A 140,000 tonne rock travelling at over 17,000mph missed us by 15 minutes today
It is estimated that, if it were to impact Earth, it would enter the atmosphere at a speed of 7.9 miles/second, would have a kinetic energy equivalent to 3,500,000 tons of TNT, and would produce an air burst with the equivalent energy of 2,900,000 tons of TNT…
…and it’s going to miss us by just 15 minutes. TODAY!
Still think any of your problems really matter all that much?
Yeah, too bad though. We could use some shaking.
Fortunately if our astronomers remain vigilant, they may give the public weeks if not months in advance warning for looming asteroids bigger than this 50-yard rock…
however if this particular alien rock struck our land, it would supposedly level over 1,000 square kilometers of trees… it would take 10 hours to drive away from the impact if there’s absolutely no traffic, which is unlikely in such scenarios.
if this post-valentine’s asteroid was en route to a metropolis, a total evacuation would be messy to say the least…
not to mention the astronomical costs of repair for the local government… which is why i believe world nations need to come together and sign a multilateral agreement to aid/assist whichever city gets handed the galactic lottery.
Is it weird that I actually feel bummed about this? I guess I’ll have to make my own change.. lol
This is unrelated but..
Russian meteor blast injures at least 1,000 people
And the video:
I don’t understand why so many people are bummed this didn’t happen…
You do realize this means watching potentially millions of people being vaporized in a fraction of a second… Could be a bunch of strangers, could be you and your entire family…
And followed probably by the biggest global economic depression humanity has ever witnessed.
How is that even remotely a good thing in any way, shape or form?
How about the russian meteor today? It was estimated to be around 10 tons, listen to the shockwave boom on the second link. Imagine what a 140,000 ton rock could do??
Here is another view of the meteor in 720p.
and this one has the sonic boom:
@papashibshib, I think it just comes from a desire to know if this is all there is or if there is a more spectacular nature we can exist as. Ultimately its just dissatisfaction with the present and a need for an awakening of perspective and potential. If I was positive there was no afterlife than being bummed about it would seem very malicious. Its a neediness for a belief in something bigger than I am right now that drives me to view mass chaos in a hopeful and joyous light. Its mostly evidence of me not taking responsibility for my own reality : )
@papashibshib, Well im not saying I’m right, I was just being honest.
It would obviously be a gamble, but it comes from a hope that all of these people would be more fulfilled as something different/ better than humans.
I’m not brushing aside the value of all those souls, Im calling for a more realized value.
But if i didnt believe in an eternal soul than it would be very selfish to wish that upon us.
@optimystic, Death is neither good or bad, it’s simply an event, a part of life.. is a rock a good or bad thing? neither.. it’s a rock.
Death is simply the last thing you do after birth. In fact the moment you are born you start to die. Humans can perceive that as good or bad… “Good” and “Bad” are simply a human’s way of subjectively attaching a positive emotion vs a negative emotion to any given thing. To the universe all that’s really happened is the rearrangement of atoms & energy.
@anjelica, We’ll all die one day, that i know for sure. And when that happens all your curiosities will be entertained.. or not. So why rush it?
Think of it this way.. It took the universe over 13 billion years to put together a conscious human life. A life that will only last 100 years at best in most cases. This is YOU.. RIGHT NOW. So it must be important :)
You could easily not exist at all… and yet you do!
DAMN! you don’t just exist.. you have arms, legs, ears, eyes, a mouth, a nose, a mind.. emotions.. the capacity to experience joy and love.. you can travel, share and experience beauty already! RIGHT NOW! why waste it?
That paradise is already here! You’re living it!
Sure, humans might mess shit up on earth every now and then, but that doesn’t change the fact that your are miraculously ALIVE.
The fact that you even exist as a life form at all is infinitesimally small.
Live as though there is nothing else besides this life, because only then will you realize how much THIS matters.
The certainty of LIFE is far more important than the uncertainty of what is beyond it.
That shit starts wars…
@papashibshib, I don’t know what has me more worried… the fact that this meteor got so close, or how sick some of the responses in this thread are. I know we all slow down to see a car crash, but hoping for a fresh start through something like this is too much. I can’t believe we live in a society that is so de-sensitised to death that some people want to seeass death just to fufill their curiosity. Sickening.
@yoinkie, i totally agree. But i think a lot of the hype is not about actually wishing for an impact, but about the incredible power of nature and the universe we live in. For me it is a nice reminder for how fragile life really is, the only consistent aspect of this universe is change. Impermanence. And how incredible and joyful it is to be stuck to this little rock, orbiting around a ball of fire, and pondering this universe. =)
@papashibshib, Your post was an invitation to consider the impact of an asteroid hitting Earth. My openness to a shift in consciousness is all I was communicating. In no way am i sitting around wishing humanity would be wiped out so i can forfeit the responsibility living in the now.
@anjelica, even inviting the thought shows how de-sensitized society is. There use to be a day where a grusome death would rock the entire nation because we only read stories in newspapers or on tv reports the day after. Now we are bombarded with news of death and the likes every minute it seems. In the last week alone we have a cop killer, an olympic hero killing his gf, kids bringing guns to school, a fire in a club killing hundreds, and so much more.
Its easy to think death happens and to act mundane to its presense all around us. The more you know and see something, the less you fear it.
But wanting or even hosting the thought of a future mass murder is dead wrong. We need to all re train our brains, this society grows more disgusting daily.
SO think about this, if there would be information on a rock coming our way with extinction consequences and you would know for a certainty that it will hit earth in three years and there is really nothing we can do about it.
If you would had this information for 100% true….. what would you do…
Let people live in ignorance, tell people, -remember you have proof, and even 10 nukes wouldn’t destroy the rock.. it’s just there.
I guess that Obama would say nothing