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

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Combining history, pop science, and in-depth reporting, a fascinating account of asteroids that hit Earth long ago, and those streaming toward us now, as well as how we are preparing against asteroid-caused catastrophe.

One of these days, warns Gordon Dillow, the Earth will be hit by a comet or asteroid of potentially catastrophic size. The only question is when. In the
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Scribner
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Sumit RK
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing

A popular theme in the movies is that of an incoming asteroid that could extinguish life on the planet, and our heroes are launched into space to blow it up. (think Armageddon or Deep Impact). The idea of an asteroid or comet impacting with planet Earth and causing a catastrophe is still treated as a joke. This despite the fact, a major asteroid has collided with the Earth once every few thousand years. In fact, the last dominant species on Earth before Humans (ie the Dinosaurs) was wiped out
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stories about an asteroid striking the earth and causing complete destruction have been popular for decades now. Not to mention documentaries, podcast episodes, youtube videos..... It's ingrained in pop culture that someday the Earth will be struck by a gigantic rock from space, and life as we know it will end. BOOM!

Fire in the Sky examines this pop culture phenomenon....adding in a lot of scientific fact about past asteroid strikes, what would really happen in case of a large asteroid hitting
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Look up at the night sky. The shooting star you’re making a wish on just might be a deadly space object that destroys the Earth. Ok, no, not really. The odds of that are very slim indeed, but all too much morbid sort of fun to entertain. And I don’t mean to sound alarmist. And neither does the author, he just aims to inform the public about the status of things. In a very engaging humorous manner, no less. And Dillow (no expert himself initially) sets off to learn and pass on the accumulated ...more
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very interesting and informative.
Robert Johnson
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
A breezy, well written book that keeps your interest. I learned a lot about comets and asteroids along the way and the subject is written in such a way that it is never boring or over my head. I enjoyed this book and so will you.
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Get your head out of the stars and start looking for meteors, god bless all those in Pasadena!
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gordon L. Dillow's "Fire in the Sky" is a compelling narrative that blends history, research, and science. He does what the best nonfiction writers are able to accomplish -- make science accessible to laypeople like myself. I was surprised to read that Dillow had no formal background in asteroid/meteorite/comet science, but this doesn't matter. He is able translate the science in a way the public understands. You'll learn that scientists (in the first half of the 20th) didn't believe that ...more
Casey Wheeler
This book is well written and researched. The author does an excellent job of covering the major cosmic collisions of the far past, near past and the potential consequences of impacts in the future. His writing style is engaging and written in a style that is not overly scientific and easy to understand. What he points out at the end is that we are very inadequately prepared for another collision - whether we see it several years out or with very little time before impact.

I recomend this book
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fire in the Sky is a skillfully compiled narrative of one of the creation’s most common forces. It’s a assemblage of everything that has to do with asteroids or planetoids, from the believable to the unbelievable. It is a fascinating look at the study of these small and sometimes quite large icy solar system bodies, and their significance in Earth’s future, present and past. It’s delightful and stimulating, with details that are shocking and history that is sometimes hard to believe. Overall, I ...more
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Asteroids crashing into the Earth may be a staple of the modern disaster movie, but not that long ago no one knew the threat that asteroids, comets, and meteorites could pose to life on Earth. In "Fire in the Sky", Dillow explores the science and history behind our knowledge of cosmic collisions and the threat they may pose to all of us. But don't be alarmed! With lively and often humorous writing, this book explores not only the science behind these incidents, but the measures astronomers are ...more
Jun 13, 2019 marked it as to-read
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Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
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An extremely interesting look at the dangers of asteroids hitting the earth. And what is and isn’t being done to combat this danger. You won’t look at the night sky the same way after reading this.
First off I'm fairly interested in asteroids; not sure why but they intrigue me. It's not like I go out looking for them, but I have read several fictional accounts of a "killer" asteroid and watched the popular movies on the same theme. Also used to watch the TV show about the guys looking for meteorite fragments called Meteorite Men. So when this book was coming out I was intrigued and definitely wanted to read the book.

Yet, I had a hard time with this book. It took me much longer than it
Realms & Robots
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fire in the Sky is an entertaining look at the history of comets, meteors and asteroids, and their place in Earth’s past, present and future. Dillow writes in an accessible, down-to-earth tone, shedding light on the many wonders of these mysterious objects that haunt science fiction novels and movies. You’ll finish the book with a deep reverence for the sheer power of these celestial objects and a hint of fear at the havoc they can wreak.

This is a wonderful guide to all things asteroid. There’s
Nov 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Good book with a bit of "high drama" both in its title and in its content. Mr. Dillow is a good (and sometimes humorous) writer and gives a good history of past influence and history of asteroid collisions and their aftermath, beginning with the meteor crater in Arizona.

He also got me thinking about the 6-mile wide "dinosaur killer" asteroid that hit at the earth at the right point on the earth and brought about the K-T Extinction. Had the it hit in the immensely-large, Cretaceous era Pacific,
Esteban LV
Sep 20, 2019 rated it liked it
A big newspaper sunday article.

Nothing new for those minimally informed, a few funny anecdotes, way too repetitive.

A pamphlet or an infographic (so fashionable these days) should do a better job at informing the populace.

Basically "there are asteroids out there and if we don't start preparing and developing manners of deflection/destruction, we're not going to last long."

OK, I guess.
Sadhbh Warren
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For someone who says he knew nothing about meteors when he started writing, Dillow certainly tells their stories well. A fascinating book.
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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