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  1. #1 Asteroid May Hit Earth in 2029 
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    http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmp...on_sc/asteroid

    LOS ANGELES - There's a 1-in-300 chance that a recently discovered asteroid, believed to be about 1,300 feet long, could hit Earth in 2029, a NASA (news - web sites) scientist said Thursday, but he added that the perceived risk probably will be eliminated once astronomers get more detail about its orbit.



    There have been only a limited number of sightings of Asteroid 2004 MN4, which has been given an initial rating of 2 on the 10-point Torino Impact Hazard Scale used by astronomers to predict asteroid or comet impacts, said Donald Yeomans, manager of the Near Earth Object Program at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena.
    "In the unlikely event that it did hit, it would be quite serious. We're talking either a tsunami if it hit in the ocean, which would be likely, or significant ground damage," Yeomans said.

    Its estimated size has been inferred from its brightness, which assumes that its reflectivity is similar to other asteroids that have been observed. At about 1,320 feet in length, it would have about 1,600 megatons of energy, Yeomans said.


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    We can always shoot nukes at it and blow it up. Like in Armageddon!!! w00t. Wouldn't it be funny if it landed in Iraq or something .... the war ended today, due to an asteroid taking out half of the middle east. On a lighter note, we also have no more oil.

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    The movie was ok, I so don't think it would work

    No apologizes needed on the post, I find I write some of my best stuff after a few beers. Lack of sleep just makes for nonsense. Everything made sense to me, so you must have been still somewhat awake.

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    Well If we blew it up with nukes then instead of a solid asteroid hitting us it would be like a shotgun blast. That wouldn't be too friendly either.
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    I think the best bet would be to try and deflect it, either with a perfect sideways blast, or something else. Either way it would be a long shot.
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    If it's going to hit and we are sure it will hit in some remote area I think we should let it hit. It would be quite interesting to watch the event happen and a lot of scientific data about astroids and impacts could be gathered from such an event.
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