Near the end of the last Ice Age 12,800 years ago, a giant comet that had entered the solar system from deep space thousands of years earlier, broke into multiple fragments.
Astronomers believe that a 20-mile wide dark fragment of the original giant comet remains hidden within the debris stream and poses a clear and present danger to all life on Earth.
A series of papers in geophysics and geological journals have been bringing forward evidence that the Earth was indeed hit by a comet 12,800 years ago.
Former journalist Graham Hancock suggests in his latest work Magicians of the Gods, to have discovered evidence that a huge chunk of flaming rock up to 30kms wide, hidden in a comet stream, could hit Earth with devastating effects in the near future. “The debris stream of the comet is still on an orbit that crosses the orbit of the Earth.”
Mr Hancock, says it will prove “beyond reasonable doubt” that a sophisticated civilisation was all but wiped off the face of the our planet by chunks of the same comet between 11,600 and 12,800 years ago.
Mr Hancock, alarmingly, claims research shows Earth could again pass through the same section of the trail of comet Encke, containing the up to 20-mile wide monster in 2030.