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Fire in the Sky: Cosmic Collisions, Killer Asteroids, & the Race to Defend Earth

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Fire in the Sky: Cosmic Collisions, Killer Asteroids, and the Race to Defend Earth with Gordon L. Dillow

We owe many of science?s most important discoveries to the famed Meteor Crater, a mile-wide dimple on the Colorado Plateau created by an asteroid hit 50,000 years ago. In his masterfully researched Fire in the Sky, Dillow unpacks what the Crater has to tell us. Prior to the early 1900s, the world believed that all craters on the Earth and Moon were formed by volcanic activity. Not so. The revelation that Meteor Crater and others like it were formed by impacts with space objects has led to a now accepted theory about what killed off the dinosaurs, and it has opened up a new field of asteroid observation, which has recently brimmed with urgency. Dillow looks at great asteroid hits of the past and spends time with modern-day asteroid hunters and defense planning experts, including America's first Planetary Defense Officer.

Gordon is a veteran journalist with more than four decades of experience as a reporter, war correspondent and columnist.  He has written for the Los Angeles Times, the old Los Angeles Herald Examiner, the Orange County Register and other newspapers, and has also contributed articles to a number of magazines, including the Columbia Journalism Review, Los Angeles Magazine and American Heritage. 

For more info visit https://gordondillow.com/

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