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  •  Only if you don't trust scientists. (0+ / 0-)

    Besides, it's a 50 meter object, so even if an impact were 100% certain rather than 100% not, your personal odds of being close enough to even see something let alone be endangered by it would be something like 1 in several million.  There's a bigger danger that people looking at it with telescopes are going to be struck by lightning.

    Pour yourself into the future.

    by Troubadour on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 02:19:28 AM PST

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    •  I trust scientists, to a point (2+ / 0-)
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      Just Bob, Troubadour

      My youngest daughter is a research physicist (nanotechnology particle energetics something-or-other -- she's a hair under 4'9", and there are family jokes about her field choice) who almost went into astrophysics, and she has many contacts in that field, and she assures me all is well.  However, I wouldn't trust her with a credit card, for good reason.

      As for lightning, I had a great uncle in Arizona who was struck twice, the events separated by several decades.  The first time he was by himself at a gold claim that produced little gold but wonderful quartz crystals by the bucketload, and he came home with scorch marks on his shoulders and on one leg and a boot blown to smithereens.  The second time he was in his back yard, gardening, and a ponderosa next to him was struck and his wife came out to find him dead.  This was before CPR.  She pounded on him anyway, and his heart restarted.  He remembered nothing.  In all likelihood, that second event, it was the shock of the sound or flash that scared him to death, not an actual electric shock.  He was close to 70, and lived another couple decades after.

      In any case, the advent of dash cams and camera phones has certainly helped in the "enjoyment" of being able to see and hear the event in Russia.  Twenty years ago, we'd have been stuck viewing still photos of the afterwards.  Quite an impressive sonic boom.  A couple years before I left Alaska, we had a similar but less damaging event -- a big flash through the curtains and a boom at night -- and I think the rock landed somewhere near Glennallen.  I regret not having been outside to see it.  

      The wisdom of my forebears ... Two wise people will never agree. Man begins in dust and ends in dust — meanwhile it's good to drink some vodka. A man studies until he's seventy and dies a fool. Some of my best friends are Catholics, really.

      by Not A Bot on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 10:26:15 AM PST

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