I vote for rings, wonder if anyone can do a simulation to figure it out?
Does it really matter whether it turns into rings or crashes into the planet? In 3.6 billion years, is anybody really going to care, or for that matter, being around?
Well let's see ... First - No. I guess right now it doesn't matter, except I'm curious ...
Second - In 3.6 billion years, if anyone's around, they might care, as it could mean the possibility of debris blasting out, and I don't know about you, but me, I'd like a little notice if there's suddenly going to be large chunks of Real Estate floating around our system for my planet to run into.
Third - And once again I don't know about you, but I hope I've got descendants floating around, in which case, again, **If**,**if**, there's going to be large chunks of Real Estate floating around, I'd Still like there to be 3.6 billion years to plan for it, so we can move out of the system or whatever they come up with, and/or possibly just be ready to watch it, like when those comets hit, what was it? Venus?
And besides, if it's just going to create rings, how often is it you get to see rings being formed around a planet? Be nice to have a little prep time.
In about 3.6 hours I'll be consuming large chunks of (onion) rings.
You know, you're right. If we're not there, it'll probably hit Venus. Otherwise, it'll target Venice. I think Venus would be a teeny meeny bit better.
You are probably thinking of the comet that hit Jupiter.
That might be it. Is that the one that there were several pieces and that they got pics of as it entered the atmosphere and everyone was Ga Ga for a while?
Yup, that was the one. See here.