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2012-06-15 21:17:45

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com An asteroid about the size of a football stadium may slightly have a chance of impacting Earth in 2040, but new estimates show it's hardly a threat. The space rock, measuring about 460-feet in size, has a likelihood of missing Earth greater than 99 percent, according to the recent findings by scientists at a May 29 workshop at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. "While there is general consensus there is only a very small chance that we could be dealing...

Near-miss Asteroid Will Return Next Year
2012-03-16 03:03:09

When it whizzes past Earth in 2013, a newly discovered asteroid is going to miss our planet — but not by much. The 50 m space rock is expected to come closer than many satellites, highlighting the growing need to keep watch on hazards from above. An amateur team discovered the unusual asteroid, dubbed 2012 DA14, on 22 February. Its small size and orbit meant that it was spotted only after it had flown past Earth at about seven times the distance of the Moon. However, current...

'Continent Killer' Asteroid On Possible Collision Course With Earth
2011-10-31 04:20:40

On the heels of the return to Earth of a pair of satellites -- NASA's Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) and the German-built Röntgensatellit (ROSAT) -- over the past two months comes a report of another object set to collide with our planet. Only this one is a 20 million ton asteroid that is currently heading towards us at 23,000 miles per hour, and could collide with our planet in approximately 25 years, Alex Hannaford of the Telegraph wrote on Sunday. The asteroid...

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2011-08-18 08:10:00

Scientists from the European Space Agency (ESA) are planning to fire a spacecraft into an asteroid in an attempt to prepare for one that could be on a direct collision course with the Earth. The news comes after NASA dismissed claims that one was already hurling toward the third rock from the Sun. The plan sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, much like in the film Armageddon, where a ragtag group of oil drillers are sent into space to try to stop an asteroid from destroying...

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2011-01-29 12:19:48

So you think global warming is a big problem? What could happen if a 25-million-ton chunk of rock slammed into Earth? When something similar happened 65 million years ago, the dinosaurs and other forms of life were wiped out."A collision with an object of this size traveling at an estimated 30,000 to 40,000 mile per hour would be catastrophic," according to NASA researcher and New York City College of Technology (City Tech) Associate Professor of Physics Gregory L. Matloff. His...

2011-01-11 00:00:42

Information given to UFO contactee, Billy Meier, in 1981 by Plejaren extraterrestrials to be published in several languages, aimed at younger generations who will be most affected if scientists don't act now to prevent a deep impact by Apophis in the coming years Playa Del Rey, CA (PRWEB) January 10, 2011 Predictive information about the Earth being hit by the Apophis asteroid, first provided to UFO contactee Billy Meier, in 1981 is now available as a cartoon in an online comic book titled,...

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2010-11-04 06:00:00

Scientists at Purdue University and Imperial College London have revised their popular "ËœImpact Effects Calculator', which allows anyone to calculate the potential damage a comet or asteroid would cause if it collided with the Earth. The interactive tool, available at http://www.purdue.edu/impactearth, lets users enter in specific details about the hypothetical impactor, such as its diameter and density, velocity, angle of entry and where it will hit the Earth. It then estimates...

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2010-03-25 12:15:00

Key observations of an asteroid with a slight chance of hitting Earth may have to be shuttered in light of budget cuts, officials at a Puerto Rico observatory reported on Thursday. Officials at the Arecibo Observatory, who are tracking the orbit of an asteroid that could possibly make impact in 2036, are facing funding cuts starting in 2011. They are seeking to complete radar measurements in early 2013 that they believe will prove the asteroid, Apophis, will miss Earth. However, in order to...

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2009-12-30 12:15:00

The head of the Russian space agency (Roscosmos) said Wednesday that the country is considering sending a spacecraft to a large asteroid to knock it off its path and prevent a possible collision with Earth, The Associated Press reported. "The space agency will hold a meeting soon to assess a mission to Apophis," said Anatoly Perminov. He told Golos Rossii radio that it would invite NASA, the European Space Agency, the Chinese space agency and others to join the project once it is finalized....


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cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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