Wednesday, December 14, 2005

It's called Apophis. It's 390m wide. And it could hit Earth in 31 years time

Nasa has estimated that an impact from Apophis, which has an outside chance of hitting the Earth in 2036, would release more than 100,000 times the energy released in the nuclear blast over Hiroshima. Thousands of square kilometres would be directly affected by the blast but the whole of the Earth would see the effects of the dust released into the atmosphere.

And, scientists insist, there is actually very little time left to decide.

Oh, there's nothing to really worry about. I'm sure that if we just keep doing what we're doing we'll be absolutely fine. I mean, think of all the real problems facing us: gay marriage, the Rapture, the intelligent design debate . . . The list is endless.

Besides, these animations clearly show how trivial the asteroid threat is.

No, we need to stick to our business here on Earth and stop scaring ourselves with outer-space horror stories. And don't get me started on "climate change."


W.M. Bear said...

One minute you're a happy allosaur noshing away on a fresh kill, the next, you're toast....

JEFM said...


I get to see the end of humanity, that's awesome!


Mac said...

As Dubya would say, "Bring it on!"

Gerald T said...

Killing Joke has a good asteroid song, called oddly enough, Asteroid.

We are getting a little back and forth dialogue/debate going over at the Station Mac, hope you don’t mind the sparing, just tuning up in case any of the snide know it all people show up, or even God forbid Phil Plant. (yes, Plant, as in what was planted in the head of Mr Hand in the movie Dark city.)

PS Love the Parrot, freaking surreal planet.

stankan said...

We have nothing to fear.