It’s A Small World After All

23 Aug

Image: Onrushing Asteroid Drill Just a Test, Isn't It?

If you enjoyed the recent solar eclipse then you should really like this…maybe…

NASA reports that a 2.7 mile wide asteroid named Florence (They name asteroids now?) is headed toward Earth and should arrive just in time for the Labor Day weekend! Fortunately its trajectory will bring it only to within 4.4 million miles from Earth, which means we can stay outside with our barbecues and friends rather than heading for the hills on interstate 95!

According to NASA asteroids are passing by all of the time but this will be the biggest one to pass this closely to Earth since NASA’s program to detect and track near-Earth asteroids began. It’s called NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies. Who knew?

If you have a telescope you can even watch it pass by starting later this month. And if you are really into asteroids NASA says that another asteroid called 2012 TC4 (Who names these things anyway?) about roughly the size of a house will pass even closer to Earth in early October.

NASA says that it will fly inside the moon’s orbit! But rest easy because it will miss geostationary satellites (thank goodness!) but still they plan to keep a very close eye on it as a test of a new planetary defense system. (apparently we have one of those) NASA said the asteroid, 2012 TC4, had been out of range of telescopes since 2012 and would pass the Earth’s surface no closer than around 4,200 miles on Oct. 12.

However, news of testing the planetary defense system, has resulted in some astronomers speculating about the possibility the asteroid could hit the Earth…after all it’s only about as far away from Earth as New Jersey is from Italy…and I’m Italian! Cosmically speaking what are the odds?


NASA says not to worry though because no asteroids that could impact earth in the foreseeable future have been observed… but their spokesperson concluded their statement with “while we know the orbit of 2012 TC4 well enough to be absolutely certain it will not impact Earth, we haven’t established its exact path just yet.              (how un-worrying is that?)

I don’t know about you but I’d feel a lot better if they’d give this house sized chunk of rock a real name like that Florence asteroid… Maybe Gail or Godzilla or Gomorrah? If I’m gonna get hit by an asteroid I’d much rather look up into the sky and shout, “Oh no! It’s Gail! Run!” or Look out for Gomorrah! It cometh again!!!”

Who wants to point up into the sky and shout, “It’s 2012TC Foooooooooore!…right before having to watch your neighbors squashed into oblivion?! Maybe if I were on the golf course at the time with a 1 iron in my hands but other than that…

Anyway, keep an eye out! October 12th… it come!…close?

3 Responses to “It’s A Small World After All”

  1. makagutu August 23, 2017 at 6:14 am #

    Thank you for the advance warning.

  2. alesiablogs August 23, 2017 at 5:37 pm #

    This was hysterical even if you do go up in a ball of fire!! I guess I will join you. You sure Trump isnt involved in this?

  3. gpicone August 23, 2017 at 8:19 pm #

    I seriously doubt he’ll see it coming!

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