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Bill Nye: February 15 asteroid will miss Earth by 15 minutes

Bill Nye: February 15 asteroid will miss Earth by 15 minutes

(4:03) Science Guy and CEO of The Planetary Society, Bill Nye explains about the asteroid named 2012 DA14 that will skim Earth, relatively speaking, by about 17,000 miles and although we don't need to worry about this one, asteroids of similar size hitting Earth is not that rare. The last one occurred in 1908 when a similar asteroid exploded in the atmosphere above Siberia levelling hundreds of square miles of forest. Next video is about asteroid 2012 DA14 in more detail.

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WalterEgo WalterEgo (1769 days ago)
Unbelievable - did she actually ask if this is the result of global warming?
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Unbelievable - did she actually ask if this is the result of global warming?
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London1 London1 (1769 days ago)
Just what I was thinking. She also doesn't seem to understand that Earth isn't a stationary body. Probably thinks the world is flat! As for Nye, "1,200 square miles!?!" Errr, if that was the case, that would be ELE, no doubt about it. I'd heard previously and the second video said it as well, this one is 50 square meters! Blind, leading the blind, leading the stupidly blind!
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Just what I was thinking. She also doesn't seem to understand that Earth isn't a stationary body. Probably thinks the world is flat! As for Nye, "1,200 square miles!?!" Errr, if that was the case, that would be ELE, no doubt about it. I'd heard previously and the second video said it as well, this one is 50 square meters! Blind, leading the blind, leading the stupidly blind!
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Guest: Apex (1769 days ago)
I think he was referring to the area affected by the hypothetical impact
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I think he was referring to the area affected by the hypothetical impact
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London1 London1 (1769 days ago)
My bad.
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My bad.
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Guest: Austin (1766 days ago)
Latest comment: sh1t, what if Dr. Evil flies into orbit on his massive dildo shaped space shit and alters this asteroid ?
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Latest comment: sh1t, what if Dr. Evil flies into orbit on his massive dildo shaped space shit and alters this asteroid ?
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Guest: joey london (1768 days ago)
wow i cant believe how stupid that news reporter is and she kept talking over him how did she get a job at CNN is that the best you can do america
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wow i cant believe how stupid that news reporter is and she kept talking over him how did she get a job at CNN is that the best you can do america
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cengland0 cengland0 (1769 days ago)
If we are going 17,000 miles per hour and the asteroid happens to be 17,000 miles away from us, that is an hour away -- not 15 minutes away. The problem is that he got the Earth's speed wrong. We actually travel an average speed of 67,108 mph but that's relative to the sun. The sun orbits around our galaxy 559,234 mph and our galaxy rotates at 492,125.
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If we are going 17,000 miles per hour and the asteroid happens to be 17,000 miles away from us, that is an hour away -- not 15 minutes away. The problem is that he got the Earth's speed wrong. We actually travel an average speed of 67,108 mph but that's relative to the sun. The sun orbits around our galaxy 559,234 mph and our galaxy rotates at 492,125.
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Guest: f off cengland0 (1768 days ago)
He's a bit of a nutter, but you don't understand the English language too well...."If you are going 17,000mph" was not a reference to our speed, it was a a reference, relevant to the reply "If you were an object that was....etc" You are quoting other numbers that are entirely irrelevant and in doing so you have no real understanding of the subject matter and are just here to talk SHITE yet again......
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He's a bit of a nutter, but you don't understand the English language too well...."If you are going 17,000mph" was not a reference to our speed, it was a a reference, relevant to the reply "If you were an object that was....etc" You are quoting other numbers that are entirely irrelevant and in doing so you have no real understanding of the subject matter and are just here to talk SHITE yet again......
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cengland0 cengland0 (1768 days ago)
Clearly you are wrong. Re-watch the video. Here's a transcript of the conversation and he is replying to the interviewer about the 15 minutes away comment that me made earlier. @2:53 Interviewer: Bill, just very very quickly, you said it's 15 minutes away from hitting us. What does that mean because it's still 17,000 miles from planet Earth. @3:02 Bill Nye: But when you're going 17,000 miles an hour, you can cover a lot of space.
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Clearly you are wrong. Re-watch the video. Here's a transcript of the conversation and he is replying to the interviewer about the 15 minutes away comment that me made earlier. @2:53 Interviewer: Bill, just very very quickly, you said it's 15 minutes away from hitting us. What does that mean because it's still 17,000 miles from planet Earth. @3:02 Bill Nye: But when you're going 17,000 miles an hour, you can cover a lot of space.
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WalterEgo WalterEgo (1768 days ago)
Bill Nye is right about 15 minutes. The Earth is travelling around the sun at 67,000 mph meaning it covers almost 17,000 miles in 15 minutes - i.e. when the asteroid meets the path of the Earth's orbit, the Earth is only 15 minutes away, either behind or after, I'm not sure. I think he just misquoted "when you're going 17,000 miles an hour, you can cover a lot of space" and meant 67,000 mph - I'm sure Bill Nye knows the speed the Earth moves around the sun. As for the sun orbiting the centre of the Milky Way, or the speed the Milky Way is spinning, it's irrelevant - it's like throwing a ball across a lawn on the equator, it won't crash into a tree at 1,000 mph because the Earth is spinning at 1,000 mph.
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Bill Nye is right about 15 minutes. The Earth is travelling around the sun at 67,000 mph meaning it covers almost 17,000 miles in 15 minutes - i.e. when the asteroid meets the path of the Earth's orbit, the Earth is only 15 minutes away, either behind or after, I'm not sure. I think he just misquoted "when you're going 17,000 miles an hour, you can cover a lot of space" and meant 67,000 mph - I'm sure Bill Nye knows the speed the Earth moves around the sun. As for the sun orbiting the centre of the Milky Way, or the speed the Milky Way is spinning, it's irrelevant - it's like throwing a ball across a lawn on the equator, it won't crash into a tree at 1,000 mph because the Earth is spinning at 1,000 mph.
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cengland0 cengland0 (1768 days ago)
I agree that 15 minutes is the correct answer and I know that the earth travels at an average of 67,108 mph relative to the sun. I suspect Bill Nye misquoted the speed to be 17,000 and that's what I was pointing out. The guest personally attacked me for pointing out his mistake stating that I misunderstood the English language so I had to defend myself.
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I agree that 15 minutes is the correct answer and I know that the earth travels at an average of 67,108 mph relative to the sun. I suspect Bill Nye misquoted the speed to be 17,000 and that's what I was pointing out. The guest personally attacked me for pointing out his mistake stating that I misunderstood the English language so I had to defend myself.
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WalterEgo WalterEgo (1768 days ago)
Fair enough
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Fair enough
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