Is there a Mysterious Stranger who can make me starry-eyed again?

So, I’ve once again registered a profile at a dating site. (Registered, not done the work on the profile. I’m lazy, one step at a time, ok, I do have a job too, you know)!

Why do I intend to tread down the stairs into the potential Dante’s Inferno that is the modern day dating site, all over again?

The answer is simple:

One little, huge, gamma ray burst, even from all the way on the other side of the Milky Way, could easily destroy all life on Earth, if it hit us. (Yes, I’m a space nerd, FYI).

I’ve read different numbers on how likely (or rather, unlikely) this is to happen. One figure I have seen mentioned is: The risk we see one even somewhere in our galaxy this century is between 1 in 1000 and 1 in 10,000.

*But hey, I say that’s about the same odds as finding a decent person on a dating site, right?

I would just very much like to experience a little more love, before we all close up shop on this little rock of ours….

*So: Mr. Gamma Ray;Β the race is on!Β 


Image Credit: NASA/Swift/Mary Pat Hrybyk-Keith and John Jones