Thought for the month
“To know yet to think that one does not know is best; Not to know yet to think that one knows will lead to difficulty.” Lao Tzu, philosopher (6th century BCE).
Friday, 8 March 2013
Paint your asteroid
Last month was quite worrying with a meteor striking the earth and an asteroid passing close by. Not everyday events but potentially very life changing. One new idea from Texas A&M University to deflect earth bound asteroids involves using paint. It is all due to the Yarkovsky effect, a force, on a body in space caused by the anisotropic emission of thermal photons that carry momentum. Apparently spraying dry paint powder onto a spinning asteroid could generate unequal heating effects with the photons imparting sufficient momentum to cause the asteroid to change course. Bruce Willis is on call if Plan B is required.
Labels: RTA Newsletter March 2013