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Friday, June 24, 2011

Timing is Everything

If we depended upon the Media to tell us important news, rather than issuing Progressive press releases, we’d still be living in the Stone Age.  “Man Invents the Wheel” would be the latest headline.  Or:  “Obama Invents the Wheel.”  He certainly wants to send us back to the Stone Age with his Luddite, Anti-Technology policies.

Thanks to NASA and the Space Weather Channel website, we have learned this startling piece of scientific news:

ASTEROID FLYBY: Newly-discovered asteroid 2011 MD will pass only 12,000 kilometers (7,500 miles) above Earth's surface on Monday June 27 at about 9:30 a.m. EDT. NASA analysts say there is no chance the space rock will strike Earth. Nevertheless, the encounter is so close that Earth's gravity will sharply alter the asteroid's trajectory:

Just so there’s no mistaking how close this flyby is going to be, SWC includes a diagram of the event:




This is going to be an alarmingly close call.  According to this item, the asteroid will not simply pass within 7,500 miles of Earth’s orbit, but within 7,500 – hundred, not thousand – miles of Earth’s surface.   That's about the distance from New York City to Tehran. 

I picked a swell day for my first day of summer vacation.  Vacationers flying that morning will have some incredible pictures to show the family at the next reunion.  So everyone with a camera – keep your eyes peeled at 9:30 a.m. (EDT) this Monday.

But wear a helmet.


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