Wednesday, January 06, 2010


What are you doing in 2036?

That's the year I turn 60 (God willing).

From my morning train reading in today's Wall Street Journal:

As asteroids go, Apophis is a whopper, measuring 1,000 feet across, about the size of the Rose Bowl. In 2029 it will make its first pass around the earth, so close that it will travel beneath our communication satellites. In fact, you might see it whiz by overhead with binoculars. Depending on how it whips around the earth, there is a slight chance it might actually hit the earth when it returns in 2036 (but the latest calculations only show a one in a hundred thousand chance of impact).

Eh. Those aren't bad odds.

The image above is from Apophis' Wiki.

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