On Feb 17, 2:36 pm, "Greg \(Strider\) Moore" <moor...@ignorethisgreenms.com> wrote: > >"DonH" wrote in message > >news:wr8Us.3759$Ow3.firstname.lastname@example.org... > > >"Robert Clark" <rgregorycl...@yahoo.com> wrote in message > >news:email@example.com... > >> I really don't like coincidences in science. Reports are asteroids > >> the size of 2012 DA14 getting this close occur about once in 30 > >> years. And meteors the size of the Russian one enter our atmosphere > >> about similar frequency. But the problem is their both occurring in > >> the same 24 hour period. If you imagine the asteroid arriving on a > >> particular day, the question to ask is what is the probability of the > >> Russian meteor arriving on that same day? Once in 30 years, and then > >> 365 days in a year, means the chance of this happening is like 1 in > >> 10,000. That's disturbingly unlikely. > >> On the other hand if this really is just coincidence, then it should > >> be kept in mind that chances this low have been quoted in regards to > >> large asteroids impacting Earth in our lifetime. > > >> Bob Clark > > ># So, is there any evidence that the meteor "pealed off" from the asteroid, > >or that there is some connection between the two - apart from coincidence > >of occurrence? > > Not really. Very different orbits. > > Just one of those cosmic wake-up calls trying to remind us that we're not as > safe as we'd like to think. > > > > -- > Greg D. Moore http://greenmountainsoftware.wordpress.com/ > CEO QuiCR: Quick, Crowdsourced Responses.http://www.quicr.net
And we're getting closer to the Sirius Oort cloud, if not already within its radii.