In this presentation we will look at the Comets, data about the alleged “Planet X” and we will review a few of the predictions about “The End of The World”. To help us understand Comets and Planet X, we will look at scale of the Solar System and discuss Amateur Astronomer Observations. To understand what comets are we will look at some data from Comet Wild 2, Comet Halley, Comet Tempel 1 and data from missions to Comets by the “Stardust” and “Deep Impact” Probes.
We will look at the story of Comet Hale Bopp and the troubling way it was linked to an end-of-the-world prediction. We will look at some past impact events on earth such as The Tunguska Event of 1908, the decimation of England in 562AD by a Cometary or Asteroid Impact (which may have created the so called “Dark Ages”). We will try to sort out the truth from the hype and fear-mongering and come to some kind of sensible conclusion.