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Famine during Middle Ages may have come from comet hitting Earth

  • Comet P/Halley as taken March 8, 1986 by W. Liller, Easter Island, part of the International Halley Watch (IHW) Large Scale Phenomena Network.

    Comet P/Halley as taken March 8, 1986 by W. Liller, Easter Island, part of the International Halley Watch (IHW) Large Scale Phenomena Network.

    There are stories of Ancients fearing comets, and people thousands of years ago may have had a good reason to.

    Recent analysis of Greenland ice cores found layers of dust laid down 1,500 years ago that didn’t come from Earth, leading some scientists to believe a piece of Halley’s Comet may have hit the Earth in AD 536.

    The impact would have blasted so much dust into the atmosphere that it may have cooled planet Earth considerably, changing the climate, causing famine and drought, and making people more susceptible to illness.



    From Live Science

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