With everything that has happened to my wife and I lately, humanity and mortality have become to be a part of my life. We are no longer immortal, time is becoming precious.

Which brings me to a post from Open Culture on a documentary about an 81-year old media professor and his voyage to Burning Man.

I’ve been intrigued by Burning Man for quite some time. The expression of freedom and humanity is fascinating, especially in the echo chamber I seem to find myself in these days. We should all be so lucky. Burning Man is on my bucket list.

Watch and enjoy.

 

While we are talking about meteors, asteroids and other near-Earth objects that can kill us from space, here is a quick guide to knowing the difference between the technical terms for each.

  • Comets: composed of ice, rock and organic material that has a characteristic tail when warmed by the sun, and likely formed in the cold, outer regions of the solar system, like the Kuiper Belt or Oort Cloud.
  • Asteroid: composed of rock or metal, likely created in the warmer, inner solar system, such as the asteroid belt, between Mars and Jupiter.

Meteors, Meteroids, and Meteorites

All are smaller parts of asteroids or comets. The difference is dependent on its physical presence in relation to Earth:

Meteroids: The smaller bits or pieces that broke off comets or asteroids in space.

Meteors: a meteroid that has entered the Earths atmosphere, ignites and has a streak of light like a shooting star.

Meteorite: a meteroid or pieces of a meteor that makes it to the Earth’s surface without burning completely up.