There is a giant space rock hurtling towards Earth! It is predicted to miss, and usually I’d trust the math and physics, but given the Bayesian priors of our experiences the last few years, I would not be surprised if they forgot to carry the 3.
Anyway, the Virtual Telescope Project will be showing it live, in about an hour. You might want to watch it, just in case.
Unfortunately, the stupid asteroid scheduled its closest approach for when I’ll be in class. I guess I’ll have to watch it after the fact, I hope.
Marcus Ranum says
I don’t think it’s possible to get any more click-baity than “HUGE ASTEROID MAY HIT EARTH THIS WEEKEND”
I think you mean the End is Ni! Ni! Ni!
Just started watching.
I and the rest of the English speaking world would like to know why you Americans call it Math, instead of Maths?
Walter Solomon says
We be special.
Anyway, the Earth tried to get rid of us with a giant volcano in the South Pacific but it didn’t take. I guess the planet was desperate and called in the cavalry.
If your concern about mathematical errors turns out to be correct, you’ll be able to watch in real time…whether you want to or not.
Rob Grigjanis says
davidc1 @4: The same reason the Americans say “physic” (which really means the study of medicine) instead of “physics”. They’re against pluralism.
Raging Bee says
Haven’t heard any loud noises yet, so I guess we’re OK…?
Rob Grigjanis @8
I don’t know if you’re joking, but I’m pretty sure people in the US say “physics”. I’ve never heard “physic” and have lived in the US my whole life.
Rob Grigjanis says
springa73 @10: Yes, I’m experiencing a brief and rare period of jocularity.
@11 – Ah, OK.
Just passed the time given for closest approach, which by coincidence seems to be about the same distance from Earth as the JWST, although presumably in a different direction.
PZ Myers says
Oh come on. It’s written right there on the great seal of the United States and on some of our coins: E pluribus unum. It’s a core American rule.
Reminds me of a comment after the 2016 election;”They voted for the asteroid!”
kevinv @2: “I think you mean the End is Ni! Ni! Ni!”
So if it hits at all, it will be at Knight?
@15, “So if it hits at all, it will be at Knight?”
Yes, it hits their helmet, causing them to say “Ekky-ekky-ekky-ekky-z’Bang, zoom-Boing, z’nourrrwringnmmm”, which is a fairly typical comment after having an asteroid land on your head.