Space rock found on collision course with Earth

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Space rock found on collision course with Earth

Post: # 121175Post Egaladeist
Mon Oct 06, 2008 11:26 pm

For the first time, astronomers have found an object on a certain collision course with Earth. Fortunately, it is so small it is not expected to cause any damage, burning up in the atmosphere somewhere above northern Sudan in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. It may, however, produce a brilliant 'shooting star'.

The space rock, dubbed 2008 TC3, was first spotted on Monday...

If it disintegrates all at once, it would produce a bright flash of light and a loud sonic boom, says Chesley.

This space rock is so small it is unlikely to cause any damage. "The only concern is that [the explosions] might be interpreted as something else, that is man-made explosions. Thus in this case, the earlier the public worldwide is aware that this is a natural phenomenon, which involves no risk, the better," Milani's team wrote on a popular astronomy listserv.

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Re: Space rock found on collision course with Earth

Post: # 121230Post keezel
Wed Oct 08, 2008 1:10 am

Egaladeist wrote:This space rock is so small it is unlikely to cause any damage under normal circumstances. Unfortunately it is heading directly for the Hadron Collider, and will very likely create a massive super-dense black hole that will CONSUME US ALL!!! RUN AWAY!!!
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Re: Space rock found on collision course with Earth

Post: # 121238Post Aspman
Wed Oct 08, 2008 10:18 am

Luckily the LHC is kaput right now.

Engineers are on route from a parallel universe to fix the fault
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Re: Space rock found on collision course with Earth

Post: # 121319Post Shippwreck
Thu Oct 09, 2008 8:09 pm

LOL... I got an e-mail the other day about the LHC... i'll have to dig it up and post it here ;)
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