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NASA Says Asteroid Will Buzz Earth Closer Than Many Satellites 225

Posted by samzenpus
from the skin-of-your-teeth dept.
coondoggie writes "NASA says an asteroid about half the size of a football field will blow past Earth on Feb 15 closer than many man-made satellites. NASA added that while the asteroid, designated 2012 DA14, has no chance of striking Earth. Since regular sky surveys began in the 1990s, astronomers have never seen an object so big come so close to our planet."
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NASA Says Asteroid Will Buzz Earth Closer Than Many Satellites

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 31, 2013 @04:06AM (#42748141)

    "... has no chance of striking Earth"

    Famous last words.

  • by Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) on Thursday January 31, 2013 @04:37AM (#42748297)

    Television or the internet. They'll have great footage made by professional astronomers, along with commentaries from said astronomers. As opposed to you sitting in your garden with a pair of binos, seeing nothing at all and freezing your balls off while your wife screams at you because you're late for dinner.

  • by Catmeat (20653) <mtm AT sys DOT uea DOT ac DOT uk> on Thursday January 31, 2013 @07:30AM (#42749169)
    "... has no chance of striking Earth"

    Famous last words.

    Because the laws of dramatic irony obviously trump the laws of physics.

  • Re:Call Bruce Lee (Score:4, Insightful)

    by The Grim Reefer (1162755) on Thursday January 31, 2013 @11:11AM (#42750699)

    I don't think I'd classify Bruce Lee in with anyone who focus(ed) on "ridged adherence to the traditional forms". If anything he's the reason we have MMA and UFC. He did everything he could to strip away what he deemed unnecessary. I don't know what Chuck Norris and Jackie Chan are doing these days, but they both learned a lot from Bruce Lee when he was alive.

    Agreed regarding the moves that you typically see in movies. They are rarely something that you would see being used off screen. I know that they all have to slow down for movies. I've heard that Bruce Lee had to slow down due to the limitations of the film at the time. I'm sure it also had to do with his movies being shot on low budget equipment too. But if you ever saw any of his demonstrations you'd understand the guy was scary quick.

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