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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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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Budapest Fan Club

My fan club from Budapest, Hungary checked in today!

These guys, Gabor and Kornel were one of the first distributors in Europe to sell the PYRO FireWire card my company, ADS Tech developed in 1999.

PYRO was the first IEEE 1394 OHCI FireWire card in the World!

They sold thousands of cards. If you knew what Hungary was like in 1999 you would realize what an incredible feat that was.

At the time, I thought their company was an established distributor in Hungary. Years later, I learned that they formed the company to sell PYRO and ADS was the first supplier for the company!

They are still in business today, so good on them!

Today they sent these photos with ASTEROIDS!

It’s wonderful to have support from friends around the world!

Thanks Guys!

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Mike McCoy on Coast to Coast AM

Mike McCoy will be a guest on Coast to Coast AM this coming Wednesday February 12th

10PM to Midnight

https://www.coasttocoastam.com/ 

I’ll be discussing the dangers asteroids pose to Earth, how to defend Earth from asteroid bombardment and how to survive an impact.  

You can listen on the iHeart Radio app – just search for KFI-AM Los Angeles to listen live!

Coast to Coast AM airs on over 600 stations in the US, Canada and Mexico and is heard by three million listeners weekly.

A media phenomenon, Coast to Coast AM deals with UFOs, strange occurrences, life after death, and other unexplained phenomena.

 

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Atlas Obscura Discovers ‘Bridge to Nowhere’

 

Atlas Obscura, one of my favorite sites on the internet focuses on the odd, weird, and obscure has discovered the ‘Bridge to Nowhere,’ the same bridge in my book, ASTEROIDS!

Atlas Obscura included the Bridge to Nowhere located in the San Gabriel Mountains north of Los Angeles in a roundup of eight bridges to nowhere.

Here’s what they wrote:

The Bridge to Nowhere is a truss arch bridge that was built in 1936 just north of Azusa, California in the San Gabriel Mountains. The bridge spans the East Fork of the San Gabriel River and was intended to connect the San Gabriel Valley with Wrightwood, California. During its initial construction, Los Angeles County claimed that the bridge and connected highway would be one of the most scenic roads in America.

Unfortunately, these thoughts quickly changed when the East Fork Road, which provided access to the bridge, was washed out during a massive flood in 1938, just two years after the bridge’s completion. The entire project was then abandoned, and the bridge was left forever stranded in the middle of the Sheep Mountain wilderness, without having a single car ever cross it.

Today, the bridge is only accessible by a 10-mile round-trip hike, which ascends to 2760 feet while crossing the riverbed six times. Parts of the old asphalt roadway can still be found along the East Fork Trail, as well as a number of concrete slabs which formed the foundations of bridges that were also destroyed by the flood. Despite its popularity, the trail frequently gets washed out and can be very dangerous. There have been a large number of deaths along the San Gabriel River due to travelers crossing the rough waters en route to the bridge.

The Bridge to Nowhere remains one of the most bizarre artifacts of the San Gabriel Mountains. What began as a significant state transportation initiative slowly became a desolate destination for hikers and bungee jumpers. The connected road and nearby bridges may have been crushed and ruined by countless floods, but the Bridge to Nowhere remains true, unused, and alone in the wilderness.


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A bad day for Los Angeles?

Imagine if the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko landed on Los Angeles.

The comet is approximately 2.7 miles by 2.5 miles at its longest and widest dimensions and speeds through space at 84,000 miles per hour.

Like other comets, 67P probably originated in the Kuiper belt and was ejected towards the interior of the solar system.

There is no risk of 67P crossing paths with Earth, but if it did, it would be a very bad day for Los Angeles and the rest of Southern California.

 

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2020 has been busy already

 

My PR agent, trying to get more coverage for ASTEROIDS-Bridge to Nowhere, asked if there had been any recent asteroid near misses with Earth. Here’s what I found:

Jan 1, 2020 – Bus-size asteroid will buzz Earth at 18,400 mph on Jan. 2 – The event is set to occur just three days after five sizeable NEOs flew by the Earth on the same day.

Jan 6, 2020 – ROCKY HORROR! Asteroid that could have caused ‘Violent Sky Explosion’ powerful as 30 nukes zips past Earth. 

Jan 25, 2020 – A 32-Foot Asteroid Skimmed Earth from Very Close by Shortly After It Was Discovered. The asteroid was traveling at an incredible speed of 22,800 mph and buzzed Earth from only 37,200 miles away. The object was discovered less than 24 hours before its close flyby of Earth. Yikes!

Jan 26, 2020 – “City-Killer” Asteroid Nearly Hits Earth – it came closer to the Earth than the moon this week.

The space rock, named Asteroid 2019 OK, came hurtling toward Earth at a speed of nearly 15 miles a second. Astronomers admit they had no idea the giant rock was headed our way, because it came from the direction of the sun and only became visible a few days ago. 

It looks like 2020 will be a busy year for asteroid flyby’s. It’s only a matter of time before one smacks us!


 

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