Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Lost in Space

That was close!


Yesterday, an asteroid came very close to hitting us. How close? Well, it was within the orbits of our GPS satellites. Scientists were pretty sure it wouldn't hit us.


Pretty sure?


We were assured it would have burned up in Earth's atmosphere if it had come close enough. That's comforting. I think. Where were Bruce Willis and his team when we needed them?


It's in this photo...somewhere....


I'm just glad it didn't take out our satellite dish. The weather has done quite enough of that, thank you very much.


And then there's Comet Hartley 2, currently being studied by NASA's EPOXI mission. It was spotted during a flyby by the appropriately-named Deep Impact spacecraft. It's a hyperactive little rock described by scientists as "weird" and "skittish," moving around in space like a knuckleball. It has what is described as an "excited state of rotation," spinning on one axis while rotating on another. An amateur astronomer, I didn't know comets have personalities, but apparently, this is the Charlie Sheen of comets.


Hartley 2 is obviously not camera-shy.


And then there's Apophis (the Destroyer).  This menace of a rock will pass Earth twice in the next twenty-five years. The possibility of impact on Friday, April 13, 2029 has been ruled out (I hope human error isn't going to figure into this at any point in the future). The jury's still out on its second flyby on Easter Sunday, 2036.


Apophis--looks like it's giving us the finger, doesn't it?


Just what we need--optimism!


It just keeps getting better and better....


Okay, that's it...this image is gonna keep me awake tonight!



10 comments:

  1. We lived so much calmer when we had no idea of these. That last pic will give me nightmares. lol

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  2. OMG that last picture cracks me up! The rest of the post really freaks me out though! Natural disasters and things we can't control, like a giant rock destroying our whole planet w/out warning...I try to NOT think about that!

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  3. Yesterday, we ordered fiber optic internet and since everything seemed messed up I spent the morning screaming at our provider and having them put everything back the old way. I am not ready for anything cataclysmic right now. Maybe in 2029.

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  4. "It's in this photo...somewhere...."

    I wonder why it is that single word, somewhere, cracks me up.

    I love that last picture.... gives new meaning to the Midgard Serpent.

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  5. You never know about the last picture. And, what about planet X? Planet Nibiru. Isn't it to strike on Dec. 21, 2012? Been listening to on-line pod casts about that one.

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  6. I'm with Donna...when I didn't know about these things, I didn't have to worry...
    I also like the line, "It's in this photo, somewhere...too funny...
    Oh and I think that one pic looks like a bent penis....!

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  7. Well, the good news is that everything is spread so far apart in space any individual object has an extremely small chance of hitting us. Hell, the asteroid belt doesn't look like it does in movies. They're tens of thousands of miles apart and almost impossible to "accidentally" hit.

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  8. Mike, you lost me at "almost".

    But in any case, everyone knows the world's going to end on my fiancee's birthday: December 21, 2012.

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  9. Oh, wow, that last pic is sort of frightening. Lol. It is the day and age of being "in the know," if you will. But, I feel as though knowing is almost as bad, if not worse, than not knowing at all, cus ti can make us worry, more, which, in turn, can stress us all, more.

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  10. Wow, it is amazing what we can see and to believe there was a time that we were oblivious to the things that were happening around us and we had to write letters and mail them. I am sometimes afraid to watch the news.

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