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Topic 14 of 96: Asteroid!

Thu, Mar 12, 1998 (17:47) | Paul Terry Walhus (terry)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's not time to panic, but Earthlings need to keep
an eye on a mile-wide asteroid that will zip very close to the Earth
in 30 years and could even smash into the planet, causing widespread
destruction, astronomers say.

Time to book that flight to Mars? Or hype? Discuss among yourselves.
24 responses total.

 Topic 14 of 96 [news]: Asteroid!
 Response 1 of 24: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Thu, Mar 12, 1998 (18:01) * 5 lines 
Oct 26 2028. 1997 xf11. xf11 for short. That Thursday at 1:30 am.
It's like the one that hit us 65 million years ago, 6 miles in diameter,
6 times the size of the one heading for us now. It will take four more
years to figure out exactly whether it will hit us or not. No one knows
for sure yet. Chances are it will miss us.

 Topic 14 of 96 [news]: Asteroid!
 Response 2 of 24: Wolf  (Wolf) * Thu, Mar 12, 1998 (22:25) * 2 lines 
see my post somewhere--there's a sister topic called the spring as a whole and
pointers to somewhere else.....

 Topic 14 of 96 [news]: Asteroid!
 Response 3 of 24: wer  (KitchenManager) * Sun, Mar 22, 1998 (10:46) * 1 lines 
Now, now...

 Topic 14 of 96 [news]: Asteroid!
 Response 4 of 24: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Thu, Aug 20, 1998 (06:36) * 42 lines 
Asteroids? Y2K?

Did you think these were problems?

Subj: Antarctica Ice Cap Meltdown
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 1998 18:41:34 -0400 (EDT)
From: Joseph Gill

Dear People,

What is happening in Antarctica is far different than you suspect
(your article below). The apron around this continent is melting as a
result of numerous underwater volcanoes now going off (causing El Nino
) and they are a result of the Sun's recent upsurge of energy levels
also causing magnetic anomalies. The apron around Antarctica while not
adding much to water levels as it already is in the water, it will no
longer hold the ice cap in place. NOVA had a recent show on how they,
after drilling 4 miles down through ice in central Antarctica found a
10 inch layer of warm mud on the bedrock, caused by an under cap
volcano. When the apron is far enough gone the entire cap the size of
the USA and part of Canada 20,000 feet thick will slide into the ocean
causing huge waves. Please note the ancient beach terrace on Maui at
1100 feet elevation. This is NOT the first time this has happened,
remember the Peri Reis Map. Ocean water levels will rise 400 to 600
feet after one week of world swashing. This is even a more urgent
problem than is Y2K.

Cordially Joseph Gill,

For Further reading

 Topic 14 of 96 [news]: Asteroid!
 Response 5 of 24: wer  (KitchenManager) * Thu, Aug 20, 1998 (16:42) * 1 lines 
can you swim real good, Wolf?

 Topic 14 of 96 [news]: Asteroid!
 Response 6 of 24: Riette Walton  (riette) * Fri, Aug 21, 1998 (01:30) * 1 lines 
Holy $hit!!! Just hope my flat on the Namibian coast doesn't get flooded. I've only had the damned thing for two years, and stayed in it only once!!! Geeeee, life is so bloody unfair at times!

 Topic 14 of 96 [news]: Asteroid!
 Response 7 of 24: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Fri, Aug 21, 1998 (09:44) * 2 lines 
Where is the Namibian Coast? And do you have a caretaker for it when
you're away?

 Topic 14 of 96 [news]: Asteroid!
 Response 8 of 24: Wolf  (wolf) * Fri, Aug 21, 1998 (18:36) * 1 lines 
yeah, got the doggie paddle down pretty good, wer!

 Topic 14 of 96 [news]: Asteroid!
 Response 9 of 24: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Wed, Nov 11, 1998 (08:38) * 9 lines 
a meteor storm that could wipe out all kinds of satellites

coming Nov. 17 to a sky near you.

Actually, the predictions are that not much will happen, but NASA is
taking it seriously.

For more info:

 Topic 14 of 96 [news]: Asteroid!
 Response 10 of 24: Riette Walton  (riette) * Thu, Nov 12, 1998 (14:12) * 1 lines 
cool cool cool!!!

 Topic 14 of 96 [news]: Asteroid!
 Response 11 of 24: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Wed, Dec  2, 1998 (06:28) * 15 lines 
Dimly related to this topic, but it's armagedonal.

There is a big story on page 1 of today's Wall Street Journal about the
August 11, 1999 eclipse in Europe. - The story centers on the Cornwall
area of southern England where the eclipse will first touch land. - The
English are worried that 1 million people may show up in area that has
only 3 decent sized roads and 100,000 hotel beds. - A brief quote:
"Particularly unpredictable are the roving bands of druids, numerologists
and various New Age devotees who will want to see what John Parkinson, a
professor in Sheffield calls an "end-of-the-world experience." After
all, what could be more irresistibly cosmic than the millennium's last
full solar eclipse, at 11:11 A.M. on Aug 11, in a remote land immersed in
Celtic lore and legend?"

 Topic 14 of 96 [news]: Asteroid!
 Response 12 of 24: Tim Guenther  (TIM) * Wed, Dec  2, 1998 (10:53) * 1 lines 
How about if it took place on Nov. 11

 Topic 14 of 96 [news]: Asteroid!
 Response 13 of 24: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Thu, Dec  3, 1998 (06:23) * 2 lines 
Maybe Ree or Mike could go and give us an on the scene report.

 Topic 14 of 96 [news]: Asteroid!
 Response 14 of 24: Riette Walton  (riette) * Fri, Sep 24, 1999 (09:40) * 1 lines 
I was in England on the day of the eclipse - though not in Cornwall. It was pretty unspectacular; a cloud moved in front of the moon just as it eclipsed the sun.

