#1 By: Maggie Koerth-Baker, January 2nd, 2014 13:26
#2 By: Paul Owens, January 2nd, 2014 13:34
But here's the cool part: This is just the second time in history that we've spotted an asteroid before it hit us.
You misspelled terrifying.
#3 By: Charlie, January 2nd, 2014 13:36
I couldn't find 2014AA in the Near Earth Object db at JPL when I checked a few minutes ago...
#4 By: Falcor the Don't Push Your Luckdragon, January 3rd, 2014 08:15
#6 By: Axel Hose, January 2nd, 2014 16:17
Lay off the Kool-aid for 3 months and everything will be OK.
#8 By: Falcor the Don't Push Your Luckdragon, January 2nd, 2014 16:24
From asteroids to global warming in 3 posts. Wow. Let's stay on topic
#10 By: Salgak, January 2nd, 2014 16:35
Well, this is both good news and bad news.
The good news ? It appears to have been small enough that it burned up on entry to the atmosphere. And it already likely has.
The bad news ? It certainly didn't hit DC, and was too small to make a difference even if it had. . . . (evil grin)
#11 By: Peregrinus Phoenix, January 2nd, 2014 16:37
So it was only a ... splinter?
#13 By: Salgak, January 2nd, 2014 16:45
The referenced article says between 6 and 14 feet. Mass (before entry) likely a few hundred metric tons.
The Chelyabinsk Meteor, in comparison, was estimated at ~17 meters in diameter, and ~10,000 metric tons.
#14 By: Peregrinus Phoenix, January 2nd, 2014 18:22
... a splinter of the tree trunk headed our way.
#15 By: Boundegar, January 2nd, 2014 19:49
Except the probability of global catastrophe due to asteroid collision is far less than one.
#16 By: Dave Barak, January 2nd, 2014 23:10
"It's just a flesh wound!" --Earth
#18 By: Paul Duggan, January 3rd, 2014 04:06
But here's the cool part: This is just the terrifying time in history that we've spotted an asteroid *before* it hit us.
#19 By: Salgak, January 3rd, 2014 13:26
Actually, the probability of global catastrophe due to asteroid collision is 1.0. Given sufficient time. And it's ALREADY happened at least once: you may have heard of the K/T Event, , ,
But here's a preview:
#20 By: Maggie Koerth-Baker, January 7th, 2014 13:26
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