I don’t know about you, but I am a little concerned about the Comet ISON hitting Earth. That is because astronomers say there is no chance ISON will come anywhere near Earth.
“One thing is certain, astronomers say: There is no possibility that it will strike Earth,” says a Friday story on the New York Times Web site.
However, just a few hours before that, the scientists were saying the comet had disappeared behind the sun. And then, ISON appeared again, coming back from its trip around the sun, a little off schedule and not nearly as showy as the astronomers had expected it to be.
They had thought it would come swinging out from circumnavigating the sun and offer a shimmering show as it passed through Earth’s neighborhood. But when the time came for it to do that, nothing happened. They began to say the comet was dead, opining that it had flown a little too close to the sun and melted.
But then the scientists got a peek of it sneaking around the sun. Or, at least they think that’s what it is.
“It’s definitely maybe alive,” the story quotes Dr. Karl Battams of the Kitt National Observatory in Arizona as saying.
Let’s see now: That sounds definitely maybe as though they may not know what they’re talking about. But that’s all right. I don’t know what I’m talking about half the time myself.
But if they say there is no possibility the comet will hit Earth, I have to ask this: What makes them so sure?
They’ll certainly look like fools if the comet decides to come toward Earth and show them a thing or two by flattening Lithuania or some other country. But that probably wouldn’t stop them from wanting to have their expenses paid to go look at the crater.
“We probably maybe should take a peek at it to make sure it really is the ISON comet,” one of them might say. “Or maybe see if it isn’t.”