Why does this keep happening?!?!  Senseless shootings…  Tucson, regrettably, has had it’s own moment in this spotlight, and now it’s Orlando.  I won’t say it’s their “turn”, because the thought of everyone, even just one more city, getting a “turn” at being in the spotlight for such senseless hate is not what any sane person wants.

Not surprisingly, Tucsonans turned out to support victims, friends and families of the shooting in Orlando, hoping beyond hope that prayers and positive, peaceful thoughts will reach across the country, and around the world.  Sadly, there’s really not much more than this that can be done right at this moment…

Tucsonans honor Orlando shooting victims at 4th Avenue vigil

http://tucson.com/news/local/tucsonans-honor-orlando-shooting-victims-at-th-avenue-vigil/article_ea08deb4-3115-11e6-8440-bf7236d4cf9e.htmlThe glow from a candle lights the face of Thomas Phelan as he holds a cup that shields it from blowing out before the start of a vigil in front of IBT’s on North Fourth Avenue in Tucson on Sunday, June 12, 2016 to mark the Florida nightclub shooting where a gunman killed 50 people and wounded 53 more.

Marchers walk a short distance to a vigil on North 4th Avenue in Tucson on Sunday, June 12, 2016 to mark the Florida nightclub shooting. It is the worst mass shooting in US history and it targeted members of the LGBT community. The Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation hosted the event.

More than 700 Tucsonans stood shoulder-to-shoulder in the desert heat in a Fourth Avenue parking lot on Sunday night to remember the dozens of victims of the Orlando mass shooting. Via tucson.com

While these kinds of happenings can never be predicted and we can only hope they happen less frequently, it wasn’t long ago that there was an entirely different kind of surprise to report here in Tucson…

NASA: Object in AZ sky likely an asteroid

http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/32121912/possible-meteor-lights-up-az-skyNASA said the light seen in the Arizona sky early Thursday morning, June 2, was likely an asteroid.

Shortly after 4 a.m., KOLD News 13 was bombarded with calls and emails about an object lighting up the sky.

The small asteroid was around 10 feet and weighed tens of tons. NASA estimated it was moving 40,200 miles per hour.

“There are no reports of any damage or injuries – just a lot of light and few sonic booms,” Bill Cooke, NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL, told KPHO. “If Doppler radar is any indication, there are almost certainly meteorites scattered on the ground north of Tucson.” tucsonnewsnow.com

If things were just reversed a bit – the bright light in the sky was going UPwards, and it happend AFTER the Orlando incident, I would have an explanation that may not be accepted by scientists, but things would sit a whole lot better within me.  Sometimes you just need to imagine to shed some light on an otherwise dark situation.

Images from tucson.com, tucsonnewsnow.com