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October 2018 Celestial Events & Space Research News

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October 2018 - SkyMaps & Celestial Guides .....
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Meteorite Times Magazine - October 2018 - available mid-October
At the start of October 2018 the Sunspot Number is ?

October 01 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

 

October 02 2018 - 09:45 UT

Third Lunar Quarter

 

October 02 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Comet 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup - Perihelion (1.082 AU)

October 03 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Amor Asteroid 2009 TK - Near-Earth Flyby (0.073 AU)
Comet 64P/Swift-Gehrels - At Opposition (0.484 AU)

October 04 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

 

October 05 2018 - 22:29 UT

Moon at Perigee
(closest to the Earth = 366,396 km)

 

October 05 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

October 06 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

October 07 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2006 HE2 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.096 AU)
Comet 73P-Y/Schwassmann-Wachmann - Closest Approach To Earth (1.179 AU)

October 08 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

 

October 09 2018 - 03:47 UT

New Moon

 

October 09 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Draconids Meteor Shower Peak

October 10 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

October 11 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2015 HG182 Near-Earth Flyby (0.013 AU)

October 12 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

October 13 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Comet P/2005 J1 (McNaught) - Perihelion (1.533 AU)

October 14 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Mercury Passes 6.8° From Venus - as seen from Earth
Apollo Asteroid 2012 CU - Near-Earth Flyby (0.061 AU)
Aten Asteroid 2016 TH10 Near-Earth Flyby (0.061 AU)

October 15 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

 

October 16 2018 - 18:02 UT

First Lunar Quarter

 

October 16 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Mars Winter Solstice
Apollo Asteroid 2016 UO41 Near-Earth Flyby (0.096 AU)

 

October 17 2018 - 19:16 UT

Moon at Apogee
(furthest from the Earth = 404,227 km)

 

October 17 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Aten Asteroid 2014 US7 Near-Earth Flyby (0.008 AU)
Comet 243P/NEAT - Closest Approach To Earth (1.496 AU)

October 18 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2016 GC221 Near-Earth Flyby (0.022 AU)
Aten Asteroid 2013 UG1 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.027 AU)
Comet P/2001 R6 (LINEAR-Skiff) - At Opposition (1.241 AU)

October 19 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2009 UC19 Near-Earth Flyby (0.052 AU)

October 20 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Orionids Meteor Shower Peak
2018 Orionid Meteor Shower Overnight

October 21 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Orionids Meteor Shower Peak
Orionids Meteor Shower History & Observing SkyMaps
2018 Orionid Meteor Shower Overnight

October 22 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Orionids Meteor Shower Peak - watch in the early hours before dawn
Comet 243P/NEAT - At Opposition (1.498 AU)

October 23 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Amor Asteroid 2016 TS55 Near-Earth Flyby (0.087 AU)
Aten Asteroid 2014 UR Near-Earth Flyby (0.091 AU)
Comet 267P/LONEOS - Closest Approach To Earth (0.811 AU)

 

October 24 2018 - 16:45 UT

Full Hunter's Moon

 

October 24 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2004 FW1 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.065 AU)
Apollo Asteroid 2017 UO7 Near-Earth Flyby (0.099 AU)
Comet P/2005 R1 (NEAT) - Closest Approach To Earth (1.144 AU)

October 25 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2017 UH8 Near-Earth Flyby (0.058 AU)

October 26 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

October 27 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

October 28 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Daylight Saving Ends - Set Clock Back 1 Hour - Europe
Comet 64P/Swift-Gehrels - Closest Approach To Earth (0.445 AU)
Comet 73P-T/Schwassmann-Wachmann - At Opposition (1.725 AU)

October 29 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Aten Asteroid 475534 (2006 TS7) - Near-Earth Flyby (0.019 AU)
Aten Asteroid 302169 (2001 TD45) - Near-Earth Flyby (0.099 AU)

October 30 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Mercury Passes 3.3° From Jupiter - as seen from Earth

 

October 31 2018 - 16:40 UT

Third Lunar Quarter

 

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October 31 2018 - 20:05 UT

Moon at Perigee
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October 31 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Amor Asteroid 2016 WZ7 Near-Earth Flyby (0.066 AU)

 

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Meteorite Times Magazine - November 2018 - available mid-November
At the start of November 2018 the Sunspot Number is ?

