Monday, October 6, 2008

Breaking news...HEADS UP!

I've mentioned Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy blog before and he just posted some news that I want to share/rip-off.

Turns out that that an object a couple of meters across will enter the Earth’s atmosphere at about 10:46pm eastern time tonight.

With a diameter of two meters, the object poses no real danger to anyone because it will break up in the atmosphere. Worst case scenario is that a few small rocks will make it to Earth's surface and while it would be an incredible bummer to be hit on the head by one, the odds are very small.

It is predicted to burn up over Africa, northern Sudan to be specific.

It will be an amazing shooting star because most shooting stars that you see are about the size of a grain of sand. As Plait puts it, "Something as big as a grape would make a very bright fireball. A rock two meters across will be incredible."

Plait will post updates as he gets them so check out his site for more info.

You nerd.

(Oh, and if you want to read some scary shit about asteroid impacts with Earth, The Atlantic published a fascinating article by Gregg Easterbrook which can be found here.)

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