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posted by martyb on Tuesday January 18, @06:34PM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]

A huge, kilometer-wide asteroid will pass by Earth today:

It will pass within 1.2 million miles of our planet, moving at 47,344 miles per hour, according to NASA's Center for Near Earth Object Studies, which tracks potentially hazardous comets and asteroids that could collide with our planet.

The approaching asteroid is known as 7482 (1994 PC1), and it was discovered in 1994, according to NASA.

Nobody expects 7482 (1994 PC1) to hit Earth, but it's the closest the asteroid will come for the next two centuries, according to NASA projections. The asteroid is expected to be at its nearest to our planet at 4.51 p.m. ET.

[...] It won't be the largest asteroid ever to sweep past Earth. That honor belongs to the asteroid 3122 Florence (1981 ET3), which flew by and missed colliding with Earth on September 1, 2017. That asteroid is estimated to be between 2.5 miles and 5.5miles wide, and it will make another pass on September 2, 2057.

[...] While the asteroid is unlikely to be visible today with the naked eye, amateur astronomers with a small telescope should be able to spot it, according to the website EarthSky.com.


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 18, @07:10PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 18, @07:10PM (#1213635)

    Nobody expects 7482 (1994 PC1) to hit Earth...

    Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition, either.

    • (Score: 2, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 18, @07:18PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 18, @07:18PM (#1213639)

      I expect the asteroid known as 7482 to hit earth today, so the article is factually incorrect.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @02:03AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @02:03AM (#1213747)

        》so the article is factually incorrect.

        Not if you are nobody, AC.

    • (Score: 2) by looorg on Tuesday January 18, @07:55PM

      by looorg (578) on Tuesday January 18, @07:55PM (#1213645)

      ... that is what the Dinosaurs said, or grunted or whatever they did.

      Also wouldn't it have been amusing if it hit (totally not cool but still) and this news was posted afterwards?

  • (Score: 3, Funny) by Runaway1956 on Tuesday January 18, @07:22PM (14 children)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday January 18, @07:22PM (#1213640) Homepage Journal

    amateur astronomers with a small telescope should be able to spot it,

    moving at 47,344 miles per hour

    Expect emergency rooms to be filled with whiplash victims today.

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    Our first six presidents were educated men. Then, along came a Democrat.
    • (Score: 1, Flamebait) by DannyB on Tuesday January 18, @07:30PM (10 children)

      by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday January 18, @07:30PM (#1213641) Journal

      Aren't emergency rooms already filled with unvaccinated covid-19 patients? [npr.org]

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      I had some thoughts about lasers, but they were incoherent.
      • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 18, @08:01PM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 18, @08:01PM (#1213647)

        All that horse dewormer and no one told them it gives them herpes! Or that is what the philandering Republicans want their wives to believe anyway.

        • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @04:26AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @04:26AM (#1213779)

          Yes, yeessss.... let the hate flow through you...

      • (Score: 1, Informative) by Runaway1956 on Tuesday January 18, @08:53PM (6 children)

        by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday January 18, @08:53PM (#1213666) Homepage Journal

        Actually, they're filled with fully vaccinated and boostered people. Don't forget your next booster!

        https://www.cnbc.com/2021/12/13/oxford-university-study-says-omicron-can-hit-the-double-vaccinated.html [cnbc.com]
        https://www.advisory.com/daily-briefing/2022/01/13/omicron-vaccination-rates [advisory.com]

        The narrative isn't working, Danny. Tune in to another channel for your talking points. Pick one that says that COVID will become endemic, everyone will get it, and it will become something of a rite of passage, rather like chicken pox and measles used to be.

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        Our first six presidents were educated men. Then, along came a Democrat.
        • (Score: 2, Informative) by Mockingbird on Tuesday January 18, @09:19PM

          by Mockingbird (15239) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday January 18, @09:19PM (#1213673) Journal

          Measles, you say? Polio? Massive hookworm infestations?