November 01 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

November 02 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Comet 300P/Catalina - Perihelion (0.833 AU)

November 03 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Taurids Meteor Shower Peak
Amor Asteroid 2016 VH2 Near-Earth Flyby (0.064 AU)
Comet P/2005 R1 (NEAT) - At Opposition (1.157 AU)
Comet P/2007 V1 (Larson) - At Opposition (1.739 AU)

November 04 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Richard Binzel's 60th Birthday (1958)
Daylight Saving Ends - Set Clock Back 1 Hour - USA
Aten Asteroid 2002 VE68 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.038 AU)
Comet 64P/Swift-Gehrels - Perihelion (1.393 AU)

November 05 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

November 06 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Mercury - At Its Greatest Eastern Elongation (23°) - as seen from Earth
Comet P/2007 V1 (Larson) - Closest Approach To Earth (1.737 AU)

 

November 07 2018 - 16:02 UT

New Moon

 

November 07 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Aten Asteroid 2010 VQ - Near-Earth Flyby (0.040 AU)
Apollo Asteroid 2015 NU2 Near-Earth Flyby (0.068 AU)

November 08 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Aten Asteroid 2010 VB - Near-Earth Flyby (0.082 AU)

November 09 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Comet P/2011 W2 (Rinner) - At Opposition (1.551 AU)

November 10 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

November 11 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Comet 38P/Stephan-Oterma - Perihelion (1.589 AU)

November 12 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Great Leonids Meteor Shower of 1833 - 185th Anniversary (1833)
Aten Asteroid 2011 WA - Near-Earth Fyby (0.067 AU)

November 13 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2015 VM105 Near-Earth Flyby (0.080 AU)
Apollo Asteroid 2016 WC Near-Earth Flyby (0.088 AU)

 

November 14 2018 - 15:57 UT

Moon at Apogee
(furthest from the Earth = 404,341 km)

 

November 14 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Comet 69P/Taylor - At Opposition (1.545 AU)

 

November 15 2018 - 14:54 UT

First Lunar Quarter

 

November 15 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

November 16 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Moon Occults Mars

November 17 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Leonids Meteor Shower Peak
Leonids Meteor Shower History & Observing SkyMaps
2018 Leonid Meteor Shower Overnight
Leonid dust trails

November 18 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Comet P/2011 W2 (Rinner) - Closest Approach To Earth (1.539 AU)

November 19 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2009 JL1 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.083 AU)

November 20 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Comet 130P/McNaught-Hughes - At Opposition (1.943 AU)

November 21 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Amor Asteroid 2013 PA7 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.091 AU)
Comet 198P/ODAS - At Opposition (1.027 AU)

November 22 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 410088 (2007 EJ) - Near-Earth Flyby (0.062 AU)

 

November 23 2018 - 05:39 UT

Full Beaver Moon

 

November 23 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Comet 198P/ODAS - Closest Approach To Earth (1.026 AU)

November 24 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Amor Asteroid 2011 AA37 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.099 AU)

November 25 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Aten Asteroid 2009 WB105 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.039 AU)

 

November 26 2018 - 12:10 UT

Moon at Perigee
(closest to the Earth = 366,623 km)

 

November 26 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

November 27 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2008 WD14 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.019 AU)

November 28 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2001 WO15 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.035 AU)
Aten Asteroid 2013 BT18 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.072 AU)

November 29 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

 

November 30 2018 - 00:19 UT

Third Lunar Quarter

 

November 30 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Aten Asteroid 2008 WT62 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.087 AU)

 

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December 2018 - SkyMaps & Celestial Guides .....
BBC The Sky at Night - December 2018
Meteorite Times Magazine - December 2018 - available mid-December
At the start of November 2018 the Sunspot Number is ?

