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  1.  (365.1)
    Originally pegged at one in 350, it's now a 1 in 75 chance, and as more data is gathered, scientists will be able to figure out if Mars will be hit.


    http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20071220/mars_asteroid_071220/20071220?hub=SciTech
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2007
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    Great. Wake the Old Ones from their slumber. Just what we need.
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      CommentAuthorFractal
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2007
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    !!

    That would be super cool. And more than a little scary.
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    The asteroid, known as 2007 WD5, was discovered in late November and is similar in size to the Tunguska object that hit remote central Siberia in 1908, unleashing energy equivalent to a 15-megaton nuclear bomb that wiped out 60 million trees.

    Rather disturbing that an object that could do that much damage was in the neighborhood and wasn't known until a few weeks ago.
  3.  (365.5)
    Some asteroids aren't even detected until they're three days away, if they're coming from the direction of the sun, like 2004 YD5, which passed between Earth and some of our satellites....

    http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/asteroid_close_041222.html
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      CommentAuthor46&2
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd 2007
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    Thank god Bruce Willis and Jerry Bruckheimer are still alive.
  4.  (365.7)
    ... I never liked Mars anyway. ;)
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      CommentAuthorgwferguson
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd 2007
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    "Earth First! Make Mars our bitch!"
    --Dale Gribble
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    "Fuck this planet!"

    Robby Gallagher (Val Kilmer)- Red Planet
  6.  (365.10)
    Dale Gribble is a QUOTE MACHINE.

    Back on topic -- I was wondering if they might be able to refine their odds with another week closer, but I don't see anything out there but the 1 in 75 number.
  7.  (365.11)
    Here it is -- odds have increased to 1 in 25!

    Chance of asteroid hit on Mars increases
  8.  (365.12)
    So, is there a bookies around?
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    "Ah, yes, see here? Forgot to carry the two, heh...."

    Of course, it could simply pass by, slam into the sun, causing a massive solar flare that shorts out the entire interwebs, and make the dead rise from their graves....

    Just saying.
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    Or there's the possibility of the gravitational pull of Mars having a 'slingshot' effect changing 2007 WD5's course and it will head straight for Earth, where it will cause only slightly less damage to the planet than the next US president....
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    unless it's obama ;)

    remember when that asteroid hit jupiter? was it jupiter? i can't remember now... ha. stupid sentence.

    comets are fun though. they should throw more comets our way.
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    Whew THANK GOD!! Because I paid a pretty penny for some real estate up there a few years back, still waiting for that baby to mature...
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      CommentAuthorDrunkard
    • CommentTimeJan 11th 2008
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    remember when that asteroid hit jupiter? was it jupiter? i can't remember now


    P/Shoemaker-Levy 9 Good times, good times indeed.

    Pictures.