An asteroid approaches Earth, and then has the adventure of its life. Sascha Geddert’s short animated film, “Fallen”… Fallen from Sascha Geddert on Vimeo. It was sad. I got a little weepy.
Today, June 30th, 2008, is the hundredth anniversary of the Tunguska Incident. In Siberia, on June 30th, 1908, an asteroid exploded and flattened 800 square miles of forest. A strange anniversary to commemorate, true. 🙂
The asteroid Apophis, which NASA had rated as having a 1 in 45,000 chance of colliding with the Earth in the April 2029, in actuality has a 1 in 450 chance. And if the asteroid collides with a satellite in Earth orbit in its 2029 pass, then the asteroid will hit the Earth in 2036.Continue reading “On Upcoming Asteroid Impacts”
Astronomers have rated an asteroid as having a 1 in 75 chance of striking Mars on January 30, 2008. The asteroid, known as 2007 WD5, was discovered in late November and is similar in size to the Tunguska object that hit remote central Siberia in 1908, unleashing energy equivalent to a 15-megaton nuclear bomb thatContinue reading “On Angering the Red Planet”
A year ago former Astronaut Russell Schweickart called on Congress to fund a mission to study whether or not Asteroid 2004 MN4 will strike the Earth in 2029 by placing a radio transponder on the asteroid for more precise measurements of its orbit. Now it’s thought that the asteroid has a better chance of strikingContinue reading “On an Asteroid Strike”