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Capture Florence

Postby Rob Lister » Sat Aug 19, 2017 12:35 pm

Well, there's not enough time to do it now but let's at least get the next one.

A THREE MILE wide asteroid is set to graze past Earth on Sept. 1 - and NASA says it's the largest to come this close since they began keeping track

NASA says asteroid that's 2.7 miles wide will make 'relatively close encounter'
Dubbed ‘Florence,’ the space rock will pass 4.4 million miles from our planet
This is the closest an object this large has come since NASA began NEO program
It hasn't come this close since 1890, and won't be this close again until 2,500


A massive asteroid estimated to be 2.7 miles wide is set to make a ‘relatively close encounter’ with Earth on September 1.

Dubbed ‘Florence,’ the huge space rock will pass just 4.4 million miles from our planet – or, about 18 times the distance between Earth and the moon.

According to NASA, this is the closest an asteroid of this size has come since they first began tracking near-Earth objects, giving scientists an unprecedented opportunity to study it up close through ground-based radar observations.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/ ... ept-1.html

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I'm not sure what we'd do with it once we got it. But we should get it.

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Re: Capture Florence

Postby Grammatron » Sat Aug 19, 2017 6:44 pm

I have a question about the graphic.

What is that moving right to left in the background?
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Re: Capture Florence

Postby Rob Lister » Sat Aug 19, 2017 7:52 pm

Dark matter. :!

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Re: Capture Florence

Postby Mentat » Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:28 pm

Rob Lister wrote:I'm not sure what we'd do with it once we got it. But we should get it.


Put a flag on it and drop it on our enemies.

Specifically: Wales
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Re: Capture Florence

Postby Anaxagoras » Sat Aug 19, 2017 11:15 pm

2.7 miles wide sounds pretty massive. I doubt we have the ability to capture something that big. Maybe a small one if it's not going too fast.
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Re: Capture Florence

Postby Rob Lister » Sat Aug 19, 2017 11:35 pm

Well, just change the orbit enough to get it to crash into the moon. It would be fun!

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Re: Capture Florence

Postby Mentat » Sat Aug 19, 2017 11:39 pm

Anaxagoras wrote:2.7 miles wide sounds pretty massive. I doubt we have the ability to capture something that big. Maybe a small one if it's not going too fast.


2.7 miles is too big to capture on a moments notice, but you can in principle nab large asteroids by nudging their orbit so that the Earth or Moon's gravity slows it down.
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Re: Capture Florence

Postby Rob Lister » Sun Aug 20, 2017 12:19 am

So you're sayin'
Well, there's not enough time to do it now but let's at least get the next one.

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Re: Capture Florence

Postby Mentat » Sun Aug 20, 2017 12:22 am

The conditions need to be just right, but yeah. We need to start our industrial space empire somewhere.
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Re: Capture Florence

Postby shemp » Sun Aug 20, 2017 12:49 am

Somebody should catch it in their asscrack. Due to extensive anal sex with horses, Lister would be the perfect candidate.
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Re: Capture Florence

Postby Anaxagoras » Sun Aug 20, 2017 3:39 am

So, this would be a global catastrophe, a near "extinction-level event" if it were to hit us directly.

Need to be careful with those.
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Re: Capture Florence

Postby shemp » Sun Aug 20, 2017 3:54 am

This is why we need to blow up the Moon! To show these muthafuckin asteroids that we be crazy! Yo, asteroid, you think you be fucking with us!? You best think again sucka!!!
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Re: Capture Florence

Postby Rob Lister » Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:51 pm

Okay, here's another chance

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This is a to-scale image of Asteroid 2012 TC4. It is going to make a pass tomorrow at about 28,000 miles; a smidgen more farther than geostationary satellites. Let's get it and drop it on Dark Korea; just for the lolz. Or let's blow it the fuck up just because we can. One of the two.

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Re: Capture Florence

Postby gnome » Wed Oct 11, 2017 6:14 pm

Why is the Earth pyramid-shaped? Some nutbag conspiracy I haven't heard before?
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Re: Capture Florence

Postby ceptimus » Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:10 am

It explains why Rio de Janeiro is farther north than Alaska.

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Re: Capture Florence

Postby Doctor X » Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:25 am

ceptimus wrote:It explains why Rio de Janeiro is farther north than Alaska.


Using Betty's map:

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