This is one of my favourite blogs… one I wrote over a year ago and one that has subsequently been lost in the long list of blogs written since. It deserves to be aired much like one’s dirty underwear. Enjoy!
If you’ve seen the movies Deep Impact, Armageddon, Asteroid or The Land Before Time, chances are you’ve entertained the idea: what would I do if a meteor was on a collision course with Earth? What would happen? Would NASA send out a space shuttle to intercept the galactic gate-crasher? Could Iran be coaxed into donating its alleged caches of nuclear warheads to the task of obliterating the Earth-bound asteroid? What’s the post-apocalyptic weather like? Will you need to pack an extra jersey?
All of these are important questions. But not all meteorite strikes need to result in global catastrophe, although the dinosaurs would beg to differ. Some are actually responsible for sculpting some of the most beautiful landscapes and fascinating geological features here on our planet and on every planet.
Meteors, Meteorites, Meteoroids, Asteroids, Comets, Shooting Stars… What’s the Difference?
There are more names for space-travelling rocks…
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