There are a lot of near misses in life, planes taking off and landing, cars going through an intersection, almost marrying the wrong person. I am not playing down all those things, in their own way they can be catastrophic. However, as bad as they can be for us individually there’s probably not much more that would affect the entire world more than an asteroid striking it.
The chances of that happening are pretty low. The closest we ever came was back on September 27th, of 2003 when a smaller asteroid came within 54,700 miles of hitting earth. Another one in March of 2002 came within 288,000 miles but the one that is celebrated this day came on March 23rd, 1989 and came within 500,000 miles of striking earth.
If the asteroid had hit Earth it could have caused a crater about the size of Washington D.C. Yes, there may have been a lot of deaths and destruction but it could have also knocked the Earth off it’s axis and caused even more damage to people even thousands of miles away. It could have even meant the end of the World.
We are hit often by tiny meteorites, they cause a great deal of damage on thier own. But if a larger one hits us, and scientists believe it is only a matter of time until it happens, life would change forever, if it would even survive. These same scientists are working on ways to deflect the asteroid, laser it or who knows what, to change it’s course. It is a real threat, but one most of us can do little about.
We are only a small part of the universe. We need to understand that, and respect it.
How to celebrate – Check out all the asteroids that have nearly struck the earth. Get a summer home built on the moon in case we are hit. Go back to bed and forget about things you cannot change.