Near Miss

This appeared in my situation update this morning:

Asteroid 2018 CB Close Approach

  • Asteroid 2018 CB will safely pass earth at a distance of about 39,000 miles (less than one-fifth the distance of earth to the moon) today at around 5:30 p.m. EST
  • 2018 CB is estimated to be between 50 and 130 feet in diameter (for reference this is larger than the asteroid that entered the atmosphere over Chelyabinsk, Russia in 2013)
  • Asteroids of this size approach this close to our planet maybe only once or twice a year
  • This is a 0 on the Torino scale

The Torino Scale is a method for categorizing the impact hazard associated with near-Earth objects (NEOs) such as asteroids and comets. – Wikipedia

Asteroid 2018 CB

Since it’s well past the appointed hour, it looks like the astronomers were right, but one day some pool-playing cosmic entity is going to use Earth to spin a shot into the corner pocket and then…

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