We are entering an area of our galaxy densely populated by asteroids and other space rocks.

You might have noticed the recent increasing in reporting of space rocks that will pass very close to our planet. Well the reason of this is that the Sun travels at the incredible speed of 828,000 km/h dragging us with it every day in a new place, almost 20.000.000 km apart from yesterday. Check this.

So what are the odds that we enter different areas of the galaxy with different characteristics? This time is about lots of rocks.

Check for yourself the number of news about asteroids in the news, lately:

Asteroids Articles on Google News

Ok, but what do we need to understand from this?

First of all our planet never passes twice from the same spot in one person lifetime, because of this. This translates into “we are travelling at enormous speed in an uncharted space, towards the infinite and the unknown”. This concept probably requires some guts.

Second: there are opportunities out there, we could get a hint on the history of this part of the galaxy, why all these rocks are freely floating in space without being attracted by large objects as stars and planets. Why this concentration in this place? what happened here?

Third: is there any reason of concern?
Well yes, there actually are a couple of hints that don’t sound so good.

As first you can see from many of the articles i’ve mentioned before, that we are never exactly sure about whether or not an object could strike here until it’s close enough for being too late. And no, weapons deployed in space (see Strategic Defense Initiative-SDI) are facing down and are not suitable for traveling in space.

Secondly: it happened already, many times too. We know that large craters left by a meteorite impacts were found in many places of the world, and many have probably been canceled by elements, just to get a more realistic idea, let’s take a look to the Moon, Mars and their craters: the moon in particular does not have atmosphere, so nothing is deleting those craters, except new ones. You can assume that earth hasn’t been so very much different than those.

Why is it so hard to deal with this?
Because our perception is not in tune with this magnitude of distances and time. We are not trained at doing this kind of reasoning because we are doing other things, we are investing in different things like capitalism.

 
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Author: Giuseppe Urso

Giuseppe lives in Haarlem now with his shiny dog, Filippa In 1982 received his first home computer, a Commodore 64, followed by Datasette and a 1541 Floppy Disk Drive. In 1999 he installed his first Linux distro (LRH6). In 2006 he switched to Debian as favourite OS. Giuseppe Urso actively sustains the Free Software Fundation and his founder Richard Mattew Stallman, he speaks to people trying to convince them to join the fight now, and about how important is to use Free Software only. He has a job as Infra Specialist at Hippo Enterprise Java Cms an Open Source Enterprise class Content Management System, one of the coolest company ever, in Amsterdam. He's always ready to install Debian on other people computers for free.

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