Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Prepare for the Apocalypse (part two)

If good old fashioned Holy War doesn't do us in, perhaps this meteor will. Thankfully, at least for those already drawing social security, Apophis (the meteor is fittingly named for the Egyptian god of darkness and chaos) isn't due until 2036.

As for the rest of us, NASA has decided that 2036 is a long time from now and will wait until 2013 to start thinking up ways to avoid a catastrophic collision. My suspicion is that NASA has run the numbers and calculated that the odds of a meteor strike (currently estimated at 1:5,500) are substantially smaller than the odds that we'll wipe ourselves out before then, with or without any assistance from celestial bodies.

Who I am to disagree?


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