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Umm, did you happen to feel a strong breeze yesterday?  Maybe it was the crap weather--OR MAYBE IT WAS THE SECRET ASTEROID WHIZZING BY EARTH AT 12 MILES PER SECOND.

I try not to be an alarmist, which is hard when you watch as much TV as I do and therefore are trained to believe that every phone is tapped, every person is a potential murderer and every little cough or ache is a sign of cancer.  But, with effort, I am generally able to remain convinced that everything is going to be relatively OK. 

And then I see headlines like this:

Surprise Asteroid Buzzed Earth Monday

Um, How surprise-y are we talking about?

 Discovered only days ago, asteroid 2009 DD45 zipped between our planet and the moon at 13:44 universal time (8:44 a.m. ET). The asteroid was moving at about 12 miles (20 kilometers) a second when it was closest to Earth.

"Discovered only days ago?"  Um, this shit does not fly with me.  I was under the impression that technology was at the point where we were aware of this kind of thing a lot sooner.  I don't know where I got this impression (OK, maybe I do), but it seems reasonable enough.

Now, it's not like we are talking about the Texas-sized asteroid that threatened to put an early end to Ben Affleck's relationship with Liv Tyler (as well as the rest of the Earth) in Armageddon.  According to National Geographic, this is a small asteroid:

At just 65 to 164 feet (20 to 50 meters) wide, the asteroid "was much fainter than anything visible to the naked eye" even during close approach, Spahr said.

However, according to New Scientist:

That rivals the size of the asteroid, estimated to be as small as 30 metres, that slammed into Tunguska, Siberia in 1908, creating a powerful blast that levelled 2000 square kilometres of forest.

So sure, this asteroid would have only destroyed a small fraction of the Earth's surface.  BUT THAT'S A BIG FREAKING DEAL IF IT'S YOUR FRACTION OF THE EARTH IT SLAMS INTO.

In conclusion, I would like to respectfully request that the scientists in charge of space stop misappropriating their time and resources and doing stupid things like demoting Pluto and MAKE SURE HUGE ROCKS AREN'T ABOUT TO KILL US ALL.  Thx.


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Most earth buzzing objects are found AFTER they are on their way back out. Nobody is looking to the skies. Not enough money in it. In "A Short History of Nearly Everything" by Bill Bryson, it is said that the number of people looking for these "killer" asteroids is the same as the staff of a medium size McDonalds. Hows that grab you?


Man, that is REALLY not comforting.

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