1. ## Your government will maintain control! (Part 2)

Bad news everyone, remember a little while ago some kid posted a thread about how the government is running a "drill" where they are putting all their important personnel in bunkers around the country?

Well that all went down today, and it turns out that very soon a huge asteroid is coming extremely close to us

http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/db_shm?sstr=2004%20XP14

I am not sure what an AU is but on July 3rd a huge piece of rock is going to be about .0035 of them away from earth

I, for one, refuse to listen to reason. These two things are definitely related and it probably means we are all going to die so you guys had better start preparing

2. 1 AU = 1 Astronomical Unit = 149,597,871 kilometers

3. so then the asteroid is going to be 509592 kilometers from earth

that is mad close man especially for astronomical standards

4. Very close yes. Thankfully orbit measurements are very precise. They can be correctly calculated to the precision of centimeters. So no worries there. Let them play bunkers. They love it.

The distance is still further away than moon's average distance to earth. So, astronomically very close, but as far as life on earth is considered... "Missed! Nah nah!"

5. Looking at the simulation in that link, the asteroid comes close to earth every 25 years. For some reason, it's significantly closer this year than any other.

6. Originally Posted by psychopath
Looking at the simulation in that link, the asteroid comes close to earth every 25 years. For some reason, it's significantly closer this year than any other.
because this is the apocalypse man what have I been telling you guys

also I bet the government told NASA or whoever to make it seem like it will miss us you guys are blind if you can't figure this out

7. Originally Posted by psychopath
Looking at the simulation in that link, the asteroid comes close to earth every 25 years. For some reason, it's significantly closer this year than any other.
When are we just gonna laser the son of a .......... and end the whole thing? *peuy peuy*

8. Originally Posted by SlyMaelstrom
When are we just gonna laser the son of a .......... and end the whole thing? *peuy peuy*
Why would you want to do that to SniperSAS?

Oh...you mean the asteroid.

9. Both objects have stable orbits. The tendency seems to be in fact for the asteroid to move further away from earth (you can check this with the ephemeris calculation). The approximation is certainly due to the relative positions, since both objects have different revolution times and velocity.

Also, 2004 XP14 was removed from the Impact Risk table last year.

I'm no fun

10. In the light of this new evidence that there is actually a table of things that are flying around in Space waiting to destroy us, I agree with SlyMaelstrom. We need to work on that laser immediately! Even if we have to power down all of Japan to fire it.

11. I blame it on the canadians

12. By this time next week, NASA should enact operation Death Star! Errr.... for astroids, that is.

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... and small annoying planets.

13. Originally Posted by pianorain
Why would you want to do that to SniperSAS?

Oh...you mean the asteroid.
You know what pianorain i am getting pretty sick of your constant abuse and if you think I am going to keep tolerating it you are wrong