Deep Impact Won't Spoil Memorial Day Weekend!
I am fascinated by movies that depict the end of the world or disasters. Deep Impact, Armageddon, The Stand, Independence Day, Earthquake, and Dante's Peak are just a few examples. These movies are an opportunity for us to safely observe the worst. We can sit there and cringe, cry, and sit on the edge of the seat, knowing at the end of the movie, we can go back to our normal lives.
While watching these movies, we get the opportunity to observe the best and worst in people. We get to see the heros: the ones who help hold people together, who make the inspiring speeches, who save people by cajoling them, encouraging them, yelling at them if necessary. We also get to see the ones who hide under their desk, who run screaming into the night, who put themselves first, and who throw their hands up in despair. We get to think about how we would act/react. I hope I can follow in the footsteps of Tea Leoni Bruce Willis, Gary Sinise, Bill Pulman, Charlton Heston, and Pierce Brosnan. But we don't ever know until we are in that situation.
Hubble Telescope has taken pictures of a fragmenting comet. The bad news is these fragments will pass 'near' earth. But the good news, is that near is about 5 million miles away! So, we won't be having a Deep Impact scenario playing itself out for us next month, but there will be some interesting space events to watch! Read here for the rest of the story.