July 02, 2006

Adios, everybody! Just in case...

Asteroid 2004 XP14 - Orbit in Blue
Just in case the big asteroid that is supposed to pass within 250,000 miles at about midnight hits the earth. How close is that? The way I picture it is; I have a car with more miles on it than that, therefore it isn't far enough. The scientists, and even the Chinese, who have more to lose from an extinction event, say we shouldn't worry. If you click here, you will be able to jigger with the nifty JPL/NASA program that shows the orbits of things in space. From this perspective, the big asteroid's pass looks 'way too close:

So, just in case it hits the earth tonight and smacks us all into oblivion: Adios, everybody. It has been a whale of a ride.

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