Jul 24, 2002

Am watching the news. Weather is nuts in Turkey, there's a heatwave in Moscow – and a huge asteroid may hit the Earth in 2019. It's named NT7 and if it hits, it will disrupt our atmosphere and climate for years. Feb 1 2019 is the first time the asteroid will cross our orbit. So, do we worry? Weeell... Does make me think of the Mayan calendar, which ends on the Winter Solstice 2012. Some people seem to think that this means the end of the world. Why else would the Mayans not continue their calendar? This piece of writing – unverified as it is – gives an easy-to-understand explanation (there's a reference to a rather technical astrology article). You may have heard that there's a huge cycle of about 26,000 years. The Mayans believe that cycle ends on December 21 2012. It's the end of an age, not the end of a world. Big difference.

But let me share something incredibly beautiful with you, another "gift" from outer space: Taken from the Kitt Peak Observatory, here is a stunning view of the Eagle nebula. Enjoy!