The Face of a Planet Killer

This video the giant asteroid 4179 Toutatis tumbling through space on its flyby of Earth earlier this week.

It was taken Wednesday and Thursday (Dec. 12 and 13) by NASA’s Deep Space Network antenna in Goldstone, Calif. It passed withing about 4.3 million miles of Earth. That is about 18 times farther away than is the moon.

It isn’t a threat to the earth and it won’t be for at least a few hundred years. If it did strike the earth, however, the effects would be substantial.

[T]he Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, Mass., lists Toutatis as a potentially hazardous object, meaning that it could pose a risk to Earth at some point in the future.

Toutatis would cause catastrophic damage if it ever did slam into Earth, potentially extinguishing humanity and many other species. In general, scientists think a strike by anything at least 0.6 miles (1 km) wide could have global consequences, most likely by altering the world’s climate for many years to come.

In other words, that is a video of the face of a mass killer.

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7 Responses to The Face of a Planet Killer

  1. AFB says:

    I’ve often wondered whether, in the event a large-scale (“planet killer”) asteroid or meteoroid was headed for the earth, We The People would be told about it. Conclusion reached is that we would not, and that the most likely excuse given would be “If we told them, there would be worldwide panic.”

    1. Is it your opinion that the govt. would inform us?

    2. Would you even WANT to be informed in the event of an unpreventable catastrophic impact?

    3. If the govt. decided to put a lid on handing out any info, do you believe the info would still get out somehow, say through the alternative media?

  2. R.D. Walker says:

    1) I doubt it.

    2) Yes.

    3) Probably yes.

    • notamobster says:

      1) Probably not.

      2) Absolutely.

      3) Most likely. Someone would balk at the secrecy. That’s why global conspiracies are so hard to maintain.

  3. notamobster says:

    Wonder what a direct hit on the surface of the moon would look like from down here. Would it destroy the moon, you think?

    • R.D. Walker says:

      Probably look like a tiny little spark that you would only notice if you were looking at the right place at the right time. In the grand scheme of things, it is pretty tiny. It is only a “planet killer” in the sense that it would screw up the climate for several years.

  4. notamobster says:

    It’s 3 miles long. That’s not that small.

    The Chinese got within 1.9 miles and took pics:


  5. sortahwitte says:

    1 They would work hard not to inform us.
    2 Yes. Remember my book of names of shitty people?
    3 Yes it would get out. They can’t keep a blowjob secret.