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Join Date: Jan 2013
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# 42
02-15-2013, 03:02 PM
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Originally Posted by psycoticvulcan View Post
And Jupiter as well. Without its gravity, we probably would've been wiped out by an asteroid by now.
Our gas giants have protected us from asteroid and comet hits for the most part. The Earth is a very small pin tip of a dot to actually hit, in space terms.
The only thing I do not see in very many places, but have read on the NASA site, I believe, as well as other astronomy pages, is that we are entering a much dustier and "dirty" part of the galaxy now. I think we will be seeing more things come through. I do not think it was an accident that they decided to start really looking for near earth objects flying through. Could be wrong on that, something worth looking more into though. Interesting anyway.
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/archivepix.html


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