An Asteroid Ruined My Kite

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Dana Zemack has been making stick figure comics since she was 12. This week, she made one just for us.

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This past Tuesday evening, a plane-size asteroid flew by, around 202,000 miles from the surface of the earth. Do you know the last time an asteroid that big came that close to us? 1976. According to the New York Times, scientists have known about it for six years. Six years? If I had been properly notified of this I would have flown my kite on Wednesday or sometime during the nineties.

See the full article, including a pic of the very asteroid that ruined my Tuesday, here.

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See all of Dana's stick figures at danavore.tumblr.com.

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As someone who studies the flying rocks (I work on asteroids and comets), I have to say that 2008 TC3 was way cooler. Found by astronomers less than 24 hours before entering the atmosphere, and we were able to use Earth observing data to see it enter the atmosphere and create a search grid for the folks looking for fragments in the Sudan. And now that we can analyse the samples, we know it was carbon rich and contained amino acids (little did you know that there are lots of amino acids in space, we even see them in stellar molecular clouds!)