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Old Sep 12, 2011, 9:55 AM   #11
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I remember reading something to that effect, too. One might think that with all the technological know-how and proliferation of telescopes around the world we would have inventoried the whole skies for any Mt. Everest-sized boulder heading our way a safe distance away. We could then launch nuclear warheads that would pulverize the meteor and let the earth's atmosphere burn what's left of it upon entry.

But that is pure folly. Many ICBMs that were left after détente were decommissioned and those that were not could not even escape earth orbit. In 2002, a 100-meter asteroid capable of causing tidal waves that could "devastate distant shores," according to NASA, "was discovered only AFTER it whizzed by the Earth, passing well within the orbit of the Moon" (source: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap021231.html).

So when an amateur astronomer discovers the next big dinosaur-obliterating meteor heading our way, chances are, we would be helpless and pretty much toast within a matter of months if not weeks...
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Any new shots of Elenin? some reports say it's breaking up.
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Old Sep 27, 2011, 2:14 PM   #13
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Went out early this morning but cloud cover got in the way.
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Went out early this morning but cloud cover got in the way.
Keep us updated Spy if you will as this is a very interesting subject and your captures are awesome !
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Fascinating thread....!
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^^ Agreed Simon40 some say it's the doomsday asteroid blah-blah-blah etc personally I don't buy any of that crap it's just an interesting celestial body coming around but leaves me wondering if anyone's gonna drink the koolaid, AGAIN..
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It's Nibiru....lol..
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Was looking for that BIG SHOW and made 5 gallons of 'koolaid' for it too!....oh well, gave it to the annoying dog next door.
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Was looking for that BIG SHOW and made 5 gallons of 'koolaid' for it too!....oh well, gave it to the annoying dog next door.
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