Poetry by the Iguana, and Other Stories

Many people have unexpected gifts, and the Iguana surprised everyone by telling his view of the galaxy in poetry. Everyone but me, that is. I've always known he speaks in lyrics!

Hi! Zantippy Skiphop here! I tell the tales of my adventures in the galaxy with my friends! Iguana likes to stay in his Earth swamp, so his book got written while I was trapped in an extraterrestrial jail. Don't worry, I escaped, so we are all about to tell you lots more stories!

Friday, February 15, 2013

NASA Livestream of Asteroid Fly-by, and in Other News, a Fireball Flies Over Russia

Asteroid 2012 DA14 will skim by Earth today, and NASA is hosting a livestream/chat! The livestream will start at around the time of closest approach, which will be around 2pm EST in the U.S., and around dawn on the 16th in Australia and New Zealand. You can watch the livestream of the asteroid at this NASA site!

NASA is also having to put out internet fires started by doomsday people who are saying that not only will this asteroid hit us, but that the fireball over Russia was part of it. The fireball may have been a meteor, but it had nothing to do with 2012 DA14.

I'm tired of calling the asteroid 2012 DA14, so I'll call him Harry.

But Harry may hit us next year! Harry's orbit around the Sun takes about the same time as Earth's. All it would take would be a nudge-too-much from Earth's gravity to put Harry in an orbit that will intersect with Earth in 2012. This has a very small chance of happening, though, and in fact, once Harry passes today, his new orbital path can be estimated and we'll know if he'll hit us or not.

Active Astronomy has an excellent article about this, and it not only tells us about Harry and the Russian fireball, but about definite plans NASA has to alter the paths of incoming asteroids in the future. NASA also has tracking of Near-Earth Objects that is improving all the time, so our fate isn't so completely at the whim of close asteroids anymore. The article really explains so much that will help calm people's fears.

From the article:

 At 9:20am on 15th February 2013 - just 10 hours before the pass of the nearest asteroid astronomers have ever knowingly witnessed - a meteor ripped through the skies of Russia creating vast plumes of steam & smoke, lit up the sky, ripped open some buildings and injured some of the inhabitants.

A crater 6 metres wide has also been discovered and the hunt is on for a meteorite to unlock its secrets.

But, with the much larger asteroid, 2012 DA14, coming fast in the [Read more ...]


  1. Dang it. I was looking forward to something apocalyptic today. I can think of a few cities that I would not mourn too much after having lost. WASHINGTON DC anyone? eh? eh?

  2. LOL brandi, I think a lot of people wouldn't miss D.C. - although I lived there for some time when I was little. It's definitely better with hippies.

    Rachel, I've heard other people hate London, too! Why do people hate it? I've never been there, just to Heathrow.


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