Volcanic winters and the bubonic plague. Good times in Eurasia.
This "catastrophe conspiracy theory" has been around for at least 20yrs. Now it's been confirmed via ice cores. When will the gradualists/uniformitarians get tired of eating crow (and of ruining the careers of better men)?
On Thursday, a "city-killer" asteroid passed the Earth at a distance of 73K kilometers. The Earth travels through 100K of space in one hour. We missed a hit by less than an hour's difference in space. Astronomers had almost no knowledge of the object until it was flying by us.
“This is one of the closest approaches to Earth by an asteroid that we know of. And it’s a pretty large one,” Michael Brown, an associate professor at Monash University’s school of physics and astronomy told the paper.
“It’s impressively close. I don’t think it’s quite sunk in yet. It’s a pretty big deal.”