as humanly possible

- Kiss your sweet ass goodbye

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Reply I was just looking at a show on Discovery earlier yesterday about extinction level meteorite strikes (Original post)
MrScorpio Feb 2013 OP
TheMastersNemesis Feb 2013 #1
kimbutgar Feb 2013 #2
MrScorpio Feb 2013 #4
hobbit709 Feb 2013 #3
snooper2 Feb 2013 #5
hobbit709 Feb 2013 #7
theKed Feb 2013 #10
longship Feb 2013 #6
MrScorpio Feb 2013 #8
longship Feb 2013 #12
SidDithers Feb 2013 #13
Puzzledtraveller Feb 2013 #9
SidDithers Feb 2013 #11
Fumesucker Feb 2013 #14
MrScorpio Feb 2013 #15
Javaman Feb 2013 #16

Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 11:07 AM

1. That's About Right

If you go on Youtube and watch the "Last Day Of The Dinosaurs" you really get the picture.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 11:10 AM

2. Today's there's supposed to be a meteorite passing by earth at 2PM EST 11AM PST

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Response to kimbutgar (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 11:14 AM

4. Maybe the Europeans can explore it, like they explore Halley's Comet

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 11:12 AM

3. The question is not if, but when?

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 11:21 AM

5. Should be more worried about Yellowstone since it's past due to blow...

It's more likely to be the "oh shit we are fucked" event



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Response to snooper2 (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 11:27 AM

7. Yellowstone would cause major climatic changes worldwide

But it's not on the same scale as a dinosaur killer.

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #7)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 11:59 AM

10. Supervolcanic eruptions

Have caused several global mass extinctions in the past, actually. Yellowstone would probably turn most of north america into a wasteland, and kill a lot of everything globally.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 11:22 AM

6. Here's another video (14 min) with the Bad Astronomer.

I've been posting this today in threads about the meteor and asteroid. It's pretty good.


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Response to longship (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 11:50 AM

8. So there is hope

We just have to find it in time

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Response to MrScorpio (Reply #8)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 12:02 PM

12. The B612 Foundation!

B612 Foundation has lots of info on their page.

Here's the Wiki page

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Response to longship (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 12:04 PM

13. It's not just pretty good, it's pretty excellent...



Glad you put it here.

Sid

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 11:52 AM

9. When it's over, it's over

I actually find it comforting to realize that.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 12:02 PM

11. Phil Plait had a great TED talk about asteroids and impacts...

Edit: see it posted upthread already. I should read the thread before replying to the OP.



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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 12:13 PM

14. The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) will help find these dangerous pieces of debris

http://www.lsst.org/lsst/

With a 3.2 gigapixel camera it will survey the entire sky to a very deep level a couple of times a week, the repetition is the key to finding moving things like asteroids in the sky.

http://www.lsst.org/lsst/faq

Q: Why build an entirely new telescope for this task?
A: Because no existing telescope can do what the LSST will do. The LSST is different from other ground-based telescopes in that it is a wide-field survey telescope and camera that can move quickly around the sky and image everything over and over. We describe it as Wide-Fast-Deep. That combination is unique: wide field of view (10 square degrees), short exposures (pairs of 15-second exposures), and sensitive camera (24th magnitude single images, 27th magnitude stacked). LSST is far more than a telescope. With its 3200 Megapixel camera, supercomputer, and giant data processing, analysis, and distribution system, the LSST facility will produce an entirely new view of our universe enabling unforeseen explorations of discovery.


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Response to Fumesucker (Reply #14)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 12:16 PM

15. Nifty! nt

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 12:20 PM

16. There is always a big one coming for us.

it's just a matter of when.

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