The Plastic Hippo

January 16, 2017

Asteroid

Filed under: Fiction,Politics,Science,World — theplastichippo @ 1:59 am
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Incoming

Incoming

After a journey of trillions of miles taking thousands of light years, on Saturday 15th January 2017 an object about the size of a sofa originating in the Kuiper belt far beyond the orbit of the planet Neptune approached Earth at great speed.

Coming into existence during the formation of the solar system, about 4.5 billion years ago, the small lump of rock originally ejected during the Jovian disruption of the then protoplanet that would become Jupiter, fell into an elliptical orbit around the sun travelling out far beyond the orbit of Pluto. The object slowed down as it approached the outer edge of the solar system only to accelerate as it returned toward the sun. Each long orbit over unimaginable periods of time brought the rock closer and closer to Earth. Now travelling at a velocity approaching the speed of light, a collision would result in serious repercussions for life on the planet.

Although considerable smaller than the asteroid strike that led to the annihilation of the dinosaurs, any impact would cause significant damage. The rock entered Earth`s atmosphere heading east just before dawn over Alaska. It was vaporised in about two and a half seconds observed only by a moose with insomnia. Too small to be given a name, the asteroid tried vainly for 4.5 billion years to make a contact. It missed the Earth, it missed North America, it missed New York City, it missed Central Park and it missed Trump Tower.

Sadly, it also missed the opportunity to make these two dinosaurs extinct. Still…there will be another one along shortly.

Raptors

Raptors

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