Friday, February 15, 2013

Map of Near Earth Objects

Update 15 Feb 2013: METEORITE FALLS IN WESTERN URALS. “A meteor flew across the sky above Russia’s Ural Mountains Friday morning, causing sharp explosions and injuring more than 400 people, many of them hurt by broken glass. . . . Interior Ministry spokesman Vadim Kolesnikov said more than 400 people had sought medical treatment after the blasts, and at least three were hospitalized in serious condition. Many of the injuries were from glass that was broken by the explosions.”

Earth is an island.  When people say or think this they usually think of the Earth as a sensitive but contained system.  One has to remember, however, that islands are repeatedly battered by waves and sometimes a massive storm can change the whole ecosystem.

Case in point is this map from Earth Sky which shows the current (February 13, 2013) meteor, asteroid, comet  giant space rock, whatever traffic Earth has to navigate.  And this is just the space debris we know of.

Click to enlarge.
2012 DA14 will miss the Earth by 15 minutes today.  Remember, it is not alone.  Sleep well.

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