In my book Magicians of the Gods I examine the paradigm-shifting evidence for a cosmic impact 12,800 years ago, followed by further cataclysmic impacts 11,600 years ago. The argument, strongly supported by a number of leading astronomers and astrophysicists, is that both these groups of impacts originated from the same source — a fragmented giant comet that entered our inner solar system around 20,000 years ago on an earth-crossing orbit. Like other comets (e.g. Shoemaker Levy 9) it broke up into multiple fragments, some very large some much smaller. Several of these fragments  were responsible for the first cataclysm of 12,800 years ago, and several more were responsible for the second cataclysm 11,600 years ago.

The astronomers whose work I review in Magicians of the Gods, are convinced that multiple large and deadly fragments of the same original giant comet are STILL circulating in the Taurid meteor stream, the path of which the Earth crosses twice a year (June/July and Oct/Nov), and pose a clear and present danger to the future of human civilization and perhaps even to all life on our planet. There is no need for gloom and doom. This is a problem that we already have the technology to solve. NASA is in denial, or deliberately concealing what it knows, but the hints keep coming that we are heading for something big. See here for example: And here: And again here:

Then there is this observation of a recently observed increase of the rate of cratering on the Moon. The moon is 384,000 kms distant from us, but the Taurid meteor stream is 30 million kilometers wide. What happens on the moon is therefore an indicator of what can happen here unless we act responsibly, and with foresight, to do something about it:

Fortunately some are thinking of doing something about it.  I’m not sure we need a “space nation” when we haven’t even scratched the surface of the huge and heartbreaking problems caused by mindless jingoistic nationalism here on Earth, but their ideas about doing something about potential cosmic impacts definitely resonate:

The linked interview was recorded last year, just before the release of the hardback of Magicians of the Gods: The paperback, revised and extended, is now out and available in the UK: More editions of Magicians here:

6 thoughts on “Cosmic impacts and the past and future of civilization”

  1. Manu says:

    Graham, if you had to make a guess and settle on one of these three causes, comet/asteroid impact, solar flare with corona mass ejection, or vulcanic/seismic catastrophe, which one do you think likely caused the set-back which wiped out the advanced civilization whose traces you and others are documenting?

  2. Adam says:

    Manu – Have you read Magicians of the Gods yet? It makes an extremely compelling case for the two comet incidents cited above. I do not wish to speak for Graham, but I imagine he is leaning towards comet strikes as the culprit of a global cataclysm.

  3. Richard says:

    . . . The Taurid meteor stream is certainly an irritant as much as a celestial show in October / November. It’s the June / July lot that’s even more a bother for those of us not privy to taxpayer dollar supported satellite observations of this stream of space rocks.

    Daylight marauders into the atmosphere can be sizeable. There was a mention of that extinction level event strike wreaking havoc some 65 million years ago, or so, occurring in June. I don’t recall exactly where I read that paper – It’s probably findable online somewhere – I’ll look later. I often wonder whether that June strike was during the daylight or even possibly from the now called Taurid meteor stream. It seems to me that with recurrent strikes from a presumably same comet meteor stream batch that that meteor batch has lost some weight over the eons. It could be that NASA has reason to down play similar things related to it. That’s NOT an approval from me regarding their continued secrecy in such matters of space exploration. If anything, it’s a good motivator to shift this exploration stuff into a higher funded gear.

    Setting up shop or housing, so to speak, on the Moon seems best done on the hemisphere least susceptible to meteor strikes. I would think so anyway. Orbiting platforms are probably a first step toward other planets even the Moon and Mars, but I think inhabiting spheres away from falling rocks will take some doing. I must admit I’m a little ‘ant-zee’ about getting off or away from falling mountains, comet chunks, and what not. It would be advantageous to be highly mobile from planets and moons, wait out of the way in nearby orbiting fashion and return to what can be salvaged.

    As a species veering toward surviving another calamity or two or three there seems a need for an ability to survive and operate (ATSO) after attack or strikes. The military once used ATSO guidance as a means of training toward surviving military confrontations. It’s actually a useful outline for other catastrophe’s like those making news lately.

    Thanks for the additional reading sources.

    1. Jeff says:

      Richard – the Taurid meteor stream consists of the remnants of a huge comet that passed through the inner solar system 25,000-30,000 years ago. As such, it is not connected to the Cretaceous (K-T) impact object. However, it is highly, highly, highly likely that both the Taurid and K-T objects originated from the Oort Cloud.

      Space weather matters. In fact, literally, it matters more than anything else. Nothing else of human/earth origin can impart anywhere near the same degree of violent, catastrophic change as a bollide impact. Graham rightly champions the cause that addressing space weather (and consciousness!) will make/break us as a species.

      1. Jeff says:

        **20,000 years ago

  4. Michael Button says:

    These could also be explained by the soon to be discovered “Planet 9” that they announced that they think they will be able to locate within the next 18 months. In fact, after reading about it, it seems like this missing planet could account for our clockwork global upheavals, and the presence of global markers like pyramids and the ancient obsession with the stars. ‘Planet Nine’ Can’t Hide Much Longer, Scientists Say

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Some basic HTML is allowed.