The Mayans are so 2012. Time to crank up the Apocalypse Anxiety Meter for 2013, since an asteroid about half the size of a football field will fly extremely close (relatively speaking) to Earth – and on Feb. 15th! Enjoy that last Valentine’s Day…
“This is a record-setting close approach,” says Don Yeomans of NASA’s Near Earth Object Program. (Yes, there is such a thing.) “Since regular sky surveys began in the 1990s, we’ve never seen an object this big get so close to Earth.”
Of course NASA adds that there’s no danger of a collision, but these are the guys who faked the Moon landing, so take it for what it’s worth. Either way, they have a cool video simulation.
President Obama pushes immigration reform, but doesn’t mention provisions for reuniting gay and lesbian couples – a potential dealbreaker for the Catholic bishops and some other religious backers of reform.
San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone says Catholics shouldn’t use words like “gay” or “lesbian,” but he may regret comparing gay marriage to male lactation.
Read the rest of the roundup – featuring sports fandom and faith, a bit about the Mormons and even Twinkies.