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Old 07-25-2002, 05:04 AM   #1
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Meteor Strike!

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LONDON (AP) -- Astronomers are carefully monitoring a newly discovered 1.2-mile-wide (2 km) asteroid to see whether it is on a collision course with Earth.

Initial calculations indicate there is a chance the asteroid ? known as 2002 NT7 ? will hit the Earth on February 1, 2019. But scientists said Wednesday that the calculations are preliminary and the risk to the planet is low.

"The threat is very minimal," Donald Yeomans, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, told British Broadcasting Corp. radio. "An object of this size would be expected to hit the Earth every few million years, and as we get additional data I think this threat will go away."

Last month an asteroid the size of a soccer field missed the Earth by 75,000 miles ? less than one-third of the distance to the moon in one of the closest known approaches by objects of its size. Scientists said if it had hit a populated area, it would have released as much energy as a large nuclear weapon.
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Old 07-25-2002, 07:25 AM   #2
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Probably aimed right for your house too when it comes. BLAM!
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Old 07-25-2002, 05:28 PM   #3
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I'm not too worry about this 1.2 mile-wide asteroid. I'll be 33 when or if it hits earth. It would still be a pity to die somewhat young, though I wont curse out my mother if it does happen.
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Old 07-25-2002, 05:50 PM   #4
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Well, if it does come to pass then in 2018 we will get another slew of movies based on Asteroids colliding with the earth.
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Old 07-26-2002, 10:56 AM   #5
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GEE imagine we can't do a thing about it and it sure would be like a slow death! *Looking around* So like who summoned Meteor? ???
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Old 07-26-2002, 11:39 AM   #6
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I read somewhere that the chances of it hitting Earth is 1 out of 200,000.
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Old 07-26-2002, 02:16 PM   #7
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By then even if it DOES get near enough to us to get us worried, well have the tech to get rid of it. Couple laser blasts from out space station and BAM!
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Old 07-31-2002, 09:25 AM   #8
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Old 07-31-2002, 02:02 PM   #9
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I read somewhere that asteroid probably wont hit earth and the next asteroid that can hit earth comes 2060(also first day of febuary....what are the odds?;)
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