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The universe is a terrible place. Although there is order in galactic formation, there are millions of periodic and non-periodic comets out there. You could tell when Halley’s comet would come, but you cannot be sure of comet Hale-Bopp.
Thank Heavens for atmosphere. Thousands of earth- bound comets have perished there, leaving occasional flares and ashes to tell story. But one day, one of several wondering comets could catch us napping. Not even best scientific wonder could stop it. One passed dangerously close other day, and exited before anyone could say “Our Father!”
Planet earth may not be all-time lucky. It may have fate of Jupiter. When comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 hit it, Jupiter as not knocked out of orbit, nor was it smitten to finest particles. But two earths could comfortably fit into one of mighty wounds of Jupiter resulting from blow. And come to think of it. Only a few pieces of comet hit Jupiter!
Now, suppose Shoe-maker had hit earth?
Do not shudder at that because it may be that one Kamikaze asteroid is racing toward earth at a million times speed of light as you read this. So if we had been ducking smaller comets, we have to get set for show down. Because even before we could get our telescopes to get a closer look, killer comet would have done its worst. Time out!
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