Chris McKitterick (mckitterick) wrote,
Chris McKitterick

Astro-image of the day: Mars faces destruction!

Gosh: I step away from LJ for a few days and look what happens - blogomania! Let this be a lesson: No more week-long haitui.

This just in: Mars faces impending doom! Asteroid 2007 WD5 might well crash into the Red Planet on January 30, 2008.

Click the image to see the story.

Enjoy Mars now while you can, folks! It's at its closest approach for about a decade, looks gorgeous in a telescope... and you might never have the chance to see it in its complete, spherical form again. Okay, I'm exaggerating a bit with the whole doom thing, but Mars will likely get a serious facelift if hit by this little asteroid: NASA scientists calculate that it could create a half-mile-wide crater and blast into being the mother of all dust storms.

Any guesses what I'll be doing on January 30?

Tags: astronomy
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