K-Tec

Asteroid collision aftermath caught by spacecraft

  • Seanie_Morris
  • Seanie_Morris's Avatar Topic Author
  • Offline
  • Administrator
  • Administrator
  • Posts: 9637
  • Thank you received: 544
News story here:
www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11534216

It is not often you get to see such news regarding asteroidal impacts, which I think is strange when you think about how many of them are out there.

Seanie.
Midlands Astronomy Club.
Radio Presenter (Midlands 103), Space Enthusiast, Astronomy Outreach Co-ordinator.
Former IFAS Chairperson and Secretary.
12 years 3 months ago #86823

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

  • Posts: 744
  • Thank you received: 25
shows how big space is, they're probably a million miles apart so the odds must be pretty low on that front.
12 years 3 months ago #86829

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

  • Seanie_Morris
  • Seanie_Morris's Avatar Topic Author
  • Offline
  • Administrator
  • Administrator
  • Posts: 9637
  • Thank you received: 544

Replied by Seanie_Morris on topic Re:Asteroid collision aftermath caught by spacecraft

stepryan wrote:

shows how big space is, they're probably a million miles apart so the odds must be pretty low on that front.


Well, not really in the asteroid belt, surely...
Midlands Astronomy Club.
Radio Presenter (Midlands 103), Space Enthusiast, Astronomy Outreach Co-ordinator.
Former IFAS Chairperson and Secretary.
12 years 3 months ago #86851

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

  • Posts: 744
  • Thank you received: 25
Seanie_Morris wrote:

stepryan wrote:

shows how big space is, they're probably a million miles apart so the odds must be pretty low on that front.


Well, not really in the asteroid belt, surely...


if you look at the link below to the article in scientific american it suggest 5 million kilometres on average. there maybe be millions of them but the volume of space they occupy is also very large. from reading the asteriod belt probably makes up about 4% of the moon. spread tha over a couple of hundred cublic miles of space and you'd have to go out of your way to collide with one.

www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?i...ience-fiction-movies
12 years 3 months ago #86852

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

  • Seanie_Morris
  • Seanie_Morris's Avatar Topic Author
  • Offline
  • Administrator
  • Administrator
  • Posts: 9637
  • Thank you received: 544

Replied by Seanie_Morris on topic Re:Asteroid collision aftermath caught by spacecraft

Thanks for that Stephen, I would have thought a little closer of the order of hundreds of thousands of miles for some, not 5 million.

: blink:
Midlands Astronomy Club.
Radio Presenter (Midlands 103), Space Enthusiast, Astronomy Outreach Co-ordinator.
Former IFAS Chairperson and Secretary.
12 years 3 months ago #86857

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

  • Posts: 8851
  • Thank you received: 237
well, its commonly known that if you were standing on an asteroid in the belt, you'd still need a telescope to see the nearest asteroids.
Dave L. on facebook , See my images in flickr
Chairman. Shannonside Astronomy Club (Limerick)

Carrying around my 20" obsession is going to kill me,
but what a way to go. :)
+ 12"LX200, MK67, Meade2045, 4"refractor
12 years 3 months ago #86858

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

  • Seanie_Morris
  • Seanie_Morris's Avatar Topic Author
  • Offline
  • Administrator
  • Administrator
  • Posts: 9637
  • Thank you received: 544

Replied by Seanie_Morris on topic Re:Asteroid collision aftermath caught by spacecraft

Dave_Lillis wrote:

well, its commonly known that if you were standing on an asteroid in the belt, you'd still need a telescope to see the nearest asteroids.


NOW I know... :)
Midlands Astronomy Club.
Radio Presenter (Midlands 103), Space Enthusiast, Astronomy Outreach Co-ordinator.
Former IFAS Chairperson and Secretary.
12 years 3 months ago #86860

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

  • Posts: 4557
  • Thank you received: 76
Time to create page: 0.069 seconds
Powered by Kunena Forum