We just got word that last Saturday that astronomers discovered a new asteroid. This would not normally be news to many of us except for the fact that it just missed our planet by a few thousand miles, which in astronomical terms is about the same as a close haircut!
Yup, we discovered it as it went whizzing by us!
Everybody look up and wave as it goes by folks!
MEANWHILE: Ya might have wondered at some time in the past just what a comet or asteroid smells like:
Rotten eggs, cat urine, bitter almonds—that’s the delightful elixir of aromas comprising the BO of one comet 67P, also known as Rosetta’s comet. In a heartrendingly nerdy yet mildly alarming development, members of the Rosetta mission team have commissioned scent firm The Aroma Company to turn it into a perfume.
Yes, you heard that correctly. The deathly stank of comet 67P, inspired by the hydrogen sulfide, ammonia, and hydrogen cyanide Rosetta’s Philae lander sniffed before swiftly dying on the space rock’s surface (and now we know why) is finally an eau de toilette. Colin Snodgrass, the scientist behind the harebrained scheme, plans to impregnate postcards with the scent and ship them to the far corners of the Earth so that all humans can begin to appreciate just how terrible their solar system smells.