I'll have to catch that. Sounds interesting,
Wow, I never really watch that show (we don't get cable up here at school), but I'm going home tomorrow, so maybe I'll try and catch it (the show, not the asteroid :wink!
Man, always this US-centrism...Meanwhile, an asteroid is headed for the U.S.,[...]
Since when is NBC cable? Or do you not get the regular broadcast channels either?Originally Posted by Normandy6644
If they want the great big ball of rock to hit them I'am not goign to argue it should be us! 8-[Originally Posted by kucharek
Hollywood sci-fi rule: Any asteroid or UFO always lands in the United States.
Anyone want to bet that Nancy will use this as evidence that TPTB are on the verge of disclosing the truth about Planet X?
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What did you quote there? The program site?Originally Posted by kucharek
PS: Oops, I found it at the link that the BA provided in the OP.
Reminds me of a Loony Toons comic: "No, you take it. Here!" ... "No, you!"Originally Posted by Amadeus
I'm betting it will be a play on this story:
where initial calculations showed a possible hit. We'll see how well they do it though. If that's it, hopefully they would have better data with a much smaller error margin, making it reasonable to escalate the issue.
The Chinese are upset about US recognition of Taiwan, the President's MS has incapacitated him and there is an asteroid on it's way to New York City(Ok so they don't say NYC but it is always NYC ) Find out how Jeb pulls this one off on Wed.
Probably waiting to see how well they deal with it.Originally Posted by The Bad Astronomer
Yeah, but they also propogated the "space pen" urban legend.They have dealt with astronomy pretty well on the show in the past (including standing eggs on end) so we'll have to see how they handle this.
Of course, they gave the SCSC a solid mention.
We'll see how they handle this.
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Now that's scary.
Ow, Ow, Ow! And they say the brain can't feel pain. I think I understand how a computer in Star Trek feels when faced with a logical contradiction ... Honestly, I can't even think that way. ToSeek, you have my admiration, even if they did beat you to the punch.
Originally Posted by TriangleMan
Scratch: Deep Impact had an Atlantic Ocean water impact and the big one was heading for Western Canada. :P
Added: Maybe its just me, but my shark-jump-o-meter started twitching when I read this.
All of the imports rushing into the country causes everything near it ,including asteroids, to get sucked in as well.Originally Posted by kucharek
Do you mean, the real trouble for the White House begins when the NASA reconnaisance probe discovers the "Made in China" sticker on the rock? :-)Originally Posted by jfribrg
It's the return of the "C-Rock"! :wink:Originally Posted by kucharek
A few details of the portrayal -- sorry I didn't take notes
- The asteroid was described as being ~ 400 meters diameter.
- The asteroid was approaching from inside the Earth's orbit, supposedly limiting the ability to observe it (due to sun interference)
This struck me as pretty bad, since unless the asteroid was shot out from the sun (using an insulated solar cannon), there should be several hours to observe it after sunset.
- Only "Japan" and "Maui" could observe, and they were worried about getting data from Maui because of cloudcover.
There should be a lot of other observatories capable of seeing this, I would think. (I don't know how to calculate what size would be needed to see a 400 meter asteroid which is 1 day from Earth --- I suspect not too large). And even if you needed a big scope, the big ones aren't on Maui. (Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but the biggest scopes are on the Big Island)
- From first notice, the asteroid passed the Earth after only one day.
This seems quick to me, but I'm not sure
- They gave a speed for the asteroid, but I didn't take note of it. I'd be curious if the speed given was at all consistent with it's orbital track.
- They stated that after the asteroid missed Earth, "it was on it's way to the Sun"
bah -- If it was inside earth's orbit and then crossed earth's orbit, it is headed away from the sun. If it was on a sun-grazing trajectory (ala comets), then it would have previously been in the night sky, so the aforementioned observing issues would not have been a problem.
For what it's worth, I suspect the writers were playing a game with the counterplot, something done before on the series.
In a way, the punch line was "We don't have TIME for this now, there's a summit going on!"
There were a couple of pauses, as when the President sketches out the possibilities of land vs. water stirkes, but for the most part the very idea was pushed away by the characters who were doing something 'more important' (or perhaps it was ignored because it was an event totally beyond any control, so why worry?).
An interesting trick was that the 'miss' was reported after the fact. I think this was not an accidental throwaway, but a central point.