Proof – It has happened before…it will happen again

Ancient humans saw an asteroid apocalypse first-hand

 

The researchers believe that, based on the timing of the event, the impact was linked to a larger asteroid event which left evidence of impacts across a huge chunk of Earth. Similar glass has been found at impact sites across parts of Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas. It was this large-scale event that is believed to be responsible for the rapid cooling of the Earth and the eventual die-off of many species.

Science fiction disaster flicks have “taught” us that if the asteroid apocalypse comes raining down from above, it will result in utter devastation from which humanity may never recover. For now, we can rest easy knowing that space agencies around the world are constantly on the lookout for dangerous space rocks, but ancient humans didn’t have that same luxury.

One particularly unlucky group of our nomadic ancestors watched, thousands of years ago, as their homes and way of life were wiped out by an asteroid fragment that, to them, would have seemed to come out of absolutely nowhere.

The whole saga unfolded in what today is Syria at a site known as Abu Hureyra. Today, it’s at the bottom of a lake, but many thousands of years ago it was home to a group of settlers who lived, farmed, and sustained themselves for what appears to be a lengthy amount of time. That is, until a cosmic invader messed everything up.

In studying some of the artifacts recovered from the site, researchers discovered remnants of glass that was created during a high-intensity impact. The glass is unlike anything that could have been created with the technology of the day and was formed at temperatures high enough to rule out things like volcanic activity. Put simply, the only other possibility is that the glass formed as an object slammed into the settlement at extremely high speed.

“To help with perspective, such high temperatures would completely melt an automobile in less than a minute,” said UC Santa Barbara professor James Kennett, co-author of the work. “Our new discoveries represent much more powerful evidence for very high temperatures that could only be associated with a cosmic impact.”

“The critical materials are extremely rare under normal temperatures, but are commonly found during impact events,” Kennett explains. The glass is thought to have formed “from the nearly instantaneous melting and vaporization of regional biomass, soils and floodplain deposits, followed by instantaneous cooling.”

We obviously can’t know exactly how the events of the fateful day unfolded but based on the destruction of the settlement and what is left for scientists to find, it appears as though the village was wiped out in a matter of moments. Whether it was a direct impact from the space rock or an airburst — an asteroid explosion in the sky — close the ground, temperatures at the site topped an incredible 2,200 degrees Celsius.

The researchers believe that, based on the timing of the event, the impact was linked to a larger asteroid event which left evidence of impacts across a huge chunk of Earth.

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First Signed Copy

After hearing my interview on Coast to Coast AM, Ray Maffit sent an e-mail asking if he could buy a signed copy of ASTEROIDS to include in his book collection.

This was the first request from a reader to buy a signed copy.

I didn’t have a storefront on my website at that time, but I did later that day! 🙂

Here is Ray with his signed copy. He’s already read the e-book and says he will start reading ASTEROIDS again with his seven-year-old daughter.

Thanks for your support Ray.

The bookstore is open! http://mikemccoy.me/book-store/

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NASA’s Project DART

I have been on several radio talk shows recently discussing the threat that asteroids pose to Earth.

People always ask how we can protect ourselves against an impending asteroid impact.

The honest answer today is that we can’t. So, if there’s a large asteroid heading our way soon, kiss your ass goodbye.

We have no device or technology ready for launch to defend Earth against an asteroid.

We are in the infancy of Planetary Defense.

The first mission to test the concept of using a high velocity impactor to nudge an asteroid into a different orbit is call DART.

DART stands for Double Asteroid Redirection Test. DART is planned for launch in July 2021 and will intercept Didymos B or Didymoon in late September 2022.

Didymoon is a small moonlet about 550 ft in diameter that orbits around a larger asteroid called Didymos which is 2,550 ft. in diameter.

DART will not blow up or destroy Didymoon. The hope is that the DART impactor will change the speed of moonlet’s orbit around the larger asteroid by a fraction of a percent.

This will change the orbital period of the moonlet by several minutes – enough to be observed and measured.

Watch the video to learn about DART from the people running the mission:

Learn more about DART

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Searching for Planet 9

While a guest recently on the radio show Late Night in the Midlands a listener asked about Planet 9.

Talk of Planet 9 is usually the topic of late night talk radio and conspiracy theorists but, Mike Brown a professor of Planetary Astronomy at the California Institute of Technology discusses the real possibility of the existence and discovery of Planet 9.

Cool stuff…

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Mike on Late Night in the Midlands

Mike McCoy was a guest on Late Night in the Midlands with Michael Vera on Wednesday Feb. 26th.

Michael Vera is one of the top 50 streaming radio hosts in America.

“The show was fun. I think it went well. I had recently been on Coast to Coast AM. I studied all my research notes to prepare for that show, so the material was still fresh,” said Mike McCoy

Book sales and website visitors spiked as a result of Mike being on the show. A good sign that listeners had a strong interest in the topic.

Mike will be doing more radio shows in the future. He has been asked to once again be a guest on Night Dreams Radio with Gary Anderson. This will be Mike’s second time on Night Dreams Radio.

“Radio is lots of fun, especially when they have call in questions from listeners. It’s great to connect directly with people and do my best to answer their questions. Sometimes they can really put you on the spot,” said Mike.

 

 

 

 

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