A Star Passed Through the Solar System Just 70,000 Years Ago

At a time when modern man was emerging from the shadows, Neandertal man was nearing extinction, a binary star system passed through the outer reaches of our Solar System. (Credit: Michael Osadciw/University of Rochester)

At a time when modern man was emerging from the shadows, Neandertal man was nearing extinction, a binary star system passed through the outer reaches of our Solar System. (Credit: Michael Osadciw/University of Rochester)

Astronomers have reported the discovery of a star that passed within the outer reaches of our Solar System just 70,000 years ago, when early humans were beginning to take a foothold here on Earth. The stellar flyby was likely close enough to have influenced the orbits of comets in the outer Oort Cloud, but Neandertals and Cro Magnons – our early ancestors – were not in danger. But now astronomers are ready to look for more stars like this one.

(…)
Read the rest of A Star Passed Through the Solar System Just 70,000 Years Ago (806 words)


© Tim Reyes for Universe Today, 2015. |
Permalink |
No comment |

Post tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Feed enhanced by Better Feed —> Read More Here

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *