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Admiral Annihilation
Posted - 2007.09.30 04:11:00 - [1]
 

Edited by: Admiral Annihilation on 30/09/2007 04:12:00
Edited by: Admiral Annihilation on 30/09/2007 04:11:29
You and a team of astronomers and physicists have found a comet 50 miles wide and calculated without a shadow of a doubt it will strike the earth in 30 days. Striking the Pacific Ocean it will completely wipe out all coastal areas.Sending clouds of debris into the upper atmosphere blocking out sunlight for years and plunging the earth into an ice age extinction.Neutral

What do you do?

- Tell the government so that they may somehow send up a huge nuke to blow it into pieces? Well, all you done is take one comet and turn it into 50,000 that will all hit the earth.

- Tell the media, with NASA confirming that it will hit the earth. People freak out, mass looting, anarchy and chaos erupts and fills the earth in its last month.

- Tell no one. Burn the papers, destroy the hard drives and hope no one else sees it coming. Pros: No mass panic in earths last days. Cons: No final goodbyes to loved ones... but who cares we'll all be dead before we knew what happened.

Intresting to think about.

Astra Siddhartha
Posted - 2007.09.30 04:19:00 - [2]
 

30 days huh, that would mean I wouldnt be able to see the new eve graphics engine =/

Crimsonjade
Posted - 2007.09.30 04:20:00 - [3]
 

Originally by: Astra Siddhartha
30 days huh, that would mean I wouldnt be able to see the new eve graphics engine =/



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lofty29
Aliastra
Posted - 2007.09.30 04:21:00 - [4]
 

Someone's been watching Armageddon Laughing

Sirial Soulfly
Posted - 2007.09.30 04:24:00 - [5]
 

But we can always send in Bruce Willis to save us!

Starfired
Posted - 2007.09.30 04:26:00 - [6]
 

Edited by: Starfired on 30/09/2007 04:32:32
Originally by: Astra Siddhartha
30 days huh, that would mean I wouldnt be able to see the new eve graphics engine =/

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Also I would be inclined to find the Area Zero for the impact. Then find my way there for the impact. Sure as hell is a better way of going out then slowly starving to death from the dust kicked up by the blast.

An Anarchyyt
Gallente
GoonWaffe
Goonswarm Federation
Posted - 2007.09.30 04:31:00 - [7]
 

Edited by: An Anarchyyt on 30/09/2007 04:32:03
What about if a giant asteroid made of garbage is going to hit New York?

Akita T
Caldari Navy Volunteer Task Force
Posted - 2007.09.30 04:36:00 - [8]
 

Originally by: Admiral Annihilation
You and a team of astronomers and physicists have found a comet 50 miles wide and calculated without a shadow of a doubt it will strike the earth in 30 days.
What do you do?

Since it must be 1950-1960 or so (no other way for this happening as you describe it)... tell the media Twisted Evil

Benny Hill
Caldari
General Thrusters
Posted - 2007.09.30 04:49:00 - [9]
 

Paint a bullseye downtown San Francisco.

Surfin's PlunderBunny
Minmatar
Sebiestor Tribe
Posted - 2007.09.30 04:52:00 - [10]
 

Originally by: An Anarchyyt
Edited by: An Anarchyyt on 30/09/2007 04:32:03
What about if a giant asteroid made of garbage is going to hit New York?


We'll knock it away with a second ball of garbage Wink

Dark Shikari
Caldari
Deep Core Mining Inc.
Posted - 2007.09.30 05:20:00 - [11]
 

Edited by: Dark Shikari on 30/09/2007 05:19:59
A nuke can't blow up an asteroid that size, but it can change its course.

The situation you've described is absurd and impossible: every object even close to that size has been catalogued and so forth. If we found something that size on a collision course, we'd know years in advance.

More likely we'd find a much smaller asteroid, on the order of 1-5 miles, and 3-6 months minimum in advance.

50 miles would wipe out basically all life on Earth; very very few asteroids of that size even exist in the solar system.

And, of course, a comet would be extremely obvious for obvious reasons Laughing

Caid Lemant
Cunning Hats
Posted - 2007.09.30 05:25:00 - [12]
 

Edited by: Caid Lemant on 30/09/2007 05:43:34

Not to mention that an ocean impact is exactly what we'd want if it turned out to be unavoidable.

-edit-

I guess I should hypothetically answer the general question as intended. That is I'm assuming, the idea that the world would end in 30 days no matter and you have that information as fact.

I'd leak it to the media. One final experiment of human nature. I'd make sure to say all my good byes. Then have constant sex for 30 days, I wouldn't be surprised if large orgies occurred, maybe start a large fire in a very dry forest, steal a bunch of insignificant **** I always wanted, cause some general destruction for the heck of it, maybe see what killing someone would be like as I'd assume suicide would become rampant and maybe some people would prefer someone else doing them in. I'd probably laugh a lot. I'd finally procure as much LSD and magic mushrooms as I could to go catatonic on or following the day it hit. An apocalypse always seemed like an event to be taken in while tripping.

lofty29
Aliastra
Posted - 2007.09.30 05:34:00 - [13]
 

Originally by: Caid Lemant
Not to mention that an ocean impact is exactly what we'd want if it turned out to be unavoidable.
Uhhh, mass flooding, freezing and polluted water / food supplies?

I'd rather be squished Shocked

Edsel
Posted - 2007.09.30 05:37:00 - [14]
 

Charter a yacht to go to ground 0 and invite family, friends and every gf Ive ever had for a party.

Caid Lemant
Cunning Hats
Posted - 2007.09.30 05:47:00 - [15]
 

Originally by: lofty29
Originally by: Caid Lemant
Not to mention that an ocean impact is exactly what we'd want if it turned out to be unavoidable.
Uhhh, mass flooding, freezing and polluted water / food supplies?

I'd rather be squished Shocked


I'd rather not die gasping for breath because the atmosphere is on fire to then be followed by the death of 99% of all life dying out as there wont be a sun in the sky for years.

lofty29
Aliastra
Posted - 2007.09.30 05:50:00 - [16]
 

Originally by: Caid Lemant
Originally by: lofty29
Originally by: Caid Lemant
Not to mention that an ocean impact is exactly what we'd want if it turned out to be unavoidable.
Uhhh, mass flooding, freezing and polluted water / food supplies?

I'd rather be squished Shocked


I'd rather not die gasping for breath because the atmosphere is on fire to then be followed by the death of 99% of all life dying out as there wont be a sun in the sky for years.
I said SQUISHED! Aka comet hits me right on the head.

Akita T
Caldari Navy Volunteer Task Force
Posted - 2007.09.30 05:51:00 - [17]
 

Originally by: Dark Shikari
And, of course, a comet would be extremely obvious for obvious reasons

NOTIFY: Obvious reason is already obvious. Idea

Locus Bey
Gallente
OCA2
Posted - 2007.09.30 05:53:00 - [18]
 

My faith would be in backdoor bandit and a rocket for obvious reasons.

Shainx
Schrodinger's Renegades
Posted - 2007.09.30 05:55:00 - [19]
 

Edited by: Shainx on 30/09/2007 05:55:34
Originally by: Caid Lemant
I'd finally procure as much LSD and magic mushrooms as I could to go catatonic on or following the day it hit. An apocalypse always seemed like an event to be taken in while tripping.


Dying on acid would be the best way to go.

Dirtball
PinK Tac0 ReasearcH
Posted - 2007.09.30 06:14:00 - [20]
 

i'd think about it for 30 days and then i'd be like oh crap it's been 30 days

Tecknoblaze
Priory of Empire
Wayfarer Stellar Initiative
Posted - 2007.09.30 09:04:00 - [21]
 

I would **** in the ocean...welcome to earth mother ****er!

Wild Rho
Amarr
Silent Core
Posted - 2007.09.30 09:09:00 - [22]
 

Get drunk and do my best to get laid as often as possible. Maybe punch some people I don't like as well.

