Did you know Brian May of the 70’s and 80’s supergroup Queen is a doctor of astrophysics?
Brian Harold May, (born 19 July 1947) is an English musician, singer, songwriter and astrophysicist, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen.
It’s been a hell of a year for sci-fi, but the wildest stories are the ones that exist in our reality. Queen guitarist Brian May, a doctor in the impossibly complex field of astrophysics, has been fighting the good fight of asteroid awareness. It’s often easy to be oblivious to the fact that we could all be mercifully annihilated by unfeeling space rocks at any moment, with no paternally gruff oil rig workers to save us if the occasion arises. May has sought to change that with Asteroid Day, a project he and several other very smart people have been devising over the last few years to make sure we as humans never forget that we are at the mercy of gravitational forces. And it’s UN-approved, too, as of today.
According to the official site, Asteroid Day is held on June 30th each year, “the anniversary of the largest impact in recent history, the 1908 Tunguska event in Siberia.” While it could be argued that there are government-altering hacker groups are to be worried about in Siberia instead of potential meteorite impacts, Peter Gabriel and Bill Nye are on board with Asteroid Day, so that counts for something.
Florence is one to be aware of since it is the biggest to pass this close since NASA started keeping track and since it will be passing us tomorrow, September 1st, 2017. Sorry for the short notice. Brian May forgot to call me and I had to find out in another way. 😉
Labor Day weekend is set to get off to a stellar start when a 2.7-mile-wide asteroid has a “relatively close encounter” with Earth on Friday, Sept. 1, according to NASA officials, The Daily Mail reported Friday.
The asteroid, named Florence, will be the largest to pass this close to Earth since NASA began keeping track of near-Earth objects (NEO). Its trajectory will place it 4.4 million miles from the planet, roughly 18 times the distance between Earth and the moon.
“While many known asteroids have passed by closer to Earth than Florence will on Sept. 1, all of those were estimated to be smaller,” said Paul Chodas, manager of NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Near-Earth objects make passes by our planet on a fairly regular basis, but the space rock that’s going to cruise by on September 1st is a real goliath. Named Florence, the massive asteroid is thought to be the largest object to make such a close approach to Earth since NASA decided to start keeping records for that sort of thing. The good news is that scientists don’t believe it poses much of a threat — at least this time around.
Taken by michael jäger on August 29, 2017 @ Weißenkirchen Austria. UT 20.15 50x15sec 12/4 Newton and CCD. Spaceweather.com
There’s no way with admitted technology that we can make it out to Florence to have a look, but I wonder if we have secret technology that will investigate.
More than investigating, mining space rocks for precious minerals (probably with space drones) is the next big gold rush. That’s what I’d be doing if I had a UFO capable of taking ET home as a MUFON director once said.
MUFON International Director Jan Harzan talks to me about his personal experience with fellow alumnus Ben Rich, former President and CEO of the Lockheed Skunkworks. “We now have the technology to take ET home.” This a must see for anyone who doesn’t think faster-than-light travel is possible, or harbors any doubt that we don’t already know how to do it. Of course, for Mr. Shermer and the other paid, propaganda ministers at “Skeptic” Magazine, it IS just a story…right?
You can look up asteroids here: https://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi
Look up 3122 Florence or 1981 ET3.
I could find little to nothing about the composition of Florence, but astroids are often composed of plenty of precious metals.
These include gold, iridium, silver, osmium, palladium, platinum, rhenium, rhodium, ruthenium and tungsten for transport back to Earth; iron, cobalt, manganese, molybdenum, nickel, aluminium, and titanium for construction; water and oxygen to sustain astronauts; as well as hydrogen, ammonia, and oxygen for use as rocket propellant.
Do you think they are up there mining Florence right now?