 Topic 14 of 96 [news]: Asteroid!
 Response 15 of 24: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Fri, Sep 24, 1999 (16:06) * 4 lines 
Wow, an unspectacular on the scene report! Maybe the next one in a
hundred years will be more exciting.

 Topic 14 of 96 [news]: Asteroid!
 Response 16 of 24: Riette Walton  (riette) * Mon, Sep 27, 1999 (04:02) * 1 lines 
I think it also has something to do with Europe's position - or whatever. The mood moves in front of the sun, and that's that. Down in Africa it is quite a different scene. As it moves in front of the sun, the darkness literally rushes towards you, and then rushes back again - it is rather frightening, but exciting.

 Topic 14 of 96 [news]: Asteroid!
 Response 17 of 24: Alexander  (aschuth) * Mon, Sep 27, 1999 (11:55) * 1 lines 
Same disappointment here. I reported on this in the Film topic in Collecting, I think. I saw shortly a thin slice of the solar eclipse, but besides this, the sky was overcast the whole time. Not enough to see to shoot a pic, or the like (wanted to trick-film it with a Super-8 camera...).

 Topic 14 of 96 [news]: Asteroid!
 Response 18 of 24: Riette Walton  (riette) * Mon, Sep 27, 1999 (14:34) * 1 lines 
Do yourself a favour, and go FAR south when the next eclipse happens. You'll be amazed.

 Topic 14 of 96 [news]: Asteroid!
 Response 19 of 24: Marcia (MarciaH) * Wed, Sep 29, 1999 (18:58) * 3 lines 
if you are heading south...avoid wherever I happen to be. Divine intervention
precludes my ever seeing a solar eclipse - perhaps I am paying for all the
fantastic lunar ones I have seen here...!

 Topic 14 of 96 [news]: Asteroid!
 Response 20 of 24: Riette Walton  (riette) * Fri, Oct  1, 1999 (03:23) * 1 lines 
ha-ha! Piont taken!

 Topic 14 of 96 [news]: Asteroid!
 Response 21 of 24: Alexander  (aschuth) * Fri, Oct 15, 1999 (15:49) * 1 lines 

 Topic 14 of 96 [news]: Asteroid!
 Response 22 of 24: Wolf  (wolf) * Tue, Feb  8, 2000 (19:25) * 27 lines 
Straight off of MSN News:

THE ASTEROID 2000 BF19 was just discovered Jan. 28 by the University of Arizona’s Spacewatch Project, and cited as a potential threat only Monday. The University of Pisa’s Andrea Milani issued what he called a “scientifically urgent” appeal for further observations.

He said he received further data Monday night, from the University of Arizona’s Jim Scotti as well as from the Australian National University’s Rob McNaught. The recalculated path came no closer to Earth than 3.5 million miles during the next 50 years, Milani reported in e-mail messages to the Cambridge Conference Network.

Milani said one of the lessons learned from the case of 2000 BF19 was that “everything should be given with an uncertainty.”

The asteroid was never thought to be all that much of a threat: Milani’s preliminary assessment showed a 1-in-a-million chance of collision. In comparison, NASA estimates the “background risk” of an asteroid impact — that is, the chance that a not-yet-discovered kilometer-wide (0.6-mile-wide) space rock might collide with Earth — at between 1 in 100,000 and 1 in a million.

Moreover, this asteroid is thought to be much less than a kilometer wide. That takes it out of the category that scientists say could cause a global catastrophe on Earth.

As a result, the asteroid never rated higher than a zero on the Torino scale, which was devised to rate the risks posed by near-Earth objects.

Two years ago, the first such asteroid alert caused quite a stir, particularly since it came during the publicity buildup for two Hollywood Movies, “Armageddon” (about a killer asteroid) and “Deep Impact” (about a killer comet). More recent alerts have been greeted much more calmly.

Even though the risk of collision was astronomically remote at best, Gareth Williams of the Minor Planet Center at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory said every call for additional observations had to be taken seriously.

“Sooner or later one of these things will be announced, and further observations won’t eliminate them” as a potential threat to Earth, he told MSNBC.

In the past, amateur astronomers have played a big role in gathering additional data about the orbits of asteroids so that they could eventually be excluded as a threat. But BF19, currently in the constellation Cancer, is already too dim for most amateur telescopes to pick up, and getting fainter every night. That’s why it was important for Milani to pass the word quickly to professional asteroid-watchers.


interesting, huh?

 Topic 14 of 96 [news]: Asteroid!
 Response 23 of 24: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Tue, Feb  8, 2000 (19:54) * 3 lines 
Interesting! There is lots of "stuff" out there. Don't worry about it...
I noticed that I posted in this Topic and I did not remember that it existed. Seems we overlap Geo 24 in here but we cover eclipses and stuff out there better

 Topic 14 of 96 [news]: Asteroid!
 Response 24 of 24: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Wed, Mar 22, 2000 (18:25) * 15 lines 
Space Science News for March 22, 2000
The Earth's magnetosphere is being buffeted by high-speed solar wind
particles from a coronal hole straddling the center of the Sun's disk. The
solar wind velocity has increased from 350 to 600 km/s during the past 12
hours. Follow the action at

#1 Curiouser and Curiouser: The exotic world of gamma-ray astronomy has
taken yet another surprising turn with the revelation that half the
previously unidentified high-energy gamma ray sources in our own galaxy
actually comprise a new class of mysterious objects. FULL STORY at
#2 Solar Cycle Update: Is the real Y2K problem just starting? The
solar cycle appears to be on schedule for a peak in mid-2000.

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