Karl Keating has fun with math

Karl Keating has fun with math February 19, 2013

Here he is, debunking the notion that the meteor in Russia should have collided with one of our 300 geosynchronous satellites and the claim that this somehow proves the Alien Conspiracy.

By the way, I’m pleased to report that when I asked my son Peter what the odds were of a major meteor strike on the exact same day an asteroid was making a close flyby of earth, he answered “Astronomical”.  My son and heir!

Happily, we were on the Ferry across the Sound at the time, and by chance, his cousin Esther bumped into the gang of Sheavings and cousins and they had a good visit.  It turned out Esther was headed somewhere else, not the party we were going to.

I had the satisfaction of telling Pete that the odds of bumping into her were “Esthernomical”.

I am so funny. So so funny!

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  • RFlaum

    It’s actually even worse than he says. Geostationary satellites have to be parked right above the Equator, so unless the meteoroid happened to have exactly the right angle, it wouldn’t have passed through geostat orbit at all and thus it would be literally impossible for it to have hit a geostat satellite.

    • RFlaum

      Just looked it up, and apparently the meteor came from the north, so it can’t possibly have intersected geostat orbit.

      • Kyle

        There is a difference between geostationary and geosynchronous orbits. Geostationary satellites do for a ring above the equator, while geosynchronous orbits form a shell around the earth.

        • RFlaum

          Right, but Keating wrote “geostationary”, not “geosynchronous”.

  • Nick

    Math for the win. It’s rare but enjoyable to see a conspiracy crushed so easily and thoroughly.

    • Sadly, conspiracies never get crushed, at least in the minds of the theorists. They are inoculated against any and all evidence, logic and proof.

  • Long period high orbit comet comes at us out of the daylight direction of the sun.

    What irks me about the attitude is the implication that nature and the environment are always stable and no surprises ever happen.


    Sometimes the old are watching jealously
    And sometimes those who have not yet been born,
    Most often though ourselves internally
    In mirrors of the mind, the inner form

    An opera, a drama or a skit,
    A comedy in which we are the clown
    Who makes the people mock the hypocrite,
    The pompous and the precious to fall down

    But God will take away the polished glass
    Which gives furtive images we know,
    We will assume a proper form and pass
    From audience and actor in a show

    To be ourselves, ourselves and only this:
    All at once the lover and his bliss

    February 19, 2013

  • enness

    Your kid is quick.

  • Saint Superman

    I keep reading this as “Karl Keating has Fun with Meth”