At our December meeting I shared a video from the Minnesota State University at Moorhead Planetarium speculating on possible explanations for the Star of Bethlehem. i also referenced a second video from the BBC Sky At Night program on the same topic. They came to different conclusions, see what you think.
Sixty-six million years ago, the dinosaurs looked up from their world-domination and saw something plunging from the sky. They couldn’t have known it, but their world was over. Here are a few links about current findings and theories of that day:
- The New Yorker magazine, March 29, 2019 – this article discusses the possibility that a paleontologist may have found a large fossil trove from the actual day that the asteroid hit:
- A BBC article that essentially summarizes the New Yorker article
- A Space.com post that discusses the idea that it was an asteroid that struck
- A Harvard Gazette article from February 2021 that instead theorizes a comet from the Oort Cloud smashing into the Earth
- A Livescience.com post that talks about what probably happened in the moments and hours following the impact
- And if you ever wondered how and why cockroaches survived the impact (which of course they did – they were there before it hit, and are still with us), here you go.
Our April meeting is Thursday, April 7, 6:15PM at the Pearl Library, 2416 Old Brandon Road Pearl, MS 39208. We’ll watch a presentation on mapping the stars of the southern hemisphere.
JAA will be meeting tonight at the Pearl Library, 6:15 PM. We’ll be watching a presentation on the creation of galaxies from Case Western Reserve University.
The Pearl Library is now allowing a maximum of 40 persons in their meeting room, so the Jackson Astronomical Association will hold our public meeting in person this Thursday, July 1, at 6:15 PM. The library is at 2416 Old Brandon Rd, Pearl, MS 39208. Please come join us and bring any questions you’ve been wanting to ask for the last 16 months!