May 20, 2011

Hmm... Comet Hits Earth??

This comet called Comet Elenin is causing quite a buzz right now.
Its course will pass very close to Earth in fall, and it's got the so-called "2012 believers" buzzed up, them talking about the "end" and all that.

Nah, in my opinion, it won't hit us. When you think of the solar system, you'll get an mental image of something like this.
solar system
But no, the planets are a lot far apart, and, the sun is too small compared to the other planets in this pic.

So, there's a LOT of space between planets. And the possibility of a comet hitting us?

Very low.

True, there have been a few giant impacts to Earth in the past. But that's very, very, very, very rare.
So, we're safe.

That's what I think, at least.


  1. Anonymous5/20/2011

    Actually, a big comet hits us every 100,000 years or so and every once in awhile a comet hits and wipes out everything. It has happened 3 or 4 times.
    By the way did you see the video or pics of the comet crashing into the sun by NASA the other day?
    Mr. Troy

  2. there was? omg i gotta go see that!
    the most recent meteorite that wiped out the earth was like 65,000,000 years ago, so...
    it's well over 100,000...
    oh no

  3. Next time you dream about a robot who can clean the house, do your taxes, wipe your behind think about Hal and think again.

  4. Anonymous5/23/2011

    Maybe it was every 100 million. Gotta check again. I did read somewhere that we are due for another hit relatively soon though.

  5. Anonymous5/23/2011
    Check this link to Wikipedia. There's a pretty big hit every 500,000 years and a VERY serious one every 10 million years. The last one was 65 million years ago so we are wayyyyy past due for the next one.

  6. Um…
    Mr. "Used cunstruction equipment", I haven't the slightest what you're talking about.