Near miss? I hope so…

I’m not a fan of conspiracy theories but why have I only just heard about this massive asteroid – about 400m long – predicted to pass Earth inside the Moon’s orbit on the 8th of November?

We can rest assured there is nothing to worry about. The path of this potential harbinger of doom is well understood and highly predictable. No danger at all. This time.

More from NASA. Or Google it – news outlets have started to pick up on it.

That’s not something you see every day.

A star with spiral arms!

This is a young star, surrounded by a ‘circumstellar’ disk of dust twice the diameter of Pluto’s orbit around our Sun. The disk itself has a number of clearly visible arms, much like those we are familiar seeing in the much larger structures of galaxies.

I’m reminded of the quote attributed to J. B. S. Haldane : “the Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we¬†can¬†suppose.”

via NASA