History Headscratchers / DeepImpact

9th Apr '17 11:22:59 AM LtFedora
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* How did the info about the comet get out if the astronomer was killed in that car crash and the floppy disk presumably incinerated? And furthermore, how did it get named Wolf-Biederman if the original record was destroyed?

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** ''Gulf'' Coast. The comet hit off North Carolina in the Atlantic, quite a distance from Houston.
* How did the info about the comet get out if the astronomer was killed in that car crash and the floppy disk presumably incinerated? And furthermore, how did it get named Wolf-Biederman if the original record was destroyed?destroyed?
** Someone probably went to the observatory soon after the crash. Death in a car accident isn't exactly something that's gonna stay quiet for long. They probably found his notes and something indicating who phone the discovery in, then notified the government.
18th Feb '17 10:13:58 PM VulcanTrekkie45
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* Why is Houston still operating normally after Biederman has hit? They're in Houston, a couple meters above sea level on the Gulf Coast, which is about to be flooded by the megatsunami.

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* Why is Houston still operating normally after Biederman has hit? They're in Houston, a couple meters above sea level on the Gulf Coast, which is about to be flooded by the megatsunami.megatsunami.
* How did the info about the comet get out if the astronomer was killed in that car crash and the floppy disk presumably incinerated? And furthermore, how did it get named Wolf-Biederman if the original record was destroyed?
18th Feb '17 9:50:42 PM VulcanTrekkie45
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** Because the comet is not going to kill them all instantly. Its that simple.

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** Because the comet is not going to kill them all instantly. Its that simple.simple.
* Why is Houston still operating normally after Biederman has hit? They're in Houston, a couple meters above sea level on the Gulf Coast, which is about to be flooded by the megatsunami.
18th Sep '16 2:16:21 AM trims
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*** Once again, that's incorrect. Large scale impacts produces a massive wave HEIGHT immediately surrounding the point of impact, but that wave quickly subsides. However, the VOLUME of water is the same, and thus, while a mid-ocean tsunami is barely noticeable in height, you've got a wave that's dozens of miles long and a thousand or more wide. When it approaches land, the wave rapidly compresses, going back to being very tall and not as deep. You're also mis-interpreting the Canary Islands issue: there, the problem is that the initial volume of water displaced is substantially less than a cubic kilometer, so the problem is that this volume is spread out over a large linear coastline by the time it reaches the USA. It's not the *distance* to the USA that's the issue, it's that the wave progagates through the entire Atlantic basin. In short, it's the "width" that has to be traveled, not the distance from origin, that impact wave volume when it hits a shore. It can still cause 10m high waves once it hits the beach, because wave height is a function of the offshore underwater geography as well as wave volume. For comparison, something like the 2004 Indonesian Tsunami displaced a bit more than 1 cubic km of water. An impact the size of Beiderman would display several DOZEN cubic km.




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** Nuclear *surface* detonations would be virtually useless, especially in space. On Earth, a 1MT surface detonation causes a crater less than 100m deep, and maybe 300m or so across. Too much energy is expended in directions other than down into the earth. It's far less effective on a comet. There, the missiles would have no chance of "burrowing", and would just detonate on the surface, with no really effect. Remember that even the reduced Wolf has a mass of billions of tons (density of 1 ton/m3, and a volume of a dozen or more cubic km).
18th Jul '16 7:04:06 PM Historian1912
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* Why does the President advise the people on the east coast to move away from the floodwaters when the comet hitting Montana is going to kill them all anyway?

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* Why does the President advise the people on the east coast to move away from the floodwaters when the comet hitting Montana is going to kill them all anyway?anyway?
** Because the comet is not going to kill them all instantly. Its that simple.
28th Jun '16 2:01:22 PM RainbowOperator
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** Wolf was the older (and in some languages literally "bigger"). Hence it works that the larger piece gets the name of the elder astronomer.

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** Wolf was the older (and in some languages literally "bigger"). "bigger") person of the two. Hence it works that the larger piece gets the name of the elder astronomer.elder.
28th Jun '16 2:00:25 PM RainbowOperator
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** Wolf was the older (and in some languages literally "bigger"). Hence it works that the larger piece gets the name of the elder astronomer.
1st Jun '16 9:30:57 PM Rhomega2
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* When Wolf-Biederman was split in two, why wasn't the far larger piece given the much longer name, instead of the opposite? It's only logical.

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* When Wolf-Biederman was split in two, why wasn't the far larger piece given the much longer name, instead of the opposite? It's only logical.logical.
* Why does the President advise the people on the east coast to move away from the floodwaters when the comet hitting Montana is going to kill them all anyway?
23rd May '16 2:14:10 PM Nylsa
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* When Wolf-Biederman was split in two, why wasn't the far larger piece given the much longer name, instead of the opposite? It's only logical.
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* When Wolf-Biederman was split in two, why wasn't the far larger piece given the much longer name, instead of the opposite? It's only logical.
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logical.
6th Mar '16 6:29:15 PM EnterpriseSovereign
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* When Wolf-Biederman was split in two, why wasn't the far larger piece given the much longer name, instead of the opposite? It's only logical.
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