Earth May Have Barely Avoided a Mass Extinction Event In 1883

Link. Interesting stuff. A new paper claims that apparently a large swarm of comet fragments comet passed “between 600 km and 8000 km of Earth” in 1883. The authors figure that they must have been that close because if they were farther away more observatories would have seen them.

Interesting, and more than a little creepy if accurate.

:eek: You mean The Fall, the swarm of cometary impacts that destroyed Western civilization in SM Stirling’s “The Peshawar Lancers”, almost happened?

(Very good SF book, by the way. Queen Victoria relocates the British Empire to India…)