On a ho-hum day some 12,800 years ago, the Earth had emerged from another ice age. Things were warming up, and the glaciers had retreated.
But at some point, out of nowhere, the sky was lit with fireballs. This was followed by shock waves. Fires rushed across the landscape, and dust clogged the sky, cutting off the sunlight. As the climate rapidly cooled, plants died, food sources were snuffed out, and the glaciers advanced again. Ocean currents shifted, setting the climate into a colder, almost “ice age” state that lasted an additional thousand years. Finally, the climate began to warm again, and people again emerged into a world with fewer large animals and a human culture in North America that left behind completely different kinds of spear points.
This is the story supported by a massive study of geochemical and isotopic markers published in 2018 in the Journal of Geology.
“The hypothesis is that a large comet fragmented and the chunks impacted the Earth, causing this disaster”, said one researcher. “A number of different chemical signatures […] all seem to indicate that an astonishing 10 percent of the Earth’s land surface, or about 10 million square kilometers, was consumed by fires”. (1)
A new cosmos. Regenerated from the ashes of the old one.
We are afraid of destruction.
We are afraid of death.
But everything we see is the child of death.
All creation is the result of destruction.
Don’t be afraid of the dark.
You are part of it from the very beginning of existence…
The spectacular planetary nebula NGC 7009, or the Saturn Nebula, emerges from the darkness like a series of oddly-shaped bubbles, lit up in glorious pinks and blues. This colourful image was captured by the MUSE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT). The map – which reveals a wealth of intricate structures in the dust, including shells, a halo and a curious wave-like feature – will help astronomers understand how planetary nebulae develop their strange shapes and symmetries. (1)
The intense, seminal event that created the cosmos churned up so much hot, thick gas that light was completely trapped. Much later – perhaps as many as one billion years after the Big Bang – the universe expanded, became more transparent, and eventually filled up with galaxies, planets, stars, and other objects that give off visible light. That’s the universe we know today.
How it emerged from the cosmic dark ages to a clearer, light-filled state remains a mystery.
In a new study, researchers at the University of Iowa offer a theory of how that happened. They think black holes that dwell in the center of galaxies fling out matter so violently that the ejected material pierces its cloudy surroundings, allowing light to escape. The researchers arrived at their theory after observing a nearby galaxy from which ultraviolet light is escaping. (1)
Light came from darkness. With the help of black holes the cosmos filled with light. The creation was full of darkness. Light is the result of destruction…
The warmth of a father’s love has a special influence on young people, and makes them feel optimistic and determined to strive for greater things. It also boosts the math grades of teenage girls and the language ability of boys. (1)
Man is the symbol of destruction.
Mother the symbol of creation.
We love creation. We hate death.
But we need more of the latter in order to be complete again…