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July 5, 2001 12:52 PM   Subscribe

Stop the world, I want to get off: A group of scientists thinks that a "wobble" in the orbits of Earth and Mercury may have attracted an asteroid, and not a stray comet, to hit the Earth and wipe out the dinosaurs.
posted by logovisual (2 comments total)

 
I especially like the Mercury Fact Box:

"...Number of moons: 0. Global magnetic field: yes".
posted by Vetinari at 2:07 PM on July 5, 2001


Oh, yes, but you didn't see it. It was one sexy wobble.

It's really sort of irrelevant. Asteroids and comets hit the Earth, well, all the time -- geologically speaking. This doesn't much change the odds of what the next one will be. And as far as the big one that kilt the dinos, I'd be a lot more comfortable with physical, geologic evidence. Comets and asteroids leave different kinds.
posted by dhartung at 3:51 PM on July 5, 2001


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