…the Moon will be new on July 3 and will not interfere significantly with such observations. Moreover, the possibility of enhanced daylight fireballs and significant airbursts should be anticipated during that time.
Usually, when people have a profound planetary threat self-reveled, as Boslough clearly has, there is some moral impulse to “Repent.” I don’t know if The Bos at AGU\DC last week had a sandwich board slung around his neck saying, “Sorry I ignored the Brits for my entire career, and implied their co-authors are criminal frauds.” But I think probably not.
As has been repeated on this blog, the Tusk aspires to reveal the past — not warn of the future. What I mean by this is that I think the best contribution of data that can be made in support of “planetary protection” (sheesh, I cringe just to use that cheap term) is knowing for damn certain the nature and frequency of impacts occurring in the human past.
That’s why the #1 priority here is not pleading to fund exotic governmental space craft to mitigate or define the future threat, or even Bos’ worthy but late-coming plea to take a peek at the Taurids on a dark night.
From a cost benefit standpoint, funding the proper investigation of archaeological soils for impact proxies is a relative winner and the very best first step. It is an ingenious interdisciplinary “hack” devised by Allen West, against whom The Bos’ has fervently stirred suspicions of fraud and misconduct for nearly a decade.
Who would you want hear from over cocktails on the subject of the Taurid stream? The gentleman hosting the party for fifty years, or the dude that just snuck in the backdoor an hour late with a six pack?
As I said, this is all a bit daunting for the Tusk. What public accounting can be expected of The Bos’ profoundly anti-science behavior, when open-minded professional reporters at the Washing Post like Joel Achenbach fall for his stunt, unaware of his anti-science background? And give him uncritical coverage with regard to a subject The Bos long trashed?
I guess I will just do my best, from my pajamas of course. I have already begun assembling a summary of Bosloughthian hypocrisy with regard to threats from comets, and other proof he is only now beginning to milk a subject he long dismissed and damaged.
“The YDB impact hypothesis of Firestone et al. (2007) is so extremely improbable it can be considered statistically impossible in addition to being physically impossible. Comets make up only about 1% of the population of Earth-crossing objects. Broken comets are a vanishingly small fraction, and only exist as Earth-sized clusters for a very short period of time.”
~The Bos, Geol. Soc. America annual meeting (21-23 Nov 2010), Denver.