Posts Tagged ‘earth’
Beware! Run and hide! Or perhaps not, since NASA considers 1.1 million miles from earth to be a “very close approach.” Maybe it ill comfort you to know that the agency thinks there is no chance that asteroid 2014 JO25 will actually collide with our blue ball.
If you know someone with a decent amateur telescope, ask to watch the asteroid tonight.
Scientists have just discovered an asteroid which orbits the sun in such a way that it’s never far from Earth, making it a quasi-satellite of our planet. The odd thing is that the space rock has been doing this for about a century, yet has only recently been found.
That’s the designation for the piece of space debris scheduled to hit Earth this Friday the 13th. It appears that Sri Lanka is the likely location, so we don’t have too much to worry about in the USA. Thought to be a discarded rocket body, it’s unlikely to cause any death or destruction, but should light up the sky over the Indian Ocean for a bit.
It’s an ugly world these days, but there is still beauty to be seen. Try these shots of Earth from the members of Expedition 42 on the Space Station.
With all the disasters swamping the world and depressing us, it’s good to be reminded, courtesy of NASA, what a lovely planet we dwell on. It’s worth fighting for, don’t you think?