Nov
14
2007

Don’t worry; we aren’t all about to die.

Rosetta: It didn't want to cause any trouble. All it wants to do is chase comets.
Rosetta: It didn't want to cause any trouble. All it wants to do is chase comets.Courtesy Wikimedia commons
Just in case you were concerned, the planet earth isn’t about to get creamed by an asteroid.

Oh? You weren’t concerned? Never mind.

Apparently, last week the Minor Planet Center was just about to release an emergency warning that a large, extra-terrestrial body was just about to pass a hair’s breadth from the earth – it should have skimmed by about 3,500 miles away. That’s creepily close, when we’re dealing with space.

Fortunately (for our stress centers, I guess) a clever Russian scientist actually took the time to look at the nearly earth-bound mass, and to track its trajectory, and realized that it was, in fact, the European, comet-chasing probe, Rosetta. Rosetta is about the size of a utility van (with wings), and we are quite safe from it.

So, thanks to one plucky Russian astronomer, the world is safe again. You all still have a pretty good chance of getting hit by cars tomorrow, though, or by dead birds falling from the sky. Or of choking on something you thought would be harmless, like pudding.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Thor's picture
Thor says:

I bet the Minor Planet Center is making a big deal out this so it can get more attention and become the Major Planet Center.

posted on Fri, 11/16/2007 - 4:44pm
Jean's picture
Jean says:

I'll have you know i was fully prepared for this inevitable disaster. My asteroid shelter was fully stocked with funyuns. You know, the stuff astronauts eat?

posted on Tue, 11/27/2007 - 6:15pm
marie's picture
marie says:

how do you think the earth's core mantle is going to look in 50 thousand years from now?

posted on Sun, 01/13/2008 - 10:19pm

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