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Old 16th April 2008, 02:00 PM   #1
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German schoolboy, 13, corrects NASA's asteroid figures: paper


BERLIN (AFP) - A 13-year-old German schoolboy corrected NASA's estimates on the chances of an asteroid colliding with Earth, a German newspaper reported Tuesday, after spotting the boffins had miscalculated.

Nico Marquardt used telescopic findings from the Institute of Astrophysics in Potsdam (AIP) to calculate that there was a 1 in 450 chance that the Apophis asteroid will collide with Earth, the Potsdamer Neuerster Nachrichten reported.

NASA had previously estimated the chances at only 1 in 45,000 but told its sister organisation, the European Space Agency (ESA), that the young whizzkid had got it right.

The schoolboy took into consideration the risk of Apophis running into one or more of the 40,000 satellites orbiting Earth during its path close to the planet on April 13 2029.

Those satellites travel at 3.07 kilometres a second (1.9 miles), at up to 35,880 kilometres above earth -- and the Apophis asteroid will pass by earth at a distance of 32,500 kilometres.

If the asteroid strikes a satellite in 2029, that will change its trajectory making it hit earth on its next orbit in 2036.

Both NASA and Marquardt agree that if the asteroid does collide with earth, it will create a ball of iron and iridium 320 metres (1049 feet) wide and weighing 200 billion tonnes, which will crash into the Atlantic Ocean.

The shockwaves from that would create huge tsunami waves, destroying both coastlines and inland areas, whilst creating a thick cloud of dust that would darken the skies indefinitely.

The 13-year old made his discovery as part of a regional science competition for which he submitted a project entitled: "Apophis -- The Killer Astroid."

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080415...y_080415214429
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Old 16th April 2008, 02:11 PM   #2
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According to NASA's NEO website http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news149.html asteroid 2004 MN4 shouldn't hit the earth in 2029. They claim radar observations significantly improved their estimate for the orbit of asteroid 2004 MN4 and have concluded that an Earth collision in 2029 is still ruled out.


Read about the Venus radar experiments in The Farce of Physics by B. G. Wallace here:

http://surf.de.uu.net/bookland/sci/f...ce_5.html#SEC5

http://surf.de.uu.net/bookland/sci/f...ce_7.html#SEC7

http://surf.de.uu.net/bookland/sci/farce/farce_toc.html

Is it possible that the radar tracking that NASA used to determine the path of asteroid 2004 MN4 might be inaccurate because of the belief that Einstein was correct?

http://www.geocities.com/sciliteratu...ityDebates.htm

http://www.cartesio-episteme.net/quest.htm
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The song Aenima by TOOL comes to mind:

".....Some say a comet will fall from the sky.
Followed by meteor showers and tidal waves.
Followed by faultlines that cannot sit still.
Followed by millions of dumbfounded dipsh**s.

Some say the end is near.
Some say we'll see armageddon soon.
I certainly hope we will cuz
I sure could use a vacation from this

Stupid sh__, silly sh__, stupid sh__......

One great big festering neon distraction,
I've a suggestion to keep you all occupied.

Learn to swim.
Learn to swim.
Learn to swim.

Mom is going to fix it all soon,
Mom is coming round to put it back
the way it oughtta be...

Learn to swim...."


(full lyrics)

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after spotting the boffins had miscalculated.
Nope. Publicity stunt.
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