RedEye9 wrote on Mar 31, 2019, 13:45:
The opening sentence from "The Day the Dinosaurs Died" is incorrect in every way.
If, on a certain evening about sixty-six million years ago, you had stood somewhere in North America and looked up at the sky, you would have soon made out what appeared to be a star.The
star asteroid would have been basically invisible to the naked eye and not possessing any qualities of what we call a star.
“It wouldn’t be visible to the naked eye until it warmed up, and that wouldn’t happen until it hit the atmosphere, which would be about one second before it hit the Earth. You’re talking about something moving many tens of times faster than the fastest bullet. Unless it had been seen by someone with a telescope, and that’s by no means a certainty, it would take us completely by surprise.” Ray Anderson in Bill Bryson's "A Short History of Nearly Everything"
The New York times has a shorter and less dramatically written article on it. An absolutely amazing find though. I have always loved paleontology, getting to peek into secrets of a lost world. Each fossil a little story that have traveled millions of years through time. I look forward to everything that comes out of this discovery.