So how does it feel to have “narrowly” missed death?
That’s right…you should be thanking your Maker today for sweet, mildly-polluted air to breathe instead of being blasted into oblivion. Didn’t you know?
SMALL ASTEROID NARROWLY MISSES EARTH (New York Post)
A 200-foot wide asteroid zoomed past Earth today at an altitude of 40,000 miles – swerving far enough from our planet to avoid total destruction, officials said.
Dubbed 2009 DD45, the large rock was discovered only Friday by Australian astronomers.
The enormous asteroid narrowly avoided a collision with Earth at 8:44 EST, officials said.
Although 40,000 miles sounds like a safe distance, it’s only about one-seventh of the way to the moon and less than twice as far out as most satellites, astronomers said.
Had 2009 DD45 slammed down onto the Earth, it would have exploded with the force of a large nuclear blast somewhere in the Pacific Ocean west of Tahiti.
What I love is that last Friday, astronomers were peering through their telescopes and apparently not only started screaming like little girls, but forgot to tell the rest of us.
Then the thing zips by us, only missing us by a “little,” and they’re like, “Ha ha, yeah…so ROFL, guys. We’re still alive. No problem. Whew!”
But don’t worry…
Astronomers said the asteroid is likely to return for another series of near misses since it’s somehow drawn in by our planet’s gravity.