NASA announced today it has been alerted to a rogue asteroid that seems to be on a collision course with the moon.
Glenn Farly a fifteen year old amateur astronomer was plotting the movement of celestial bodies when he found a object moving across the sky he'd never seen before.
"I could account for everything else but this one object, at first I thought it was just a satellite I'd never noticed before," said Glenn so I took my data to my science teacher and he confirmed my calculations. The object is on a direct collision course with the moon.
From there we contacted NASA.
The astrophysics department was a little embarrassed that a 15 year old with a telescope in his backyard could scoop the entire scientific community on a discovery this important.
NASA is currently doing studies on the possible actions that can be taken to avert this possible catastrophe.
The Discovery Channel and educational shows do numerous shows on earth collisions with asteroids and the extinction's of the dinosaurs. But what exactly will happen when the moon is impacted by an asteroid the size of Mt Everest is anyone's guess. This has never happened as far as we know.
Martin Coogan noted astrophysicist said, studies need to be done to determine the ramifications of an event of this magnitude. Bottom line is it's going to be bad, very bad. The possibilities range from the earth going into a out of control spin off axis to water covering the entire face of the planet.
As Martin Coogan mentoned, bad...very bad.
From the desk of
Buck E Filbert
Feb 23 2007