Supermoon

If you have been fortunate enough to have a clear sky in last couple of days, you may have noticed that the moon is especially bright and large. This is no coincidence, since this month’s lunar perigee (221,796 miles) occurs at around the same time as the official moment of the moon’s full phase. We have had three supermoons in a row this summer, but this weekend’s … Continue reading Supermoon

Asteroid 2000 EM26 – Live Broadcast

It’s February already and time for another Near Earth Asteroid flyby. We had asteroid 2012 DA14 fly by last year between the earth and the moon’s orbit. In an odd coincidence, fragments from another, unrelated meter hit the Earth on the same day, and its air-burst shockwave caused property damage in Chelyabinsk, Russia. See a previous post for more details: Meteor Explodes over the Ural Mountains in Russia. This year’s February … Continue reading Asteroid 2000 EM26 – Live Broadcast

Meteor Explodes over the Ural Mountains in Russia

At about 9:20am local time (5:20am GMT), a meteor entered the Earth’s atmosphere and exploded above the Ural Mountains in Russia, injuring more than 900 people. The injuries were mostly due to ear drum damage, broken glass, and other debris caused by a shock-wave. “Fragments of the meteor fell in a thinly populated area of the Chelyabinsk region, the Russian Emergency Ministry said in a … Continue reading Meteor Explodes over the Ural Mountains in Russia

Asteroid 2012DA14 – Live Broadcast

Short post to inform those interested that Space.com will cover Asteroid 2012 DA14 will fly live. The link is here. Previous posts on Asteroid 2012DA14: Asteroid 2012DA14 to Shoot through Near Earth Orbit Asteroid 2012DA14 – Update REPOST: What would happen if 2012DA14 were not an asteroid, but a probe from another solar system? Of course,it isn’t, but this possibility is explored in my science fiction short … Continue reading Asteroid 2012DA14 – Live Broadcast

Asteroid 2012DA14 – Update

UPDATE on Asteroid 2012DA14: New images and video from NASA No commentary needed. The images are self-explanatory. Source: http://si.wsj.net/public/resources/images/WO-AM190B_ASTER_G_20121228195408.jpg Source: SPACE.com: All about our solar system, outer space and exploration REPOST: What would happen if 2012DA14 were not an asteroid, but a probe from another solar system? Of course,it isn’t, but this possibility is explored in my science fiction short story, A Taste of Earth … Continue reading Asteroid 2012DA14 – Update

Asteroid 2012DA14 to Shoot through Near Earth Orbit

NASA has projected that on February 15, 2013, an asteroid about half the size of a football field will skim by Earth within near earth orbit. What: asteroid Designation: 2012DA14 Composition: probably made of stone as opposed to ice or metal Size: about 148 feet (45 meters) long, “medium size,” about half the size of a football field Weight: roughly 143,000 tons Speed: traveling at … Continue reading Asteroid 2012DA14 to Shoot through Near Earth Orbit

A Taste of Earth: Scene 10

This is the tenth and final scene from A Taste of Earth, a science fiction short story. I hope you have enjoyed it, and I would love to hear from you. _________________________________ Lab 14, Edwards Air Force Base, California “Will you comply?” Brigadier General Jensen shouted in a command voice that would make a drill sergeant flinch. “Yes,” Hachiman answered. As the general issued instructions … Continue reading A Taste of Earth: Scene 10

A Taste of Earth: Scene 9

This is the ninth scene from A Taste of Earth, a science fiction short story in ten scenes. I will post the entire story one scene at a time each Friday. I hope you enjoy A Taste of Earth, and I would love to hear from you. _________________________________ Lab 14, Edwards Air Force Base, California Dipesh felt a little relief drain out of him as … Continue reading A Taste of Earth: Scene 9