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GIANT ASTEROID PASSES BY EARTH WITHOUT CAUSING ANY DAMAGE OR PANIC JUST LIKE SCIENTISTS SAID IT WOULD
February 15 2013
Washington, D.C. – There are many, many threats out there in the Universe. Some have hit our little blue marble before and caused the kind of apocalyptic damage that we see in movies, and one may do so again. In fact, it will happen, someday, unless we are able to stop it somehow.
Luckily that day, the day we need to stop the Universe from destroying us, is not today. As expected, the large meteor 2012 DA14 has passed by us, closely, but past just as everyone had predicted. That meteor was large and had it struck could potentially have killed thousands if not more but it did not, it just zoomed on by.
The arrival of 2012 DA14, though, is not something we have simply avoided by the skin of our teeth. For researchers it is a warning shot, a sign of things to come and a message to all of us that something must be done to avoid or prevent strikes from celestial objects before they can, unlike this one, cause serious damage to our planet. Unlike with this meteor, though, it’s believed those warnings will go largely ignored because eggheads think they know everything which people resent.
2012 DA14 passed beneath the orbit of our communications satellites which means it is really, really close in terms of space closeness, not actually closeness. At the closest stage it was 27,600 kilometres above the Earth.
Because the meteor was relatively small, about 150 feet at its largest section, the only kind of serious damage it could have caused is if it landed directly on a major population centre.
It’s believed that if such a thing had happened it would have landed in Russia which is a country that is somehow magnetically attracted to crap from space.
“We are lucky, despite how small this body was, that it didn’t hit us. I mean we are always lucky when giant rocks don’t crash into use from space, we have to count ourselves very fortunate. It’s also fortunate that we are able to track these things, that scientists are able to observe them and understand them because that could lead to future defences,” said Scrape TV Science analyst Dr. Howard Poe.”Close fly bys like this are great for studying these bodies which, in turn, will allow us to potentially come up with some kind of defence against them, or against bigger ones which would cause real damage and kills millions and destroy human culture and society forever.”
At no point did scientists believe this meteor would hit Earth despite the closeness.
“There are bigger and far more dangerous bodies out there which could easily destroy
all of humanity and only by learning from them will we be able to actually affect a solution. Unfortunately the money to create such a solution often isn’t there and assuring people that we are safe from things like 2012 DA14 isn’t helping, not one bit, not even a little,” continued Poe. “It just makes people relax and feel like they don’t need to worry because scientists have this covered. Of course when a giant rock does come hurtling straight at us I’m sure those same people will be upset that science didn’t solve the problem but there is only so much you can do as a scientist when you don’t have money or resources, and saving humanity just is not one of them.”
Most scientists called 2012 DA14 a bunch of nasty names as it passed by us, of course.
Anna Phillips, Science Correspondent