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“Killer asteroid” and “Earth-like planet” stories always seem to congregate around one another. Ever notice that?

February 14, 2013

Anybody? Seems like anytime you see one story about an asteroid, or about finding planets, you’ll see the other story pretty quickly, too. Like somebody’s trying to tell us something. For example:

A close encounter of the rocky kind is set for Feb. 15, when an office-building-size asteroid will speed past Earth faster than a bullet and closer than some communications satellites.

That’s tomorrow, in case you want to head down to the basement. Ann Althouse wonders which office building, there being many different types and sizes in the world. Could make a difference. This story, meanwhile, says it’s “half the size of a football,” but they mean football field.

And:

The idea that a cosmic impact ended the age of dinosaurs in what is now Mexico now has fresh new support, researchers say.

earth like planet 13 light yearsBut:

Astronomers reported Wednesday that the nearest Earth-like planet may be just 13 light-years away — or some 77 trillion miles. That planet hasn’t been found yet, but should be there based on the team’s study of red dwarf stars.

A little late for tomorrow’s fly-by, but maybe not for the next one.

UPDATE - holy crap!

CHELYABINSK, Russia (Reuters) – More than 500 people were injured when a meteorite shot across the sky and exploded over central Russia on Friday, sending fireballs crashing to Earth, shattering windows and damaging buildings.

How far is that planet from here?

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