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COULD happen. But it might next week or millions of years from now. Don't
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Death from the Skies!
The Science Behind the End of the World
By Philip Plait

Death from the Skies! (2009) - 326 pages
Death from the Skies! at Amazon.com

These Are The Ways The World Will End
The universe is a dangerous place

Stars explode, Galaxies collide. Asteroids and comets crash into planets. Black holes wreak havoc, swallowing everything - entire solar systems - in their path. Outer space is not as remote as many people think, and it's only a matter of time before a cosmic disaster spells the end of the Earth. But how concerned should we be about any of these catastrophic scenarios? And if they do pose a danger, can anything be done to stop them?

Thanks to news stories about the threat of man-made black holes, mind-bending concepts such as the death of the Sun and of the Universe itself, and our ever-expanding technological capabilities, it has never been more difficult for nonexperts to draw the line between science fiction and fact. In Death from the Skies! astronomer Philip Plait presents some of the most fearsome end-of-the-world calamities, demystifies the scientific principles at work behind them, and gives us the odds that any of them will step out of the realm of sci-fi to disrupt our quiet corner of the cosmos. With wit, humor, and an infectious love of astronomy that could win over even the science-phobic, Plait illustrates some of the most fascinating concepts and events in the Universe.

Chapters:

  • Target Earth: Asteroid and Comet Impacts
  • Sunburn
  • The Stellar Fury of Supernova
  • Cosmic Blowtorches: Gamma-Ray Bursts
  • The Bottomless Pits of Black Holes
  • Alien Attack!
  • The Death of the Sun
  • Bright Lights, Big Galaxy
  • The End of Everything
  • What, Me Worry?

Broad in scope, expertly researched, and as entertaining as it is informative, Death from the Skies! is the ultimate astronomy lesson - and the last one you may ever need.

Philip Plait, Ph.D., is a renowned astronomer with more than two decades of professional research and education experience. He has written articles for such magazines as Astronomy and Sky & Telescope, as well as national and international newspapers. He has appeared on national television news and in documentaries many times, including the Sci-Fi Channel's Countdown to Doomsday and National Geographic's Is It Real? His Web site, Bad Astronomy (www.badastronomy.com), has won numerous awards, such as Best Science Blog of 2007, and is read by millions of people every year.

12-11-15 The ultimate blackout
The ultimate blackout
A powerful electromagnetic pulse could knock out the power grid and the internet. How serious is the threat? What is an electromagnetic pulse? What are solar storms? Has such a storm ever hit Earth? Yes, several times. Much more alarming was a solar superstorm that barely missed Earth in July 2012. Satellites involved in crucial global communications (including GPS) would have been ruined, large electrical transformers would have been destroyed, and ATMs would have stopped functioning. The internet would have been disabled on a massive scale. Most people wouldn’t even have been able to flush toilets, which rely on electric pumps. Three years later, “we would still be picking up the pieces.” What about man-made EMPs? What protective measures are possible? The great solar storm of 1859.

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Death from the Skies!
The Science Behind the End of the World
By Philip Plait

Sioux Falls Scientists endorse Death from the Skies! for showing us what
COULD happen. But it might next week or millions of years from now. Don't
hold your breath. We might well be another species before it happens.