I just read an article online about how scientists have their collective eye on a 460-foot-diameter asteroid that has an estimated 1 in 625 chance of striking the earth on February 5th, 2040. Oddly enough, this wasn’t news to me because I’ve been watching Stephen Hawking’s Into the Universe. If I’m remembering it right, the asteroid gets a mention (and a short dramatization) in the episode “The Story of Everything.”
Despite Professor Hawking’s difference of opinion with Salvo (who are we to differ, but differ we do) that there is in fact a designer that actually designed the grand design of the universe, I recommend the show. It has a very high production value, explores fascinating questions about the universe, and uses fun examples to help explain some of the concepts, a lot of which involve footage of fast cars and references to iconic beauties (like meeting Marilyn Monroe in the past and the Miss Universe of the future).
In fact, the visuals of the universe’s story are all so awe inspiring and strange and beautiful that it’s not hard at all to watch it and still be skeptical of the explanation of randomness + nothing. For example, after going through just how remarkable and improbable our universe is, Professor Hawking goes on to say that it’s not really so unlikely because what if there are billions of other universes popping up all the time?! I’m exaggerating here, but only a little. Regardless, you should watch “Into the Universe.” It’s a good show.
And don’t panic yet about that asteroid. The article mentioned that scientists need to witness its orbit a few times before they can really know.