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_Samoa_measles_outbreak [wikipedia.org]

          Of course, if it's not things falling out of the sky, the earth itself might try to kill you [arkansasonline.com].

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          "It is a sin to kill a mockingbird" Atticus Finch
        • (Score: 5, Informative) by Thexalon on Tuesday January 18, @09:20PM (2 children)

          by Thexalon (636) on Tuesday January 18, @09:20PM (#1213675)

          If you're vaccinated and do get Covid, you're far less likely to have to spend time in the hospital or die, at least according to the CDC's study of the incidence of breakthrough infections [cdc.gov], which involves enough people that the conspiracy would have to be gigantic for them to be all lying about it.

          So by your logic, if there's a 3% chance of a bad thing happening, that's identical in every way to a 30% chance of that bad thing happening, and only a fool would take a completely safe step to reduce their risks. Got it.

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          Alcohol makes the world go round ... and round and round.
          • (Score: 0, Offtopic) by Runaway1956 on Tuesday January 18, @09:31PM (1 child)

            by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday January 18, @09:31PM (#1213679) Homepage Journal

            All conspiracies are gigantic. Unless they are vast, as Hillary pointed out.

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            Our first six presidents were educated men. Then, along came a Democrat.
            • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @12:24AM

              by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @12:24AM (#1213729)

              What's up Maureen!

        • (Score: 5, Informative) by Mykl on Tuesday January 18, @09:38PM

          by Mykl (1112) on Tuesday January 18, @09:38PM (#1213683)

          The narrative isn't working, Danny

          I assume you're talking about your own narrative, Runaway?

          Unvaccinated people are about 30 times more likely [time.com] to end up in ICU or dead than vaccinated people. The vaccine isn't a silver bullet, but more like kevlar armor.

        • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @03:41AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @03:41AM (#1213775)

          Seems Runaway's sock puppets are out in force tonight.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 18, @11:07PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 18, @11:07PM (#1213709)

        The unvaxxed don't realize the real purpose of the vaccine is to lower their bone density so when the Earth's axis of rotation nutates after the dipole finishes moving they float better during the floods.

    • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Mockingbird on Tuesday January 18, @09:09PM (1 child)

      by Mockingbird (15239) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday January 18, @09:09PM (#1213672) Journal

      Expect emergency rooms to be filled with whiplash victims today.

      A truck driver, or lawyer's, view of astrophysics!
      From a vantage point of 1.2 million miles, an object moving at 47,344 miles per hour is pretty slow. Runaway's physics is nearly as good as his legal advice!

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      "It is a sin to kill a mockingbird" Atticus Finch
      • (Score: 2, Flamebait) by Runaway1956 on Tuesday January 18, @09:36PM

        by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday January 18, @09:36PM (#1213681) Homepage Journal

        That's just cold. Why you wanna lump truck drivers and lawyers together? Hmmmm - the QOTD seems appropriate here - "You will be run over by a beer truck."

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        Our first six presidents were educated men. Then, along came a Democrat.
    • (Score: 2) by inertnet on Tuesday January 18, @10:04PM

      by inertnet (4071) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday January 18, @10:04PM (#1213692)

      Well, don't look up [imdb.com].

  • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 18, @07:45PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 18, @07:45PM (#1213642)

    "small kilometer wide" asteroid? Take a marketer hat off.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @07:33AM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @07:33AM (#1213797)

      Jesus Christ, that's.... I mean, that's gotta be... How many football fields is that?

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @01:44PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @01:44PM (#1213836)

        Depends. Metric or imperial football fields?

  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @12:26AM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @12:26AM (#1213733)

    Or can we nudge it on to a collision course?

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @07:35AM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @07:35AM (#1213798)

      Just wait a couple million years or so and one of these bad boys will pay a visit. Hold plenty of popcorn in reserve.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @06:56PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 19, @06:56PM (#1213901)

        So if this happens in my lifetime, i vote we have a popcorn party at the impact site.

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