Collision course….

An asteroid the size of Rhode Island collided with earth 3.26 billion years ago into what is now South Africa. The asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs was a fraction of the size of this asteroid. It smashed a crater 300 miles across—the distance from DC to NYC. The impact caused tsunamis and earthquakes of greater magnitude than anything humans have ever recorded. It vaporized rock, scalded the surface of oceans until they boiled, and turned the sky red hot. It was one of many huge asteroids that pummeled earth during a time appropriately called The Heavy Bombardment Period. Why then and not now? Jupiter’s massive gravitational force vacuums the space around us, slinging comets and asteroids out of our path.

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© Jill Rubalcaba 2014