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#2012 da14

  • But in all seriousness: is someone at NASA’s Near-Earth Object Observation program getting yelled at for totally calling 2012 DA14, but totally blowing the Chelyabinsk meteoroid?
  • Because on the one hand, you had an asteroid half the size of an (American) football field fly 17,000 miles past Earth, between our low-Earth-orbit and geosynchronous orbit satellites, and people have been talking about it for weeks.
  • On the other hand, METEOROID GO BOOM OVER A FUCKING CITY IN RUSSIA, INJURING 1,000+ AND DAMAGING A SHITLOAD OF BUILDINGS, AND NO ONE SAW IT COMING!!!  (Yeah, it was only 15 meters across, but still.)
  • Tumblr scientists: please weigh in.