Armageddon Today—Asteroid 1999 FN53—NOT!

Oh boy!  Today was going to be it.  It’s all over, a Maki and the Bolide event.   So said the UK Express with all caps 48 HOURS and MASS EXTINCTION on Tuesday.  What is missing is the word “might.”  This was a one mile wide object that was to  pass Earth within 1.8 million miles at 30,000 miles per hour.  Now, if this object did collide with Earth, it would be devastating.  But, it passed by harmlessly.  As, I assumed it would.

I thought about posting this last night.  Instead I had dinner, a nice wine, and listened to music.  It was all good.  This morning, Earthsky.org wrote that the panic was unwarranted. That’s what I thought too.

About Richard Rollo

I am a retired Community College Instructor. I taught Political Science 1 American Government for 22 years in Southern California. I am originally from Northern Minnesota. My earliest years were spent in the living quarters of a rural Duluth Winnipeg & Pacific Railway Depot. Then my family joined the great 1950's migration to Southern California where I joined up with fellow baby boomers in overcrowded schools.
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