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Fire in the sky : cosmic collisions, killer asteroids, and the race to defend Earth

Author: Gordon Dillow
Publisher: New York, NY : Scribner, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Scribner hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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"Combining history, popular science, and in-depth reporting, here is a fascinating account of asteroids and other space objects that hit Earth long ago and those streaming toward us even now--as well as a look at the preparations humanity is making against asteroid-caused catastrophe. Journalist Gordon L. Dillow examines what a small but dedicated group of astronomers have long known--that someday Earth will be hit  Read more...
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Dillow, Gordon.
Fire in the sky.
New York : Scribner, ©2019
(DLC) 2018041222
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gordon Dillow
ISBN: 9781501187742 1501187740
OCLC Number: 1050144428
Notes: "June 2019"--Title page verso.
Description: ix, 277 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Impact! --
Miraculous apparitions in the ayre --
Asteroid miners --
Star wounds --
T-rex with a string of pearls --
Asteroid hunters --
Planetary defense --
Asteroid killers --
Asteroid wars --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Gordon L. Dillow.

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"An historical survey about asteroid hits sustained by Earth and the defenses being prepared against future asteroid-caused catastrophe"--  Read more...

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