By The Canadian Press - Friday, February 15, 2013 - 0 Comments
MONTREAL – An asteroid about half the size of a football field will brush…
MONTREAL – An asteroid about half the size of a football field will brush past Earth today and be close enough to be affected by the planet’s gravitational pull.
At an altitude of 27,600 kilometres, it will be close enough to pass inside the ring of satellites that circle the planet.
With news that a meteor fell in Russia’s Chelyabinsk region Friday, it all may sound a bit too close for comfort.
But the European Space Agency, in a post on its Twitter account, said its experts had determined there was no connection between the meteor and the asteroid.
And scientists say Canadians shouldn’t fear a collision with the giant rock, named Asteroid 2012 DA14, which is on a course that will take it over the Indian Ocean at about 2:30 p.m. EST.
By kadyomalley - Monday, October 20, 2008 at 12:55 PM - 134 Comments
Oh my goodness, y’all, it’s a good thing I got here early, because not only is the place filling up quickly – there are more than a dozen of us here already, including Colleague Wherry – but this is the premiere appearance of the newly refurbished National Press Theatre! Which – actually looks a lot like the oldly unrefurbished NPT, as it turns out, although there are two new flatscreen TVs boasting a stylized Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery logo. Other than that, the consensus is that it looks pretty much exactly the same as when we last saw it, but I’m sure the difference, though subtle, is well worth whatever we spent on it.
“If he doesn’t resign, I hope they don’t pan to me,” says one reporter; it is a sentiment shared by all. Not to mention the fact that a twist like that would instantly render this the world’s most awkward press conference. Oh, and democracy. I’m sure it would have some impact on the world outside this room, too.
It’s a bit of a first-day-at-school feeling in the audience — for a lot of journalists who were on tour, this is the first time they’ve seen the rest of us — all of the rest of us — in nearly two months. It’s nice, really. I’ve missed us.
Outside, I should mention, there is a mid-sized contingent of camera crews awaiting the arrival of the man of the hour, and shivering – or stoically refusing to shiver – in the unseasonably brisk autumn air.
Hey, it’s the president of the press gallery at the mic – that would be Richard Brennan of the Toronto Star – with bad news: the plan is for Dion to give an opening statement of “ten to twelve minutes” – and – the kicker, which does not go over at all well – is that he’s only taking four questions: two English and two French. The obligatory grumbling breaks out, but is quickly subsumed by frantic brainstorming on what to ask.