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    Default A Comet may hit Mars in 2014

    Interesting science news. A new comet has been spotted in the southern hemisphere. Its moving at 35km/s and heading towards Mars. It will come within 50,000km of the planet on 19th October 2014 and there is about a 1/600 chance that it might actually hit the planet.

    If it did, 50km of rock and ice would crash into the surface (with little atmosphere to slow it down) and release about 20 billion megatons tnt of energy and create a 500km wide crater. The flash of the explosion would be visible from earth.

    Even if it misses we're in for a show. There are 2 rovers and 2 orbiting space craft in place around mars ready to snap some pictures of the flyby. The comet itself should be visible using binoculars.

    Incoming comet will probably miss Mars, says NASA ? The Register

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    In October this year, to whet your appetite, the 'comet of the century' is due to narrowly miss the sun. If it doesn't break up beforehand, the comet will be brighter than the moon and might be visible during the day.

    The comet of the century in 2013 | TIME.com

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    There seem to have been quite a few of these NASA "near miss" stories in the last 6 months. Should we be worried ?

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    Anyone who has seen "Melancholia" by Lars Von Trier will know why I'm so paranoid!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan Tubbs View Post
    There seem to have been quite a few of these NASA "near miss" stories in the last 6 months. Should we be worried ?
    Better tracking of objects means we know about them in advance. They were always happening.

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    i remember the shoemaker/levy strike on jupiter.

    tremendous entertainment altogether.

    be class to see something happen similar on mars. wonder if this thing will come close enough to strike one of mar's two moons?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan Tubbs View Post
    There seem to have been quite a few of these NASA "near miss" stories in the last 6 months. Should we be worried ?
    No. NASA trying to get more money due to the financial cutbacks in the US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by constitutionus View Post
    i remember the shoemaker/levy strike on jupiter.

    tremendous entertainment altogether.

    be class to see something happen similar on mars. wonder if this thing will come close enough to strike one of mar's two moons?
    If it hits Mars it will must probably destroy all the landers and probes orbiting the planet. It would be a big blow to science. Lets hope it doesn't hit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan Tubbs View Post
    There seem to have been quite a few of these NASA "near miss" stories in the last 6 months. Should we be worried ?
    Yea. The Asteroids are clearly ganging up on us

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    Quote Originally Posted by constitutionus View Post
    i remember the shoemaker/levy strike on jupiter.

    tremendous entertainment altogether.

    be class to see something happen similar on mars. wonder if this thing will come close enough to strike one of mar's two moons?
    Jupiter was a very big target, Mars is about 20 times smaller (in diameter). Mars' moons are tiny. Both are actually smaller than this comet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crazy horse 6 View Post

    No. NASA trying to get more money due to the financial cutbacks in the US.
    Is there any subject on which you do not have a conspiracy theory?

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