Asteroid 16 Psyche could be worth a cool $10,000 quadrillion

Reply Tue 3 Nov, 2020 07:49 am
A rare metallic asteroid about three times farther away from the sun than our planet
could yield secrets about Earth's molten core, and scientists want to learn all about it.

A new study published Monday in The Planetary Science Journal takes a closer look at
this mysterious asteroid, using data from the Hubble Telescope.

Located between Mars and Jupiter, Asteroid 16 Psyche is one of the most massive objects
in the asteroid belt in our solar system, and with a diameter of about 140 miles, it is
roughly the same length as Massachusetts (if you exclude Cape Cod).

The exact composition of Psyche is still unclear, but scientists think it's possible the
asteroid is mostly made of iron and nickel. It's been hypothesized that a piece of iron
of its size could be worth about $10,000 quadrillion, more than the entire economy
on our planet.
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Reply Tue 3 Nov, 2020 04:00 pm
@Region Philbis,
When it first flew across the screen, I was concerned it would be headed this way. So far, Earth seems to be safe.

For the sake of lazy took everywhere, I wish they had written the figure out in it's entirety. Without a visual of all the zeros, it's difficult to fully comprehend.
Region Philbis
Reply Tue 3 Nov, 2020 05:30 pm

a quadrillion is fifteen zeros, so

Reply Tue 3 Nov, 2020 05:34 pm
@Region Philbis,

That kind of hurts my eyes.
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Reply Tue 3 Nov, 2020 09:55 pm
@Region Philbis,
And when I offered the idea up 9 years ago, yeah.... People rolled their eyes.

tsarstepan wrote:

Thomas wrote:

Which industries is the growth going to come from? Almost certainly some industry we're not thinking about right now.

Asteroid mining! Surprised Shocked

Will someone ever reach the status and wealth of a trillionaire in the next 50 years??
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