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Close call on Monday with asteroid.

Discussion in 'The OT' started by Matt9876, Jun 26, 2011.

  1. Nick

    Nick Retired, part-time PITA DBSTalk Club

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    Now just where did I put my WWI helmet? :scratch:
     
  2. dpeters11

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    Yes, but I also read Bad Astronomy on occasion :)
     
  3. phrelin

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    Nothing now. But if we worked on it seriously, maybe in a few decades.
     
  4. James Long

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    We are talking about something relatively tiny. It is like sitting in your living room and trying to see a gnat.

    The asteroid coming tomorrow isn't the size of Texas ... and just like the "near misses" in terrorism we have heard about from Homeland Security it is good to know that someone is watching the skies ... and providing as much warning as possible.
     
  5. Doug Brott

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    Yeah, if they can ever figure out a "shoot it down" scenario, a few days notice might even be sufficient for action - emphasis on "might."
     
  6. SayWhat?

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    "They" are watching and sending that gnat to test us. :eek2:












    :rolleyes:
     
  7. Drucifer

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    Need a huge ping-pong paddle.
     
  8. Stewart Vernon

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    I think maybe my point was missed.

    I like that they are tracking things in space... and hopefully working on response scenarios in case something doesn't miss...

    AND... I would want/expect a warning when something is heading towards us.

    But I really don't need an announcement every time something is going to miss.

    For those who watch the Simpsons... One time Homer invented an "everything's ok" alarm, that made an obnoxiously loud noise every 15 seconds as long as everything was still ok!

    I need to know when the tornado is coming... I don't need to know all the days that there isn't going to be a tornado. I need to know about the flood... but I don't need an announcement that it isn't going to flood tomorrow.

    That's what I was meaning... I'm not sure what the point of announcing that nothing is going to happen, when 99% of the people wouldn't even know the asteroid was out there to miss us... All the announcement does is make people think "oh no, maybe the next one will"...

    I would rather they save the panic for when something actually is about to happen.
     
  9. James Long

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    If you looked out your window and saw green skies or heavy weather you might want to know there was no tornado there. If you had a day of continuous rain you might want the reassurance that it wasn't enough to cause a flood. The trouble is when those that know decide to say NOTHING then those who worry just have more fodder.

    Imagine the conspiracy theorists pouncing on the fact that a space object came close to Earth ... closer than satellites ... without any comment or notice. Yet another round of "what the government isn't telling you".

    It seems easier to make a brief honest statement than withhold facts.

    It doesn't have to be panic. Think of it as a tornado watch or severe thunderstorm watch. Be aware that this situation is occurring ... but DON'T PANIC ... we'll let you know if you need to do anything.
     
  10. Nick

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    When it comes to those events that might make people panic, the government probably won't tell us until it's too late, or mebbe not tell us at all. The thing our illustrious leaders fear most, second only to being removed from office, is widespread panic in the streets. For some reason, those in charge don't like people running around willy-nilly.

    Of course, the worst possible disaster that could possibly happen to a community is the loss of a hockey championship. :rolleyes:

    Remain calm, people. Remain calm.
     
  11. Lucavex

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    Announcing a near-miss is their way to showcasing your tax dollars at work.

    That's all there is to it. Just a reminder that the folks are there, and are doing their jobs, and by the way this almost hit us.

    I don't see a problem with any of this at all, really. They keep watch on the skies, so I can focus on the truly important things, like the next episode of "Toddlers and Tiaras".
     
  12. RobertE

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    Without the announcement stating that they found something, it was really, really close, but all is good shows that they are doing something with your tax dollars as Lucavex said. If they were to stay silent, they may fall victim to slash and burn budget ideology.
     
  13. Stewart Vernon

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    True... but how many people were looking in the sky last week and saw a distant asteroid hurtling towards the near miss? I'm sure no switchboards were flooded with calls asking about the asteroid and if it would hit us.

    That too was part of my point... had they made no announcement, virtually nobody would have been wondering if there was an asteroid about to hit us.

    True... but the same could be said about all kinds of other things that they don't make announcements for... They don't make announcements specifying all known terrorist activity, for example, that they are going to (or already have) foiled... I suspect there aren't even announcements made for all of these near-misses.

    It just seems like busy-work, though... stirring the pot for stirring sake. Even in the weather example... they will announce when conditions are right for a tornado and issue a warning that there could be one... but only during severe weather. On days when you otherwise wouldn't suspect a tornado, they don't issue "all is safe" announcements because there's no real point.

    These, I think, are the real points... just people justifying their jobs so people think they are getting value for their money. Given how people and governments operate, I too believe that IF they knew an asteroid was coming straight for us they would not make a huge announcement about it until the last possible moment.

    It would be more like those movies where they try to develop a plan in secret and don't tell the public until the have to, in order to avoid the panic... So, IF they are going to wait to announce an actual hit... I wish they would do the same thing and not announce the near-misses like they did something!

    In other news...

    Today our sun did not go nova... and our moon is still in orbit. Also, the earth is still rotating on its axis and going around the sun at expected speeds. Nothing from outer-space hit us today, and the forecast calls for nothing to his us for the next week.

    This just in... can planets just suddenly explode for no reason? Probably not, but tune in at eleven for details...
     
  14. SayWhat?

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    Marvin the Martian: At last, after two thousand years of research, the illudium Q-36 explosive space modulator. At last...

    Marvin the Martian: Where's the kaboom? There was supposed to be an earth-shattering kaboom!


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  15. tenpins

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    +1

    All we need now are the "Add Water for Martian Mutants." Where is Bug's when we need him!
     
  16. trh

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    Detecting asteroids is not a mission of NORAD.
     
  17. tcusta00

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    They track Santa. :lol:
     
  18. trh

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    Because they can. Asteroids they can't.
     
  19. P Smith

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    Gone ...

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