Sunday, 10 February 2013

The end of the World?

In the news today, a 131 foot long chunk of rock is reportedly hurtling through space towards the earth!
Is this the end of civilisation as we know it?  Should we all be rushing down into our fallout shelters, (American readers only, UK citizens should hide under a table), could the years of scientific research be right & we are all doomed? It was something not too dissimilar that reportedly wiped out the dinosaurs.
The report states that NASA are going to give it a 'near miss' status as it will be passing our planet on 15th February 2013 at a distance of 17,000 miles. Now before you head to the supermarket, fighting with your neighbours & empty the shelves of tinned products, let’s put that into perspective.

The circumference of the earth is 24,901.55 miles, so less than half the size of the planet, North to South Pole is a distance of 12,400 miles. Near miss hardly cuts it, almost getting hit by a bus crossing the road is a near miss.  That would be the equivalent of the bus driving along a road in Sydney Australia & it almost hitting me whilst I wander unsuspectingly in London England. I wouldn’t even notice it, let alone hear the driver calling me a ‘Pommey bastard’.

It is going to be the closest 'near miss' since records began, which I'm imagining was prior to high powered telescopes, as hundreds of years ago primitive man pointed up at shooting stars saying, "Phew that was a close one".
Add to the information that the person discovering this & providing this information is a Spanish dentist, then we really should hold up on the hysteria, put the shopping trolley back & maybe not even give it any more of our time.

That's comparable to being warned by your Mum that crossing your eyes will remain permanent should the wind change.  We are going to take as much notice & laugh it off.  However well respected the dentist may be in his chosen field, I wouldn’t go to my gardener for advice on carpentry. 

How stupid will I look when the World ends & my bookshelf collapses.  He is part of a group of amateur asteroid spotters but NASA is taking him seriously, enough to be in the news today.

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