The near-Earth asteroid 4179 Toutatis, which is about 3 miles wide, was within 4.3 million miles of Earth during its closest approach this morning (December 12, 2012).
Deflector shields up!
No disrespect to Toutatis, the great Celtic god and tribal protector, but “4179 Toutatis” is a bit of a strange name and no one knows how to spell it.
So, I called NASA to make a few suggestions for re-naming the rock…
#5. “Toutatis style”. ala Psy.
#4. “Santa-roid”. It’s December, Santa will fly around the world, it’s an asteroid.
#3. “Prep H”. Oh, wait did I say asteroids? Never-mind.
#2. “The Rouge Reindeer”. Like a crazed reindeer, likely Comet has enough of all the sled pulling and decides to make a break for it two weeks before the big night.
#1. “Toutatis, Boo-bot-us, Do-dot-us, Moo-mot-us”. That very, very secret Harry Potter spell from Spacewarts.
Any other suggestions? Please comment below and I’ll see all suggestions are submitted to NASA…