Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Ah, the 'Right' Science...

An asteroid possibly as large as a half-mile or more in diameter is rapidly approaching the Earth and will make an exceptionally close approach to our planet on July 3, passing just beyond the moon's orbit.

Skywatchers with good telescopes and some experience just might be able to get a glimpse of this cosmic rock as it streaks rapidly past our planet in the wee hours of the morning.

Clem Snopes, NASA public affairs spokesman and a part-time student at Pat Robertson's Regent University, urged Americans not to panic, saying there is little risk of a collision, given the flatness of the earth's surface.

However, Snopes also urged asteroid spectators not to stray too close to the horizon in their quest for a sighting, as Republican Party science advisors have determined there is a significant risk they will stumble off the edge of the world and fall straight into the fiery pits of hell.

To help prevent such a disaster, President Bush has mobilized National Guard units from all 50 states to string plush velvet theater ropes around the entire surface of the planet, Snopes added.



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