Death Kill
Caldari
SolaR KillerS
UN1CUM
Posted - 2007.09.30 09:27:00 - [23]
 

Edited by: Death Kill on 30/09/2007 09:30:09
Originally by: Admiral Annihilation
. Striking the Pacific Ocean it will completely wipe out all coastal areas.Sending clouds of debris into the upper atmosphere blocking out sunlight for years and plunging the earth into an ice age extinction.Neutral



Sell my shares in the sunlotion industry.


edit : We will make IT

Darwinia
Minmatar
Posted - 2007.09.30 09:28:00 - [24]
 

Just to derail this discussion a bit. The whole 'splitting one dangerous object into many smaller dangerous one is bad' argument is hogwash. Splitting an incoming object into many smaller would have several advantages. While the affected area of impact would be larger, far more of it would burn in the atmosphere and the whole impact would be distributed over a larger area, so there is less chance of it triggering fault lines and rising minerals into the atmosphere to create acid rain. In case of an ocean impact, the fragments have far less chance of punching trough the ocean bed and the interference from several impacts is likely to reduce tsunamis.

Death Kill
Caldari
SolaR KillerS
UN1CUM
Posted - 2007.09.30 09:35:00 - [25]
 

Originally by: Darwinia
Just to derail this discussion a bit. The whole 'splitting one dangerous object into many smaller dangerous one is bad' argument is hogwash. Splitting an incoming object into many smaller would have several advantages. While the affected area of impact would be larger, far more of it would burn in the atmosphere and the whole impact would be distributed over a larger area, so there is less chance of it triggering fault lines and rising minerals into the atmosphere to create acid rain. In case of an ocean impact, the fragments have far less chance of punching trough the ocean bed and the interference from several impacts is likely to reduce tsunamis.


No. The smaller pieces will also be radioactive. And the 'smaller' pieces wont be small enough for them to burn up in the atmosphere either.

see what a 'small' asteroid/comet can do

The Tunguska event, sometimes called the Tunguska explosion, was a massive explosion that occurred near the Podkamennaya (Under Rock) Tunguska River in what is now Krasnoyarsk Krai of Russia, between 7:00 and 8:00 AM on June 30, 1908.

The explosion was most likely caused by the air burst of a large meteoroid or comet fragment at an altitude of 5 to 10 kilometers (36 mi) above Earth's surface. Different studies[1] yielded varying estimates for the meteor's size, including 60 meters[2], 90 to 190 meters[3] and up to 1200 meters in diameter[4].

Although the meteor or comet is considered to have burst prior to hitting the surface, this event is still referred to as an impact event. The energy of the blast was estimated to be between 10 and 20 megatons[5] of TNT 1,000 times more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. The explosion felled an estimated 80 million trees over 2,150 square kilometers (830 sq mi). It is estimated to have measured 5.0 on the Richter scale.

The Tunguska event is the largest impact event in recent history. An explosion of this magnitude had the potential to devastate large metropolitan areas had it occurred over a large city. This possibility has helped to spark discussion of ways to potentially stop large asteroids or comets from hitting Earth.


Good luck trying to blow up a large asteroid or comet. Chances are also that the ateroids own gravity will make it reassemble itself.

R9664
Posted - 2007.09.30 09:37:00 - [26]
 

i whoud tell the media and then demand 30 day free time of eve.

The Pointless
Gallente
The Scope
Posted - 2007.09.30 10:44:00 - [27]
 

Originally by: lofty29
Originally by: Caid Lemant
Originally by: lofty29
Originally by: Caid Lemant
Not to mention that an ocean impact is exactly what we'd want if it turned out to be unavoidable.
Uhhh, mass flooding, freezing and polluted water / food supplies?

I'd rather be squished Shocked


I'd rather not die gasping for breath because the atmosphere is on fire to then be followed by the death of 99% of all life dying out as there wont be a sun in the sky for years.
I said SQUISHED! Aka comet hits me right on the head.


Laughing

The quick "I didn't see it coming" death then.

anister
Black Omega Security
Pandemic Legion
Posted - 2007.09.30 10:53:00 - [28]
 

*ani punches rho in the face

Fink Angel
Caldari
The Merry Men
Posted - 2007.09.30 10:55:00 - [29]
 

Seeing as nukes are either dropped from bombers or launched as missiles using GPS to find their target, how exactly do they fire nukes into space to hit an asteroid?

My opinion is that you do nothing. The government(s) would not tell the populace in my opinion as that would cause a global breakdown and there's always the slight chance it may miss or something else happen (Be swung off course by the moon's gravity on the way?)

LUH 3471
Posted - 2007.09.30 10:56:00 - [30]
 

Edited by: LUH 3471 on 30/09/2007 11:06:53
tell no one of course
doing otherwise would be just cruel


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