Saturday, March 31, 2007

Danger From Space

One imagines a spry 117 year old Lovecraft with his electronic telescope watching asteroids whiz by the earth. Finally, the old guy got to be an astronomer.

Last night the very same asteroid zoomed past Earth. The flyby gave astronomers an opportunity to study a near-Earth asteroid at close range; 2006 VV2 was only 2 million miles away - while amateur astronomers watched it race through the stars of the constellation Leo.
HPL reminds us in his stories that we are just bibedal dust mites clinging to an ephemeral moment on the thin skin of a tiny planet around a backwater star. Chrispy suggests that instead of shooting each other, we might want to cling to the fantastic life we have and help one another.

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