posted on Feb, 21 2013 @ 09:35 AM
I addressed this possibility on ATS Live last Saturday evening.
Most people have a very simplistic view of orbital mechanics. It is anything but simple. First of all, the whole solar system is racing through space
along with the Milky Way galaxy, which it is a part of. Then we are revolving around the center of the Milky Way in the outer tip of one of it's
Then you have the precession of the earth's orbit around the sun, as well as the changing direction of the tilt of the orbital plane due to that
precession, which could change our positional relationship to the main streams of all the meteor showers we pass through each year. All of that could
also bring us into the paths of new showers we don't yet recognize and out of the path of some others we are already in.
this is all bringing us into areas of space we have never been in, or not been in for a very long time. Think of the length of the long cycles of the
Mayan calendar based on just such relativistic motion.
With all of that going on we could be entering an area of increased asteroid, and other space debris, density which would cause an increase in the
number of strikes.
Then you have just plain dumb luck and statistical variations which could also at least partially account for the increase in visible hits.
You can also consider the fact that NASA and astronomers have only mapped about 10% of the sky and thus only 10% of the near earth orbiting objects
that could be coming at us and you can see that the whole thing is just one big roll of the dice in spite of what Albert Einstein said about God not
playing dice with the universe.