No Bigger Than a Leaf

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It drifted into our atmosphere from space. It was just a small object the size of a ping-pong ball, but mightier than an asteroid. What happened?

Submitted: March 07, 2016

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The projectile slipped into Earth's outer atmosphere from the edge of space. It was not very big, about the size of a ping-pong ball and just as white, but as far as roundness, not so much. You might say that this thing was more oval than round, until it started to descend and to heat up, then it opened like a flower and that slowed it down considerably.

Strangely enough, when it opened it took on a brownish color, almost like a dried leaf.

Drifting, drifting, it took weeks for it to reach 20,000 feet above sea level.

Now the color of the object was mixed, oranges, black, and browns. And it was looking even more like a leaf, the edges now curled upward for a faster descent and more stable airflow along its outer edges.

At 5,000 feet its edges formed what might be described as a "V" shape, and then it began riding the wind, much like a hawk does. It changed direction several times until it found the perfect level of descent, at 200 feet it floated gently to the ground.

For months this object stayed on the ground and in the same spot, no matter how hard the wind blew or what the weather conditions were, it stayed put.

Then one night a lightning storm hit and a bolt of lightning struck the object. The leaf-like object seemed to absorb that lightning bolt like a sponge absorbs water. Then another bolt hit it and the object grew about 100 times in size, and again, and again, until it was the size of a mini-van. But the next lightning bolt that hit it made it exploded into thousands of little leaves, and they drifted off in every direction.

You would have thought that all this strangeness was over at that point, but it was. not

As more lightning storms came, more lightning struck the leaves, and the more leaves that were struck, the more they grew, and the more that they grew, the more they exploded, making even more leaf-like objects. 

It was years before things started to quiet down, these so-called leaves covered much of the planet and most had returned to their ping-pong ball size, shape, and color; but that was not the down side.

The down side was that when there was very little electricity left to absorb from the Earth, the electromagnetic field around the Earth failed. This, in turn, caused the moon to collide with the earth and both went hurling out into space.

And what happened to the leaves?

They were sent cascading into space too, like trillions of want-to-be ping-pong balls, just looking for other planets to land on.

 

D. Thurmond / JEF  ---  03-06-2016


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