Monday, February 4, 2008

Star Dust Bunnies

I read something very educational and had to share this with you:

At least one astrophysicist says planets are formed in the same manner as dust bunnies that form underneath your bed. Check out this quote from a article by Robert Roy Britt. Rocky planets like Earth are thought to form when dust motes around a nascent star gather to form rocks. Rocks collide, and some stick and grow. "The dust bunnies under your bed grow in a similar way," said Scott Kenyon, a planet-formation theorist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. "And after a million years, a dust bunny can get pretty big."

So if the dust particles beneath your bed have collided, stuck together and started to grow, don't worry about it. You're not a bad housekeeper. You're conducting a scientific experiment. Just a suggestion: Don't wait a million years before you clean. Asteroids tend to clog the vacuum hose.

I have been known to say "Dust is a four letter word. If you write in it, you clean it up." I am going to get my vacuum out before I yell at my children for hiding unidentifiable objects under their beds!