Look Up – Asteroids Coming Close To Earth This Week
It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No – it’s an asteroid!
Is this a big deal? Well only if you consider something the size of a house, or a plane, grazing the earth. Ok, maybe not “grazing,” but it will pass within about 3 million miles of Earth.
According to NASA, the asteroid is about 59 feet. Other asteroids tootling above the Earth, September 6 through the 12, have been compared to the size of a plane, and one the size of a bus.
The asteroids won’t pose a threat – but it does sound strange to have these large things flying through the sky. Though at any given time in the atmosphere, there are things flying around out there.
Asteroids, Meteorite, Or Comets?
At this point you’re probably asking what the difference is. Me too.
Dictionary.com describes them. To me, they are all just those fireballs in disaster movies, that come crashing to earth. In reality, one is space rock, one is a rocky object, and another is made of ice and dust. Simplified, of course.
About 25 years ago a friend of mine found a rock in his backyard. It was a little bigger than a softball, but it weighed about 15 pounds. It was a blackish silver rock, that looked like it had been burned in a fire. It was a meteorite. And it was quite amazing.
Time For The Dad Jokes:
Why are asteroids vegetarians? Because they aren’t meteors.
Do you know what were dinosaurs called before the meteors hit? Live-osaurs.
What did the Earth say when Earth saw a comet coming towards it? “COM-ET me bro!”
If you want to track the asteroids and comets that are coming close to earth for their vacation, you can do that on the NASA Asteroid Watch Dashboard. Or you can just look up.