Tuesday, February 28, 2012

And Not A Minute Too Soon

Let's just get it over with already...

Armageddon 2040: Nasa identifies new asteroid threat which 'could hit Earth' in 30 years' time - and UN teams are working out how to divert it. (Daily Mail)
  • Asteroid has 1 in 625 chance of hitting Earth
  • UN team debating options including nuclear weapons and 'steering' it away with a probe
  • Scientists will measure rock further in 2013

UPDATE:


Does anyone think the world economy is going to be in any position to rebuild itself in 2020? My guess is the "debt crisis" will still be going on, and President Santorum or whoever will be assuring us that the recession will be over and job creation will soon come roaring back. Parts of America's electical grid date from the time of Thomas Edison.

4 comments:

  1. That may solve our problems (since we obviously can't)!

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  2. No kidding. If I'm around that long, which I probably won't be, I'll be ready for the whole sucker to go down. But we may not have to wait that long:

    Maybe the Mayans were right, just a few years off? There's a 1 in 8 chance the earth may be hit with a catastrophic solar storm by the year 2020, according to a new report from space physicists.

    The sun changes in intensity on an 11-year cycle, and at its high intensity can whiplash charged particles in to space at 4-million miles per hour, hitting the earth's atmosphere and creating glowing ribbons of light known as auroras.

    But the light show can wreak havoc on electrical systems, cause radio blackouts, and more. The last such storm in 1859, known as the Carrington Event, set fire to telegraph stations.


    Giant Solar Storm May Hit Earth by 2020

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  3. I briefly watched some of the Doomsday Preppers from the recent Nat Geograph special and one of them was building a faraday cage to protect his communication equipment from an EMP or solar storm. That might be something you'll want to look into. There are several Youtube videos showing how to make them on the cheap.

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  4. Naw, I don't have anything worth preserving. But I would hope the authorities are looking at these in a Y2K protection strategy. But I doubt they are.

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