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Can an asteroid that passes close enough to earth cause a pole shift?

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An asteroid that passes close enough to the earth can course a pole shift. This is because it temporarily reorients the magnetic fields bragging the lithosphere about a new axis of rotation. Go to http://www.crystalinks.com/poleshifts.html for more information.

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thanx =)
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I like you, you're smart and provide references for your information. Well done!
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I did not even know that. but does seem our planet is already off course,with the globel warming, earthquakes,etc.
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and yet, there are more meteors to come near and make it more complicated for the weather to stay stable. imagine what could happen if the world starts spinning the opposite side, which it is impossible for human beings to survive or to keep the human appearance.
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This is one of the oldest planet worn out due to many new incoming asteroids and most are worn out due to the magnetic pull to earth relationship.
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Scientific evident is still missing to how this asteroid elements devastated the earth.
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It would have to be very large, probably hundreds of miles across, and really close.

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Absolutely, definitely NOT!!!! There are two kinds of pole shift and NEITHER are even vaguely possible. A shift of the magnetic poles that reversed their current orientation would require an electromagnetic event so powerful, our entire civilization would be wiped out. As far as moving the tilt of the Earth (currently 23 degrees) it took the impact of a giant body about the size of Mars to knock the Earth off it's axis. This happened when the Moon was formed and that melted all the surface of the Earth for hundreds of years. I don't think Humans would have lasted until sundown if that happened again.

The reason why these events are not a possibility - like a snowball's chances in Hell - is because the amount of energy required to shift the Earth off it's axis is greater than anyone can imagine. And if I am wrong, then the release of catastrophic energy would destroy the earth as we know it....

Have a happy day.

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no

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Yes and no.

An asteroid, as we think of them, could not permanently affect the Earth's magnetic field, unless it was fairly dense, composed of mostly metallic ores and minerals, and crashed directly into the Earth.

A wandering planet, however, could manage it. Let's say a random Gas Giant decides to give us a house call. If said Gas Giant were the size of Saturn or Neptune it's gravity well could be significant enough to capture the Earth, turning us into a moon-ite Would it be able to drag us out when it leaves? Maybe. This has never been witnessed so I don't know.

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An asteroid called the moon does this everyday. It does all sorts of cool stuff to the oceans.

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yes it has to do with almost everything with the ocean. im aware of that.
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