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05 Comets and Destiny

Perseid meteor, originating from Comet Swift-Tuttle, from the ISS

… an article on meteor showers, known to be the debris trails of passing comets and responsible for spectacular meteor showers… the upshot, cosmic beauty, possible devastation of the planet, because, of course, if we pass through debris trails we might one day encounter the comment more directly… Comet Swift-Tuttle was thought to be a looming danger in the 1990’s, less looming now, as a near miss is not projected to happen until 3044, and who knows if humanity will still be here?… still, in the department of awe, something to help us contemplate our significance, or lack thereof…