How Big Do You Think A "Giant Asteroid" Is?

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How Big is the Next "Giant Asteroid" Passing Close to Earth?

  1. 30-100 ft.

    10 vote(s)
    21.7%
  2. 101-1000 ft.

    14 vote(s)
    30.4%
  3. Half Mile

    8 vote(s)
    17.4%
  4. 10 Miles

    12 vote(s)
    26.1%
  5. Planet X

    2 vote(s)
    4.3%
  1. toxcrusadr

    toxcrusadr AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Ran across a headline that reads:

    "Giant Asteroid to Give Earth a Very Close Shave".

    Had to read it of course - how can you resist.

    This one will pass by in October, estimated distance 27,000 mi, only 1/10 the distance to the Moon.

    Based only on the headline, choose the size.
     
  2. BigElCat

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    1st vote. I think I saw that article somewhere.
     
  3. toxcrusadr

    toxcrusadr AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I will post the answer and a link after this has a few votes.
     
  4. John James

    John James "Bob's your uncle" (Stolen) Subscriber

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    If they said giant, let's go big!
     
  5. ev13wt

    ev13wt Super Member

    Well, if you say it like that its gonna be like 70 feet. Then again, 70³ feet of ice and rock, hurtling at a gazzillion miles per hour... Gonna make a nice first impression.
     
  6. HarmanKardon

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    101 - 1000 ft.
     
  7. Hyperion

    Hyperion Roobarb & Custard Subscriber

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    ^^^ that's what I voted. :) I have seen this announcement before but forgot the details.
     
  8. toxcrusadr

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    Well we got a bunch of votes here so the winner is...

    30-100 ft.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/giant-asteroid-give-earth-very-close-shave-ncna797451

    I have no doubt a rock this size would leave an impression - the one that grazed Russia a couple years ago was about this size - but it is not a 'giant' asteroid in my book. Fairly small space rock that would fit in my yard.

    I've been watching the evening network news lately to catch up on the hurricanes, but they are getting pretty sensational. There was another story about a jetliner that took off from an airport somewhere and had to turn around and land after an engine "exploded in a fireball" likely the result of a bird being sucked in. While narrating this the video showed a minor jet of flame out the back and no apparent outwardly visible damage to the plane or engine. :rolleyes:

    Chit is crazy enough these days without having to embellish it. :no:
     
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  9. Bert 1100

    Bert 1100 Super Member

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    News sites headlines have become click bait, nothing more. The more visitors, the more revenues from the ads the visitors are exposed to :(:(
     
  10. usedto

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    How Big Do You Think A "Giant Asteroid" Is?


    'Bout the size of a tube of Preparation H.
     
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  11. nj pheonix

    nj pheonix AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I think if this landed in your yard, you wouldn't want to be home
     
  12. toxcrusadr

    toxcrusadr AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    And who's responsible? Not only the news sites but...the clickers themselves.
     
  13. toxcrusadr

    toxcrusadr AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I said it would FIT, not that I WANTED it. :D
     
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    guiller Toscaninichus Australis

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  15. toxcrusadr

    toxcrusadr AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I guess that girl can have all the treats she wants now. :p
     
  16. MannyE

    MannyE Exterminate! Subscriber

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    Initially I thought a giant would have to be at least 10 miles across, but it turns out that a real giant is a few hundred miles in diameter. Clickbait for sure.

    Most of this ancient space rubble can be found orbiting the sun between Mars and Jupiter within the main asteroid belt. Asteroids range in size from Vesta - the largest at about 329 miles (530 kilometers) in diameter - to bodies that are less than 33 feet (10 meters) across. . The total mass of all the asteroids combined is less than that of Earth's Moon.
     
  17. electronjohn

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    I thought Ceres was the largest resident of the asteroid belt w/diameter of approx 450 mi or so?
     
  18. MannyE

    MannyE Exterminate! Subscriber

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    Ceres is classified as a "dwarf planet."

    [​IMG]
     
  19. toxcrusadr

    toxcrusadr AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Pluto has 5 moons? Cripes. I can hardly keep up.

    Great info, thanks for posting.
     

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