Recent Near-Earth Misses Reinforce Dr. William Colom’s Love for Astronomy
Dr. William Colom is an amateur astronomer and is fascinated with stars and objects in space. He owns his own telescope that he uses to look for space objects visible from earth.
NEW LONDON, Conn., July 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — For centuries, people have been fascinated by the stars and exactly what they mean for us on earth. Dr. William Colom has joined a millennia-long tradition of stargazing to look for answers about ‘what lies beyond the earth.’ The advantage Dr. William Colom holds over people thousands, or even hundreds of years ago, is his ability to optimize modern science. Using advanced science, Dr. William Colom can see beyond what is visible to the naked eye.
As recently as 2012, the lesson about the importance of space was learned all over again. In this case, the lesson was demonstrated by what was deemed a near-miss – an astroid that came close to hitting our planet. Even amateur astronomers like Dr. William Colom were taken by surprise, and people who do not stargaze at all were shocked. The 2012 asteroid passed closer to our planet than the moon, yet it was detected only about two weeks before its appearance, according to The Daily Mail.
Dr. William Colom was one of many amateur astronomers who were not surprised such an object was missed by organizations and programs funded to search for such objects. Again in 2013, news of near-earth asteroids and meteors captured the interest of Dr. William Colom, astronomy enthusiasts, and scientists alike.
Dr. William Colom was amazed, as we all were, when headlines broke about the meteor blast that occurred over Russia in February 15, 2013. “It was fantastic to see the video of the fireball and all the debris caused by the blast,” says Dr. William Colom. It reinforced his personal interest as an amateur astronomer but also sparked national talks about how such a meteor could be missed and the damage of any future meteor strikes.
In April of 2013, another asteroid came in close range to earth. This asteroid, named 2012 DA14, was discovered not by large space observatories, but rather by amateur astronomers in Spain, according to NBC news. Dr. William Colom sees this as a benefit and a reason to study the night skies.
According to NBC news, had the asteroid hit earth, “the asteroid’s impact could have been enough to wipe out the entirety of New York City, plus a good chunk of its suburbs.” This amateur-found asteroid could have inflicted considerably more damage than what occurred in Russia.
Dr. William Colom enjoys observing stars and other space objects with his own telescope. He also expresses his interest by attending observatory programs at Mystic Seaport and local observatories. “There are different exhibits at the observatories and programs change throughout the year,” says Dr. William Colom.
Historically, stars were used as tools for navigation. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center’s ‘Ask an Astrophysicist’ explains that civilizations with advanced astronomy could use the star positioning not only for travel, but also to establish calendars by finding patterns. While these were important developments in the past, today’s stargazers like Dr. William Colom do so for fun. His own work as an amateur astronomer is simply for personal interest.
About: Dr. William Colom uses his personal telescope to stargaze and watches planets and other space objects. Every new breakthrough in astronomy furthers his personal interest in astronomy.
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