UPDATE: NASA starts broadcasting at 1:00 CST. They are showing images now though … here is the link: http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl2
If anyone has read much about or by Mark Twain, you know what a character he was! Well, this NASA news made me think of one of his more colorful quotes and what he might have said about this event!
Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she laid an asteroid. ~ Mark Twain
We keep hearing about Asteroids hitting earth … but this week we have a twist to this common storyline! No, hens are NOT laying asteroids, and No, an asteroid is not going to hit Earth (that I know of). But something almost as spectacular is going to take place. NASA is going to broadcast a live or near-live image of a near-Earth flyby of an Asteroid!! “Near Earth” is relative of course, it’s still 17,200 miles away. The half-hour broadcast from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., will incorporate real-time animation to show the location of the asteroid in relation to Earth, along with real-time or near real-time views of the asteroid from observatories in Australia, weather permitting. Here is a link to NASA with more information about this asteroid, NASA’s schedule and how to watch! We will be watching here at Live and Learn Farm! http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2013/13feb_asteroidcoverage/