The Door into Summer

The Door Into Summer1 - Petronius The Arbiter - the cat

Having been treated to an uncharacteristic flurry of snow during a February cold snap in London, made worse by the sedentary lifestyle imposed by a coronavirus lockdown, I was looking forward to opening the door into spring. Instead, I chanced upon the trailer for The Door into Summer, a 2020 Japanese film adaptation of the …

Scent from Heaven

In blog post Scent from Heaven - an essay on the smell of meteors and meteorites and aroma of comets. Meteorite smell. Scent of a meteorite. Meteorites.

Apparently, if you smell a fresh meteorite it smells like sulphur, according to reports about the Tagish Lake meteorite and the aroma that filled the air during its fall in 2000. And the Aguas Zarcas meteorite that fell in Costa Rica in 2019 has been said to smell of compost, vanilla and Brussels sprouts, depending …

Asteroid vs Comet

Asteroid 6478 Gault with tail

Asteroid vs Comet is not the title of the latest impact disaster movie where one Solar System object battles another, but a discussion about the differences between asteroids and comets. If, however, you came here by mistake hoping actually to read about asteroid and comet impact disaster movies, try one of my other articles, where …

Asteroid Warning!

Asteroid 101955 Bennu

So there's another apocalyptic asteroid warning in the tabloid news headlines. The lead scaremongerer in the UK is the Daily Express, who started out playfully alerting us to asteroids that will skim by Earth in the coming days. It didn't take long for a war of the digital world to start warning of swarms of …