Impact Planet Earth: Weblinks

Updated Tuesday, 8th August 2006
Find out more about the risks of asteroids with our weblinks and suggested reading

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Map showing Chixulub location BOOKS
... about rogue bodies which may collide with planet Earth:


Impact! The Threat of Comets and Asteroids - Gerrit L Verschuur
Published by Oxford University Press

Rogue Asteroids and Doomsday Comets - Duncan Steel
Published by John Wiley and Sons

Comet and Asteroid Impact Hazards on a Populated Earth - John S. Lewis
Published by Academic Press Inc

... and about the theory that an asteroid killed the dinosaurs - by one of the scientists who came up with the theory:
T.Rex and the Crater of Doom - Walter Alvarez
Published by Princeton University Press

In 2005, our Stardate programme reported as NASA collided a spacecraft with comet Tempel 1 to find out what it was made of. Find out more about this Deep Impact.

Type "asteroid impact" into any search engine, and you’ll see just how much popular interest there is in the question on whether we’re all going to get splattered by a giant rock hurling into our part of the solar system. But there are also many good scientific sites which provide more grounded information on meteors, asteroids, craters and the progress of programmes aiming to detect wandering dangers out there ...

For NASA’s own very comprehensive site, including details of their Near Earth Object search programmes:

The human story behind discovering and identifying the Arizona crater

For a list of links to other organisations and sources of information:
Meteors Meteorites and Impacts

Studying science with the OU





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