Dec 22, 2015

Giant comets may threaten Earth: astronomers

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Can there be any doubt any more that colonizing, at minimum, the rest of the solar system is an existential species imperative!?

Most studies of potential Earth-smashers focus on objects in the asteroid belt roughly between Mars, Earth’s outside neighbour, and Jupiter on its other flank, said the researchers.

But they noted that the discovery in the last two decades of hundreds of giant comets dubbed centaurs, albeit with much larger orbits, requires expanding the list of potential hazards.

These balls of ice and dust, typically 50–100 kilometres (31−62 miles) wide, have unstable, elliptical orbits that start way beyond Neptune, the most distant planet from the Sun.

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