Thought for Today

Asteroid
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According to NASA today saw us in a near miss with Asteroid 2010 TD54.

Says NASA, the asteroid, “will have its closest approach to Earth‚Äôs surface at an altitude of about 45,000 kilometers (27,960 miles) at 6:50 EDT a.m. (3:50 a.m. PDT). At that time, the asteroid will be over southeastern Asia in the vicinity of Singapore. During its flyby, Asteroid 2010 TD54 has zero probability of impacting Earth.”

So, from where I’m sitting, that was 11:50am. Phew. At ten to midday today I was more concerned with having a bit of a cold coming on, and the fact that Microsoft might be getting worried about how Kinect is going to be received by the general public. The fact that I had nearly been missed by 2010 TD54 didn’t play much on my mind, I imagine this is because I couldn’t do anything about it. Also, the fact that the asteroid missed by several hundred thousand miles, which in my human scale is a lot, mediated against my dwelling on it.

That said, I can’t do anything about Microsoft or Sony, Nintendo or any other large companies and their worries. I can, however, do something about my cold.

Time to have a recap on the value of news from Thoreau’s Walden.

One thought on “Thought for Today

  1. I like the idea that 27,960 miles is “a lot” on the “human scale”. It shows a magnificent lack of perspective that you think a distance you could travel in two days using puny human methods is large in a universe that would take you one hundred billion trillion years to cross at the same speeds. This thing missed us by approximately the earth’s circumference. Let me put it into a human scale you can really understand, it’s like getting your first bocci shot sub-0.4m of the Palino.

    If you really can do something about the cold… that’s money that is.

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