A newly-discovered asteroid could be on a collision course with Earth, according to scientists.
Dr John Gribben on BBC Radio 4's Today programme (2'48")
The mile-wide object has the potential to create worldwide devastation if it hits the planet during its closest approach in October 2028.
Concerned scientists are tracking the rock, known as 1997 XF11, to project its course.
The Visiting Fellow of Astronomy at Sussex University, England, Dr John Gribben, said: "There is about a one in 1,000 chance that it will hit the Earth. Those are very short odds.
"It is big enough to cause immense devastation. You are not talking about wiping out a city, you are talking about wiping out a continent."
Asteroid specialist Jack Hills says the speeding space rock poses a real danger to Earth.
What do you think will happen???
This is an old story - when it was first reported, back in the 90s, here are the other events which were generally agreed by the bookmaking market to be equally likely:
As you can see, well worth worrying about.
Why should we worry aboutit? If it happens there is nothing we can do. We will just wait and see.
We could all die in 2012---the projected doomsday end of the world.
I have discovering that worrying about things that are out of my control is not healthy. Besides, you could die in a car accident, or be struck by lightning. Just live for the moment and don't take ANY day for granted.
Sony Pictures has been cranking up their End-of-the-World machine for several months now in order to promote their movie 2012.
As far as 1997 XF11 goes the web site for Near Earth Objects has the revised prediction that shows it passing a little less that 600,000 miles from the Earth in 2028. I think we're good with that one.
It seems we have more to worry about from this giant 'brown star' that is suppose to bring the world to an end on December 21, 2012. After all, if the world ends in 2012, then it won't matter what happens in 2028.
But enough sarcasm. I am not worried about either one.
I posted this video on another hub and thought it was worth sharing again.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zvCUmeo … -main-area
oh good grief. i personally don't want to know if another huge plant destroying asteroid is on a collision course with earth. i mean, seriously, what does it matter cause where you gonna go?!
well for one thing i just realized i said plant not planet. oooops! an end of the world party sounds great to me. I'll bring the tequila, salt and limes. Any maybe some popcorn balls, cause, i just ain't had any in such a long time and this could be my last chance.
not at all, for a popcorn ball is not a dance but a treat made with popcorn. usually you only see them around halloween. very tasty
Here's A Big What If Question...
What if everyone's calculations are wrong...
and this is the last thing we see on the T.V. Screen
well, duh, silly me. i do see what you meant now. but will be last chance for tasty little popcorn balls and will be a last dance too. well, maybe not, i may continue to dance among the stars.
well, i guess i better get busy making some popcorn balls then and better be getting to liquor store for my tequila.
I won't be dancing. I don't dance. I strut. And throw a few shapes down for good measure. I'm a Hip-Hoppy frog
you go frog, go. strut yer stuff and the street party begins around sundown complete with awesome fireworks display.
Hmmm I think I might go watch it hit earth if it would. Or I would go hug a girl i was to shy to talk to before
Was this asteroid coming to anihilate us befor Barack Hussein Obama was elected?
I'm told it contains " conservitite ", a rare substance known to turn liberals into rational human beings...
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