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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-26-2011, 10:49 PM Thread Starter
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? on something i heard

ok my friend at work was saying that we are going to have a national emergency brodcast test coming up soon where the presedent is going to talk,

here is the interesting part, it is going to be the same time a meteor type thing is going to be coming between the earth and the moon

any truth to this

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will conduct the first ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on November 9, 2011. Although local and state tests are a weekly or monthly occurrence, this will be the first simultaneous, coast to coast test of the national system. EAS is the successor to the Emergency Broadcast System which was developed in 1963. In an actual national crisis this warning system will allow the President of the United States to communicate "rapidly and comprehensively" with the American public. Additionally, the system may be used to warn of impending natural disasters and offer direction. The test will last approximately 3 minutes and will involve the following communication methods: "broadcast radio and television, cable television, satellite radio and television and wireline video services – that participate in the EAS." The test will not include cell phone providers. The FCC guide for the upcoming test with answers to frequently asked questions is available here.

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"This is the President Speaking" on EAS Test
It'll be the first time you hear "This is the President speaking", on an EAS test.
There will be chatter about how this is an expansion of Presidential authority, but if you think about it, the only surprise is that there hasn't been one of these in the past. (There's never been a national activation of EAS, even on 9/11.) The FCC just adopted an Order containing the rules for a Presidential Alert that will be a test of the evolving Next Generation Emergency Alert System. FEMA, the National Weather Service broadcasters, cable systems and satellite service providers will all be cooperating, and you can expect to hear PSAs in advance of the test. The FCC hasn't set the date or time yet, and there's lots to coordinate. But all participants in EAS will be required to join the exercise, "to receive and transmit a live code that includes a Presidential alert message." The Next Generation EAS is coming, alongside other "public alert" systems such as IPAWS (Integrated Public Alert and Warning System) from FEMA. For smart phones and other on-the-go devices, there's also a Commercial Mobile Alert System.

A 1300-foot-wide (400 metres) asteroid, which is more than one and a half times the length of a soccer pitch, will pass within 0.85 lunar distances of the Earth on November 8/9, 2011.
Discovered on December 28, 2005 by Robert McMillan of the Spacewatch Program near Tucson, Arizona, 2005 YU55 is believed to be a very dark, nearly spherical object.
According to NASA’s Near Earth Object Program: “Although classified as a potentially hazardous object, 2005 YU55 poses no threat of an Earth collision over at least the next 100 years. However, this will be the closest approach to date by an object this large that we know about in advance and an event of this type will not happen again until 2028 when asteroid (153814) 2001 WN5 will pass to within 0.6 lunar distances.”

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Interestingly enough my Parents were just talking about YU55. My uncle works for Cornell as the chief radar engineer at Arecibo Observatory and he loves to freak out my family with this stuff. It'll be an interesting thing to observe, but it's my understanding it isn't a threat.

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ok cool thanks guys yeah it was one of th stories that i was like are you making this up? lol

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There was a famous Astronomer that was saying depending on how much the earths gravity changes the trajectory of the meteor, that it might hit us in 2029 or something.

This guy isn't the crazy type.

His name is Neil deGrasse Tyson...I'll see if I can find the video.

Edit: I'm wrong. There is another meteor coming in 2029 that is going to miss the earth, depending on it's trajectory, 7 years later it may hit the earth.

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