December 01 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2012 MM11 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.086 AU)
Comet 267P/LONEOS - At Opposition (0.938 AU)

December 02 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Comet 247P/LINEAR - Perihelion (1.489 AU)

December 03 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Comet 300P/Catalina - Closest Approach To Earth (1.041 AU)

December 04 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

December 05 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Aten Asteroid 2017 RH16 Near-Earth Flyby (0.081 AU)

December 06 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

 

December 07 2018 - 07:20 UT

New Moon

 

December 07 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Mars Passes 0.03° From Neptune - as seen from Earth with a suitable telescope
Comet 171P/Spahr - At Opposition (0.864 AU)

December 08 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

December 09 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2013 VX4 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.011 AU)
Comet P/2010 A1 (Hill) - Closest Approach To Earth (1.065 AU)

December 10 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2015 XV129 Near-Earth Flyby (0.060 AU)
Apollo Asteroid 2003 NW1 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.069 AU)
Aten Asteroid 2017 NK Near-Earth Flyby (0.090 AU)

December 11 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan - Perihelion (1.623 AU)

 

December 12 2018 - 12:25 UT

Moon at Apogee
(furthest from the Earth = 405,177 km)

 

December 12 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

December 13 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Geminids Meteor Shower History & Observing SkyMaps
Geminids Meteor Shower Peak Overnight
Apollo Asteroid 2015 XX169 Near-Earth Flyby (0.043 AU)
Comet 46P/Wirtanen - Perihelion (1.055 AU)

December 14 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

 

December 15 2018 - 11:49 UT

First Lunar Quarter

 

December 15 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Mercury - At Its Greatest Western Elongation (21°) - as seen from Earth
Comet 171P/Spahr - Closest Approach To Earth (0.858 AU)

December 16 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

December 17 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Comet 46P/Wirtanen - Near-Earth Flyby (0.078 AU)

December 18 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Comet 38P/Stephan-Oterma - Closest Approach To Earth (0.766 AU)

December 19 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Comet 358P/PANSTARRS - Closest Approach To Earth (1.753 AU)
Comet 175P/Hergenrother - At Opposition (1.873 AU)

December 20 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2012 MS4 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.082 AU)

 

December 21 2018 - 22:23 UT

Alban Arthan
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December 21 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Mercury Passes 0.9° From Jupiter - as seen from Earth
Comet P/2010 A1 (Hill) - At Opposition (1.081 AU)

 

December 22 2018 - 17:49 UT

Full Long Nights Moon

 

December 22 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Ursids Meteor Shower Peak
Aten Asteroid 163899 (2003 SD220) - Near-Earth Flyby (0.019 AU)
Apollo Asteroid 2016 AO131 Near-Earth Flyby (0.052 AU)

December 23 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 418849 (2008 WM64) - Near-Earth Flyby (0.043 AU)
Apollo Asteroid 2010 GT7 Near-Earth Flyby (0.057 AU)
Apollo Asteroid 2015 YQ1 Near-Earth Flyby (0.077 AU)

 

December 24 2018 - 09:52 UT

Moon at Perigee
(closest to the Earth = 361,060 km)

 

December 24 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

December 25 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Comet 357P/Hill - Closest Approach To Earth (1.955 AU)

December 26 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

December 27 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 488789 (2004 XK50) - Near-Earth Flyby (0.089 AU)
Comet 358P/PANSTARRS - At Opposition (1.762 AU)

December 28 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Comet 253P/PANSTARRS - At Opposition (1.671 AU)

 

December 29 2018 - 09:34 UT

Third Lunar Quarter

 

December 29 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Comet 209P/LINEAR - At Opposition (1.273 AU)

December 30 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

December 31 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

 

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"This highly interdisciplinary book highlights many of the ways in which chemistry plays a crucial role in making life an evolutionary possibility in the universe. Cosmologists and particle physicists have often explored how the observed laws and constants of nature lie within a narrow range that allows complexity and life to evolve and adapt. Here, these anthropic considerations are diversified in a host of new ways to identify the most sensitive features of biochemistry and astrobiology. Celebrating the classic 1913 work of Lawrence J. Henderson, The Fitness of the Environment for Life, this book looks at the delicate balance between chemistry and the ambient conditions in the universe that permit complex chemical networks and structures to exist."


"Astrobiology:
A Multi-disciplinary
Approach"

by
Jonathan Lunine

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"Astrobiology: A Multidisciplinary Approach is the most comprehensive textbook available for emerging upper-level courses in astrobiology. Internationally renowned authority Jonathan Lunine gives students with a variety of backgrounds a solid foundation in the essential concepts of physics, chemistry, biology, and other relevant sciences to help them achieve a well-rounded understanding of the fascinating study of the origin of life, planetary evolution, and life in the cosmos."


