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Monday, May 05, 2014

A small asteroid about the size of a city bus zipped by Earth early Saturday. The newly discovered asteroid 2014 HL129 came within 186,000 miles of Earth when it made its closest approach on Saturday morning, which is close enough to pass between the planet and the orbit of the moon. Saturday's close shave by asteroid 2014 HL129 came just days after its discovery on Wednesday, April 28, by astronomers with the Mt. Lemmon Survey team, according to an alert by the Minor Planet Center, an arm of the International Astronomical Union that chronicles asteroid discoveries.

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"A small asteroid about the size of a city bus zipped by Earth early Saturday"

i bet it smelled much better...

#1 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2014-05-05 02:37 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

We get two or three of this size of objects in our neighborhood a year. Larger one, less frequently, but it's just a matter of time until one tries to occupy the same point in space we do. Could be tomorrow, could be ten thousand years. But the day is coming.

Did anyone else notice that at its closest it was exactly one light second from earth? (c = 186,000 mps). Meaningless, of course, but I'm just trying to seed a conspiratorial mind. I know y'all are out there.

... 2014 HL129 came within 186,000 miles of Earth...

#2 | Posted by goatman at 2014-05-05 03:03 PM | Reply | Flag:

Goat, I was trying to recall the significance of that particular number, but it wouldn't come until your comment.

#3 | Posted by hawk at 2014-05-05 03:34 PM | Reply | Flag:

#2 | POSTED BY GOATMAN AT 2014-05-05 03:03 PM | FLAG:

Fortunately, the U.S.'s weather control systems extend to exactly 1 light year in space, so, working in conjunction with the smokestack facility on the moon, we were able to conjure up a space hurricane to push the rock away from the planet. Of course the same US governmental perpetrators of 9/11 were responsible for bringing the asteroid here in the first place, but they were thwarted...this time.

#4 | Posted by bartimus at 2014-05-05 05:25 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 4

"...an arm of the International Astronomical Union..."

Figures. Lazy union bastiges let all that free unobtainuim get away.

#5 | Posted by REDIAL at 2014-05-05 07:18 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

Yup. This stuff is psychological operations from the us department of war pigs. Like the bad Bruce Willis movie.

#6 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-05-05 09:22 PM | Reply | Flag:

I'm glad we spent a trillion on the stimulus instead of something useful like protecting our planet from these potential killers.

#7 | Posted by sames1 at 2014-05-05 09:38 PM | Reply | Flag:

Métal Hurlant

#8 | Posted by HanoverFist at 2014-05-05 10:28 PM | Reply | Flag:

Métal Hurlant

Someone who vomits iron?

#9 | Posted by goatman at 2014-05-05 10:35 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

"I'm glad we spent a trillion on the stimulus instead of something useful like protecting our planet from these potential killers."

A trillion dollars would do nothing to protect you from an asteroid strike. Neither would a hundred trillion.

How much would you like to spend on that?

#10 | Posted by REDIAL at 2014-05-05 10:36 PM | Reply | Flag:

How much would you like to spend on that?

Well, the government in general has no problem spending more money than it has, so... f*** it, 3 hundred trillion!

#11 | Posted by mariosanchez at 2014-05-05 11:04 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Well, the government in general has no problem spending more money than it has..."

...but only if it benefits people likely to vote for them.

I don't think asteroid strike paranoiacs are a big demographic.

#12 | Posted by REDIAL at 2014-05-05 11:27 PM | Reply | Flag:

I don't think asteroid strike paranoiacs are a big demographic.

#12 | Posted by REDIAL

Just convince the public that asteroids are for/against [insert partisan issue here]... That will get some funding pushed in that direction.

"I heard the asteroids are going to take our guns away."
"Well I heard that the government was targeting abortion clinics with the asteroids..."
Together: "F*** it, lets go protest against asteroids!"

#13 | Posted by mariosanchez at 2014-05-06 01:01 AM | Reply | Flag:

I'm concerned that this was discovered on April 28th and just a week later buzzed the Earth. That doesn't give us much time to evacuate the Earth nor to round up the essential species. Or to fulfill my life's dream, an evening with Ms. Scarlett Johannson. Why did it take so long to detect? Where is our asteroid warning system?

#14 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-05-06 09:31 AM | Reply | Flag:

"A trillion dollars would do nothing to protect you from an asteroid strike. Neither would a hundred trillion."

Sigh....

discovermagazine.com

#15 | Posted by sames1 at 2014-05-06 10:20 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Where is our asteroid warning system?"

Same place as your ICBM missile defense system.

#16 | Posted by REDIAL at 2014-05-06 10:58 AM | Reply | Flag:

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