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Sky Fall

The big asteroid sailed past earth today. We were told no worries.. no dangers.. no damage. It may be huge, but it would be safely far enough away from earth that nothing memorable will happen..

And then this: 
A mysterious explosion that rocked Nicaragua’s crowded capital Managua, creating a large crater, appears to have been caused by a meteorite, officials said Sunday.

Amazingly, in a sprawling city of 1.2 million people, the impact near the international airport did not cause any known injuries, but it did leave a crater measuring 12 meters (39 feet) across.

“We are convinced that this was a meteorite. We have seen the crater from the impact,” said Wilfredo Strauss of the Seismic Institute.

Let’s take a breather.. and wonder.

Remember when Cherlyabinsk happened?
We were all watching the wrong part of the sky—a big close flyby that day was happening, and NASA hadn’t been tracking anything that could hit the planet.. as a matter of fact, Cherlyabinsk caught us all off guard.

And now today, apparently, it happened again. 

While we were watching New Zealand, Nicaragua’s crater happened.

I wonder, and have wondered, if some of these large objects travel in pairs, or at least have a trail of friends that come with them.

Cherlyabinsk scared me a bit, especially with how unexpected and sudden it all was.

And now today, a near miss and a slam to the planet.. all at once.

History repeats itself..

But at least this was one “small.” In the scheme of things..

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But either way, we should be a little concerned about our overall well being.

Consider this: The asteroid was discovered August 31. And we were told it would safely pass by earth. And then maybe now a piece of it broke off and hit earth—or it was traveling with a friend. 

And this is just one of the many many space rocks to worry about.

We are sitting ducks.
Hopefully we stay quacking.

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