‘It snuck up on us’: Scientists stunned by ‘city-killer’ asteroid that just missed Earth [wp]
That happened the day after I posted the “astrology” image,[stderr] claiming that the stars and planetary bodies were not going to have any effect on the reader. Some of the commentariat rightly corrected me by pointing out that astrophysicists, astronauts, and people hit by asteroids need a separate entry.
This particular asteroid fell into the category of “too small to notice, but large enough to really fuck you up.”
“I thought everyone was getting worried about something we knew was coming,” Duffy, who is lead scientist at the Royal Institution of Australia, told The Washington Post. Forecasts had already predicted that a couple of asteroids would be passing relatively close to Earth this week.
Then, he looked up the details of the hunk of space rock named Asteroid 2019 OK.
“I was stunned,” he said. “This was a true shock.”
It would have been a perfect interruption for Robert Mueller’s testimony. Especially if it hit Washington.
According to data from NASA, the craggy rock was large, an estimated 57 to 130 meters wide (187 to 427 feet), and moving fast along a path that brought it within about 73,000 kilometers (45,000 miles) of Earth. That’s less than one-fifth of the distance to the moon and what Duffy considers “uncomfortably close.”
That’s “Joe Biden uncomfortably close.”