Another Close Call

Astronomers spotted an asteroid this week after it had flown past Earth on a course that took it so close to the planet it was below the orbits of some satellites.

The space rock was relatively small, however, and would not have posed any danger had it plunged into the atmosphere.

The object, named 2004 YD5, was about 16 feet (5 meters) wide, though that’s a rough estimate based on its distance and assumed reflectivity. Had it entered the atmosphere, it would have exploded high up, experts figure.

It never ceases to amaze me how often I read this story.  We discover something after it passes.  Granted this one wasn’t very big, but some have.

We need to spend more efforts on near Earth objects and less on worrying what youthful galaxies are made of.  The problem with science in general right now is they keep asking for more money on everything while not giving up any on projects that don’t yield any real return.  Bush is promising to tighten the purse strings, the science community needs to prioritize, not just just blanket requesting everything.

#1 priority in my opinion is the safety of Earth.