A supernova may have caused Earth’s mass extinction 359 million years ago

A supernova may have caused Earth’s mass extinction 359 million years ago
Credit: Unsplash: Joel Filipe
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Jesse Miller, left, Zhenghai Liu, seated, Adrienne Ertel and professor Brian Fields. Image credit: Photo by L. Brian Stauffer
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A look at what the landscape may have looked like at the end of the Devonian period. Image credit: Eduard Riou (1838–1900) from The World Before the Deluge (1872).
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Pictured is a simulation of a nearby supernova colliding with and compressing the solar wind. Earth’s orbit, the blue dashed circle, and the Sun, red dot, are shown for scale. Image credit: Jesse Miller

This article was originally published on The Cosmic Companion by James Maynard, founder and publisher of The Cosmic Companion. He is a New England native turned desert rat in Tucson, where he lives with his lovely wife, Nicole, and Max the Cat. You can read this original piece here.

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