Holy Hit!

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!

Why? Because Science.

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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Author: Thea Beckman

Domain Eukarya, kingdom Animalia (Metazoa), phylum Chordata, class Mammalia, order Primates, family Hominidae, genus Homo, species Homo sapiens, subspecies Homo sapiens sapiens... essentially. I have a Master's Degree in Atmospheric science, which doesn't entitle me to be generous with my opinion, but my sense of self importance does! I love writing, I love science, I love reading, but I'm not nuts about long walks on the beach. Short to medium walks are preferable. This is my blog and I have something important to say: https://whybecausescience.wordpress.com/

3 thoughts on “Holy Hit!”

  1. Refreshing to read again. When I was a student, all those decades ago, the Vredefort Dome wasn’t tagged as an impact zone and I wondered about it at the time. Looking at its cross-section it’s hard to think of any other explanation. Earth Science has made great strides since then!

  2. Great read! I briefly caught part of an educational show on the idiot box about a hit in upper South America. Scientists we’re noticing sink holes in a circular pattern.. forgive me, I’m reading this on my phone with no references avail… 😦 But, very interesting theories going on about how the sinkholes were formed. Thanks again for your interesting posts!!

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