PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
James Francis
 
Comments: 18
Article views: 294
 
 
Latest Badges:


 
View all James Francis's badges.
 

Apocalypse Whenever

19 February 2013, 10:02
Mayan calendars, Raptures, Justin Bieber smoking weed... we have plenty of predictions trying to nail down the end of civilization. Yet all those crystal balls and Adventist pondering missed the near-miss of last week when a meteorite lit up part of Russia’s skies. This is serious - our doomsayers do not seem to be up to scratch.

Last week’s close shave with a meteorite caused quite a bit of excitement. Apparently a few of these rocks join our planet every year, but we rarely capture them on video. Yet look at the numbers and you’ll notice that we dodged a cosmic bullet. Not a big bullet - more like something out of an airgun. As far as Space is concerned, this meteorite was a playful wad of spit-covered paper launched from a straw. No biggie. But let’s put this in perspective: that ‘no biggie’ was a ten-ton rock moving at 44 times the speed of sound.

Now had that super-super-supersonic rock taken a more direct course downwards, it could have struck with the force of several Hiroshima-level atomic bombs - at least, that is what the Internet tells me. The scary thing - that is still a cosmic ‘no biggie’. The asteroid that sauntered past our planet last week? It apparently weighs 130,000 tons. That is massive. And yet again in space terms, if this were a school, it would be just un-scrawny enough to be chosen to the playground football team. It’s not the rock everyone picks on, but it’ll never pretend to be a jock.

We should digest this for a minute. There is no end to doomsayers and predictions of Armageddon. Many believe it will be through a divine force. And quite a few think it can be predicted, be it through a holy book or some ancient calendar. Yet last weekend we got a front-seat preview of the very least the universe can throw at us when it feels playful, spontaneous and doesn’t intend to harm... much. Even when the universe doesn’t mean business, it can still translate into death from above. That is the thickness of the tether that keeps us in this realm of existence.

This isn’t a call for more stations monitoring for big rocks out there. Those would be nice, but if you think we have anything that can stop an asteroid... well, you’re better off trusting that ancient calendar. We’re as exposed as a man mooning an avalanche. So let’s take the meteorite’s lesson to heart: when it comes to the end, you probably won’t see it coming. And if you do, at least have the class to play that Doors song. When all else fails, go out in style...

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
18 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
SPONSORED CONTENT
5 crucial questions to ask before you take that job 2014-10-30 08:00

You choose your employer just as much as they choose you. Here are 5 of the most important things you should find out about a company before you sign up.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Merry Martin
Theists, please stop explaining!

SilverBack wrote a series of rebuttal articles recently, and one of the issues he raised was the scene where God instructs Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, only to rescind that instruction at the last minute.  Read more...

275 comments 2005 views
Submitted by
MyNews24 delay

We have been receiving your photos and stories but at the moment we're experiencing technical difficulties and are unable to publish them. But there is a way to get heard. Read more.  Read more...

0 comments 351 views
Submitted by
Luthando Taitai
Let's appreciate them while they ...

There is a tendency of only showing appreciation of someone when they are gone, how many people go to bed everyday deprived this important token. Read more...

1 comments 491 views
Submitted by
Joe Johnson789
Celebrity deaths bring violent cr...

The eyes of the world were on South Africa for about ten months the trial of Oscar Pistorius lasted. It was reported as one of the most watched media events in recent history. Read more...

9 comments 989 views
Submitted by
Manny Obi-Wan Meyer
The pleasure of finding things ou...

I have often wondered how the events of my past have structured my life in the present, my various skills and propensities, my way of reflecting upon the world at large. Read more...

12 comments 705 views
Submitted by
capetowndoll
God is tangible

I am writing this to let every atheist know what happened to me when I was deeply concerned about my mother. Read more...

429 comments 5036 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to R2100 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

Toys 4 for the price of 3

Buy 4 toys and get the cheapest FREE! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Mind blowing deals on electronics!

Save up to 35% on electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Hot offer: Up to 50% off irons

Save up to 50% on all Philips irons. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2014 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.