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TAM 8 interview: best way the world will end?

Bad AstronomyBy Phil PlaitJul 17, 2010 11:40 AM

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While I was at The Amaz!ng Meeting 8, attendee Scott Carnegie (from the Winnipeg Skeptics) grabbed a moment with me to ask me which of the ways the world might end would look coolest from the ground. Here's what I said: I sometimes wonder what it would be like to be able to actually see a comet in the sky, and know that in some amount of time, months say, it will 100% for sure and for real hit the Earth. What would happen? Riots? Panic? Or acceptance? Probably disbelief until the last minute, and then panic. Yikes. Good thing there's nothing out there so far that can hit us. But that day may yet come... and I hope by then we have a space program in place that can take care of it.

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