Monday, March 9, 2009
“Asteroid 2009 DD45 on Monday passed within 38,000 miles of Earth, less than twice the height of the geostationary satellites we depend on for communications”. How many people on Monday were thinking of an asteroid that could end existence on Earth? I often hear of an apocalypse or a dooms day to end the world, but I do not consider it daily. If the right size asteroid had made proper contact with the Earth human life could be irreversibly changed. It would just end I would not know it was coming. Maybe it’s the movies but I feel like there should be a warning or mass havoc or something before deep impact. Scientists did not even see this one coming. For an asteroid to have that kind of impact is extremely rare, but it could happen. We would never have seen a presidential address on every station warning us of the end while the president tried to remain in control. Monday an asteroid could have hit, it just missed; 38,000 miles is close.