Monday, June 9, 2014

Enterprises TV Reports That Asteroids Narrowly Miss our Planet on a Regular Basis

Enterprises TV notes that living in South Florida is like living at the end of a bowling alley:  hurricanes roll our way every summer and you never know when there's going to be a strike.  In a way, living on the planet Earth is like living at the end of a shooting gallery.  A million or so loose rocks known as asteroids, meteors and comets are circling the solar system all the time.  There's not a planet or moon that doesn't show the scars of direct impacts, including our own mother Earth.  Scientists have long accepted that it's not a question of "if", but "when" we are visited again, as we were on the day after Valentine's Day of 2013.  Two asteroids made their presence known -- one was a much ballyhooed near miss, but the other did not miss.  While one sailed by our planet, closer than the orbit of our communication satellites with every moment covered by our news media, the city of Chelyabinsk, Russia, experienced a skyburst from another asteroid -- one we didn't even see coming.

Enterprises TV examines our frequent rendezvous with rogue boulders from space.

The Enterprises TV show salutes the dedicated skywatchers, both professional and amateur, who are constantly scanning for literally anything that moves in space.  The night sky is full of bright lights, but most of them do not change their position.  When anything other than one of our fellow planets is spotted moving through space, the astronomers take notice.  It can be exceedingly difficult to spot these objects because most of them sport a surface that's darker than coal, so the amount of sunlight reflected from their surface would be miniscule.  These wandering mountains are not all heralds of doomsday.  World space agencies are eagerly planning missions to see if we can salvage the water, iron and other valuable minerals that make up their mass.  There is even a planned mission to capture a tiny asteroid the size of an office building in order to study it up close.  This is not a death sentence, though, because space bodies have been buzzing us since the Earth was born and we're still here to talk about it.

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