Bad news for the Martian dinosaurs...
January 7, 2008 7:28 PM Subscribe
posted by math (37 comments total)
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There's a slight chance that an asteroid could impact Mars
at the end of this month. Usually, collisions between heavenly bodies have vanishingly small odds (a million to one, say), but the chances on this one have been steadily improving, from 350-to-1 to 75-to-1 to 25-to-1
(link to Washington Post). Scientists say that this could be comprable to the famous Tunguska blast
in Siberia a hundred years ago (not to be confused with this other Tunguska blast
Sadly, this event would not be visible to the naked eye. However, Mars itself is just past opposition right now, which means it's rising in the east just as the sun sets, and shines brilliantly throughout the night. And who knows? Maybe if the asteroid hits the hidden Martian nuclear weapons base, we could get a really spectacular explosion!