Asteroids and Uncertainty
My Rhetorical Sources essay addresses the impact uncertainty in science can have on the media and the public. However, I chose to critique a source that uses the examples of asteroids and the uncertainty of calculating specific orbital routes. While I was writing my essay, I stumbled upon a blog called “Bad Astronomy”. One post in particular caught my attention. Apparently, tomorrow a 400m wide asteroid is going to soar past the earth at a distance closer than the moon. While this may actually be something to be worried about, fear not! The only way any asteroid can possibly leave any damage – and I mean ANY – is if it enters our atmosphere. The blog post also touches on the way people have been freaking out and making absurd correlations between asteroids and earthquakes. Its a good read!