[FPSPACE] That female touch ...
dstdba at post4.tele.dk
Sat May 16 06:54:16 EDT 2009
In the old Soviet days women were scoring points or badges or
whatever driving their Ursus tractors across farmlands as a
first step towards securing a good harvest.
How at the same time similar and yet different to read about
the closest call in recent memory from a Tunguska-sized asteroid
in the Kentucky-based internet magazine "Bella Online - The
Voice of Women".
Discovered just over a couple of months ago PHA asteroid
2009 DD45 passed the Earth over Tahiti at barely twice
the height of geostationary satellites on March 2nd.
Bella Online's astronomy editor - Edinburgh lass Barbara
Melville - writes
Robert McNaught of the Siding Spring Observatory in Australia
discovered the object two days before it flew by.
SpaceWeather describe the object as being around 35 meters
in diameter, comparing it to a rock that entered the Earth's
atmosphere in 1908 - the Tunguska Event. On June 30th 1908,
the rock probably exploded in the sky, resulting in the
flattening of 80 million trees and the deaths of many animals.
There were probably human deaths as well, though the region
was fairly remote.
In his article The Tunguska Event--100 Years Later on the
NASA website, Dr Tony Philips writes, "At 7:17 a.m. (local
Siberia time), at a height of about 28,000 feet, the
combination of pressure and heat caused the asteroid to
fragment and annihilate itself, producing a fireball and
releasing energy equivalent to about 185 Hiroshima bombs".
However, had DD45 hit, the effects may have been different.
Well, yes, for Papeete and Evenki are somewhat different
locations indeed :-)
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