"Comets: A Chronological History of Observation, Science, Myth
and Folklore"

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Donald K. Yeomans

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"A Little History of
Astro-Archaeology:
Stages in the Transformation
of a Heresy"

by
John Michell

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"Stonehenge today is a battlefield, not only for police and festivalgoers at midsummer but also for rival camps of archaeologists, astronomers, and other researchers into the mysteries of prehistoric religion and science. Controversy flared up in 1963, when Gerald Hawkins made early use of the computer to identify Stonehenge as an observatory for the sun and moon and an instrument for predicting eclipses. Further studies of megalithic sites by Alexander Thom proved that many of them were also related to the seasonal positions of the heavenly bodies.

The study of astro-archaeology has now expanded worldwide, bringing new revelations about the mystical sciences of antiquity. This "little history" summarizes the issues involved in astro-archaeology, and illustrates its principal sites and personalities. Included are recent findings of British scientists, whose records of anomalous levels of natural energies at stone circles are in accordance with the magical reputations of such places in local folklore."


"Star Mounds: Legacy of
a Native American Mystery"

by
Ross Hamilton

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"Solar System Maps:
From Antiquity to the Space Age"

by
Nick Kanas

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"Beyond the Blue Horizon:
Myths and Legends of the Sun,
Moon, Stars, and Planets"

by
E.C. Krupp

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"The Culture of Astronomy:
Origin of Number, Geometry,
Science, Law, and Religion"

by
Thomas Karl Dietrich

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"Astronomy & Maths in
Ancient China:
The 'Zhou Bi Suan Jing'"

by
Christopher Cullen

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"Celestial Geometry:
Understanding the
Astronomical Meanings
of Ancient Sites"

by
Ken Taylor

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"Philip's Glow-in-the-Dark Planisphere:
Latitude 51.5 North
British Isles, Northern Europe, Northern USA and Canada"

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Philip's Astronomy Publishing

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"The 2300 BC Event - Vol. 1:
Archaeology and Geophysics
& The Meteoroid Stream"

by
M. M. Mandelkehr

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"The 2300 BC Event takes a new look at an old puzzle: what happened
at this date to cause the various advanced societies on the Earth to simultaneously collapse?

Civilizations in Anatolia and Greece, through Egypt and the Middle East, and eastward to India and Central Asia were at their height. The collapse of these civilizations due to earthquakes and climatic changes has been mirrored by similar interruptions on all continents, in the Arctic, and extending to the Pacific.

The discontinuities have long puzzled archaeologists and historians. New religions and accompanying mythologies appeared at this time in all cultural regions describing bombardment and flooding from the skies.

Strangely, the dominant aspect of the mythologies, however, is the observation and worship of a ring appearing to surround the Earth, oriented to the two Ursa (Bear) constellations."

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"The 2300 BC Event Vol. 2:
Mythology
The Eyewitness Accounts"

by
M. M. Mandelkehr

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"Some time around 2300 BC the Earth encountered a dense clustering of space debris, the early Southern & Northern Taurid meteoroid stream. The result was an intense fall of meteoroids, some of them sufficiently large to cause surface destruction.

Simultaneous with the meteoroid fall was a huge downpouring of water which caused flash flooding. Extensive destruction and loss of life resulted. An astonishing aspect of the event was the formation of a ring surrounding the Earth, reflecting sunlight during the day, hiding some stars at night, and moving around the sky through a 24-hour period.

Following the 'main event', there were crustal movements which shifted the location of water sources, and caused earthquakes which destroyed settlements. Abrupt severe climate changes occurred."

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"The 2300 BC Event Vol. 3:
Mythology
The Eyewitness Accounts 2"

by
M. M. Mandelkehr

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"The Northern/Southern Taurid meteoroid stream is identified as the specific meteoroid stream that the Earth encountered at 2300 BC.

The Earth's encounter with a dense cluster of large objects would produce atmospheric phenomena very different from the pleasant and interesting night displays of meteor trails that are within our own experience.

The rain of objects would have generated extraordinary visual and auditory effects combined with ground vibrations; and under extreme conditions would bring about severe surface destruction and loss of life.

The overall event was associated by the people with powerful deities and formed the basis for major religions. The mythologies and traditions are, in large part, the residues of those religions."

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