Friday, October 13, 2006

Hmmm.... Okie Dokey!

And if this event does take place, we're suppose to do what? Pack our bags and go elsewhere? Giant comet may collide with Earth late October
According to the Russian astronomer Nikolai Fedorovsky, a giant comet flying at top speed is bound for Earth. Should the comet stay on the collision course, it may hit the planet in late October. The impact will cause devastating tsunamis, earthquakes and avalanches, says Fedorovsky. He saw the killer comet in a telescope two weeks ago. He managed to calculate the comet'’s trajectory. We got in touch with Nikolai Fedorovsky: "Just a few people are aware of the fact that comets of various sizes fly past Earth at a very close distance on a regular basis,"” says Fedorovsky. "“Those comets usually pass by unnoticed. The above circumstance is not a guarantee against disaster by any means. The Tunguska meteorite landed in the wilderness of Siberia. What if the behemoth had plunged into the center of Europe or somewhere in the ocean? "“I'’m not trying to scare anybody, I just want to warn the public,"” sums up Fedorovsky. "“We should pay attention to this suspicious celestial body. We could obtain more accurate calculations if other astronomers join forces. We could also photograph it if we'’re in luck. We will probably partake in one of the greatest events in the history of humankind,"” adds he. "“We shouldn'’t underestimate the threat poised by asteroid and comets,"” says Igor Gerasimov, deputy director of the Sternberg Astronomical Institute. "“More than a thousand meteorite showers cross Earth'’s orbit and pose a real threat to life on the planet. We'’re watching only nine showers of the above number. Those nine have several dozen objects, which may collide with Earth. The size of the objects varies. Some of them are tiny dust particles while the others have the proportions of gigantic heavenly bodies measuring up to 200 meters in diameter.'”
Are there any caves prepared? Where's Bruce Willis and his drilling team when ya need 'em! H/T: The People's Cube