Some of my friends in our SMS exchanges will at times long for the big meteor to put us out of our misery.
Today I read at Space.com that there is a big asteroid – hopefully not meteor – coming.
A space rock is approaching Earth! And although it would be irresponsible to shout “Incoming!” in a hypothetical movie theater and create a panic, asteroid 2012 TC4 will pass quite close to Earth’s surface when it zips safely by our planet later this year.
Teams of scientists from NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) that monitor the locations of near-Earth objects have been tracking asteroid 2012 TC4 with various instruments, including the ESA’s Very Large Telescope Observatory. Those observations have made it possible to better predict when the asteroid will make its flyby of Earth, and just how close it will get to the planet. Observing close flybys like this also helps prepare teams to detect a near-Earth asteroid whose course might pose a threat to Earth.
2012 TC4 will fly by Earth on Oct. 12 at a distance of about 27,000 miles (43,500 kilometers), or about one-eighth the distance to the moon. Previous observations suggested the space rock might come to within 4,200 miles (6,800 kilometers), according to a statement from NASA.
Scientists are interested in this asteroid not only because of its close approach, but also because of its size: The asteroid is between 30 and 100 feet (10 and 30 meters) across, or the same general size as the rock that exploded above the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in February 2013.
Firstly, one of these days, something will come at the planet on a collision course. One of these days, it’ll be a big asteroid. One of these days, it will be a hyuuuuge Coronal Mass Ejection (cf. Carrington Event).
On a smaller scale, one of these days, a car might not stop when you are in the way. A tree, one of these days, could come through your roof. It may happen that you will get caught in some civil disturbance or violence, one of these days.
We do not know the day or the hour. Examine your consciences and…
GO TO CONFESSION!
Next, Spaceweather.com says, speaking of CME, that:
AURORAS LIKELY THIS WEEK: For reasons researchers do not fully understand, the weeks around equinoxes have more geomagnetic disturbances than any other time of year. Data prove it: Auroras love equinoxes. We are now just weeks away from the northern autumnal equinox and, right on cue, the auroras have appeared. […] More auroras are in the offing this week. A canyon-shaped hole in the sun’s atmosphere is spewing solar wind toward Earth. Estimated time of arrival: Aug. 31st. NOAA forecasters estimate a 30% chance of polar geomagnetic storms (G1-class) when the gaseous material arrives.