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2/20/2013 9:58:00 PM
Letter: More wonders in heaven and earth


Recent celestial events brought out some interesting comments from our fellow earthlings. Many people thought the asteroid 2012AD14 and the meteor that exploded over Russia were somehow related. Many asked, "What are the odds?" Well, it happens, and it happens a lot.

On Nov. 30, 1982, a meteor crashed through the roof of a home in Wethersfield, Conn. No one was hurt but some furniture was destroyed. Eleven years earlier, in April of 1971, a meteor impacted a house in... Wethersfield, Conn., just over a mile from the second house.

The asteroid 2012AD14 and the Russian meteor were not related to each other, just a cosmic coincidence. Meteors slam into our atmosphere every second of every day and rain down meteoric dust by the ton every year. Occasionally they make it to the ground (called meteorites) and a lucky few of us may even find their remains.

What surprises me is the fear that seemed to surface from these events. This is the 21st century. Isn't this kind of thing common knowledge? People by nature fear the things they do not understand. The more we know, the less frightened we are about anything. That's one of the fun things about being human - we can read and educate ourselves.

How many of us take time to look up at night? I'm often seen outside at night watching the ISS fly overhead. Heaven only knows what my neigh-bors think I'm doing.

We live in a spectacular location, far from the pollution of light and air, and enjoy one of nature's greatest gifts.

The next best meteor shower is Aug. 12 - the Perseids. Enjoy it while we still can, before it's too late!

Keep watching the sky.

Kevin Rawls

Prescott Valley

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, February 22, 2013
Article comment by: Ride The Wind

@Ryan Jensen-another ignorant comment added to your other ignorant comments. Good day!

Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2013
Article comment by: @ Ryan Jensen

Thank you for your though provoking comment.

Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2013
Article comment by: Yes !

I also love sky watching. Have dragged my kids out in the middle of the freezing night to watch meteor storms. They are the best entertainment one can find on the planet, so amazing!!

Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2013
Article comment by: Stop Already

The fears that surface, Mr. Rawls, is that the 21st century mentality is too busy checking their cell phones, ipads, or texting and wouldn't think of looking up for a change. They wouldn't notice if a dinosaur was in front of them.

Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2013
Article comment by: Ryan Jensen

The good folks of Prescott who fear meteors and the like do so because they know they can't shoot it with one of their many, many, many guns.

Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2013
Article comment by: James Madison

Yes, please do. Keep watching. It's coming.

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