Thursday, February 21, 2008

The Not-quite-as-big-as-it-could-have-been Bang

The idea of something really big and really fast hitting the Earth is intriguing and frightening. Intriguing because it entails a bit of "elsewhere"--material that probably originated millions of miles and billions of years away--landing in our backyard. Frightening because giant pieces of rock moving at hyperkinetic velocities tend to make big holes.

Not to mention terrible movies.

That's why it's cool to get the good without the bad. Looks like that happened Tuesday in the Pacific Northwest.

I haven't heard whether anyone's found the actual meteorite. Maybe it exploded or burned up before hitting the ground--thanks, atmosphere! Or maybe it actually delivered a race of sentient robots.

We'll see....

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