A BIG ROCK
A lot of people are flipped out over the increased number of meteors that have penetrated our atmosphere. They think that this is an early warning that some big rock, maybe one the size of Mount Everest, is headed our way.
Thousands of meteors hit the earth every day. We don't see all of them and some can be as small as a grain of rice. Asteroids, on the other hand, orbit around the sun. Every so often one asteroid will collide with another one, sending the debris into our inner solar system. Is this something we need to be worried about?
Most of us have seen science fiction movies where the earth is threatened by either spacemen or space debris. In the movie, people on earth go into hysterics except for a few brave scientists who work diligently to come up with a way to avoid Armageddon. Whether it's a rock or a rocket ship, earth prevails.
Officials from NASA are warning Congress that budget cuts have diminished the resources they need to track earth threatening objects. They're asking Congress to help them level the playing field by funding projects such as larger telescopes, new data gathering technology, and most of all, strategies to prevent asteroids from decimating the planet.
Whether it’s in the next one thousand years or the next bazillion years, we will get clobbered by a mountain sized boulder that will wipe out all life so that the cycle of life and death continues, just as it did after an asteroid bumped off the dinosaurs.
None of us wants to be here when the big rock hits because we assume there'll be panic and chaos as the last days of earth are boldly counted down. I wonder. Maybe we wouldn't. Maybe we'd just want to get in one last ride before doomsday. One last look around the around the room before the arrival of inevitable annihilation shreds the planet of life.
Do we need to worry? Yes we do. Do we need a plan? Yes we do. Do we have to do it now?
Yes we do.