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Astronomers discovered 2009 DD45 on friday night. By saturday the 30km (correction 30m) wide rock was so close the sunlight it reflected was visible through the clouds. Last night, at around midnight, it skimmed past earth within the lunar orbit missing the pacific ocean by 60,000km.

http://www.universetoday.com/2009/03/02/asteroid-2009-dd45-just-buzzed-by-earth/

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/national/national/general/asteroid-plays-chicken-with-earth/1449389.aspx

Astronomers determined that it would miss earth on saturday, so no warning call was issued. Had they been wrong, the rock would have hit the sea with the force of a small nuclear blast and caused local tsunamis.

I've been thinking about my disaster preparedness lately, and it turns out that my plans have always been centered around staying and having enough provisions to get by. If the warning call had gone out last night, I would not have been packed to go and would have had to evacuate with nothing by my identification and some cash.

Maybe I should put some water and food in the car. I haven't packed a bug out bag in a long time.

x-posted zombie_survival

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nclean
Mar. 5th, 2009 02:09 am (UTC)
THREE Order of magnitude off! 30 to 50 METER wide rock :P
thekit
Mar. 5th, 2009 02:13 am (UTC)
whoops!
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