Today, you are a member of…A Brilliant Misnomer of Potential Danger

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Did you know, Members, that this week you can be both dazzled and baffled by the Perseids Meteor Shower?  This display of atmospheric interstellar combustion doesn’t involved the Perseids however. To  human eyeballs the activity seems to emanate from the Perseids, but really its a stream of debris left by the Swift-Tuttle Comet in its orbit around the sun that is roughly 1 per every 11 Jupiter orbits. And though its space junk is a damn fine display of star-gazing brilliance, there is a statistical likelihood that Swift-Tuttle will actually run right into the earth sometime after 4479 to a magnitude of 27 times that of the impact that created the Chicxulub Crater and took out the dinosaurs. Point is, this week enjoy things, even if misnamed. And, when cleared-eye about potential impacts, use the intervening millennia to do the research on alternative outcomes.

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