Part 1: “Death from Above” in Earth Mass Extinctions

A 26-million-year-cyclical pattern has been linked to periodic motion
of our solar system through the dense mid-plane of the Milky Way galaxy.

“The correlation between the formation of these impacts and extinction
events over the past 260 million years is striking and suggests
a cause-and-effect relationship.”

- Michael Rampino, Ph.D., NYU Biologist

 

Illustration by David A. Hardy, astroart.org.
Illustration by David A. Hardy, astroart.org.

 

Earth solar system is where the two lines come together near the center of the Oort Cloud of comets, rocks and dust, emphasizing how much greater the icy comet-making region is beyond planets. The Kuiper Belt, another comet-making region, is closer to the planets. The distance from our Sun to the outer limits of the Oort comet cloud is about three trillion miles, or one-half a light year. Our nearest star, Alpha Centauri, is four light years away. Graphic courtesy Yeomans, University of Louisiana.
Earth solar system is where the two lines come together near the center of the Oort Cloud of comets, rocks and dust, emphasizing how much greater the icy comet-making region is beyond planets. The Kuiper Belt, another comet-making region, is closer to the planets. The distance from our Sun to the outer limits of the Oort comet cloud is about three trillion miles, or one-half a light year. Our nearest star, Alpha Centauri, is four light years away. Graphic courtesy Yeomans, University of Louisiana.

November 20, 2015 New York City, NY - 99% of all the species on Earth that have ever lived are now extinct. Earth's history has been marked by periodic mass extinctions of this planet's evolving life forms. The dinosaurs thrived for about 135 million years until a 6-mile-diameter asteroid slammed into the Gulf of Mexico 66 million years ago leaving the 12-mile-deep and 112-mile-wide Chicxulub crater.

 

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