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An Ancient Star Gave Earth A 'Close Call,' But How Close?

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Scientists have found evidence that a star passed through our solar system just 70,000 years ago: the closest star flyby ever. Follow Sebastian Martinez: http://www.twitter.com/SebastianSings See more at http://www.newsy.com Sources: NASA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hL9OHXw_-A8 The University of Rochester http://www.rochester.edu/newscenter/scholz-star/ Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/gsfc/13388930593/in/photolist-mp8LAV-msGPm2-4uyVRP-i2yq3D-eeUnTA-hKUZhk-hKVoUG-pqQ8Xi-hKW6hc-hKVLPG-hKUYMH-hKVLGs-oHNJD-hKVnC3-hKW5R2-hKUXQx-hKW5Zi-hKUXZF-hKW4WM-hEXNxZ-84C9w5-7TKvBX-aMWqeX-aMWqeK-aMWqeR-aMWqen-6rsv8D-b6Rg2D-hoD5F4-e9owc-3GZFGP-5Rez26-aMWqeg-aXSH8T-6FyuG-ejTbU-gDzcGx-caQmhw-chKWMs-caQnS9-caQm3C-caQnnW-caQnb1-caQnEU-ef3Tmw Discovery https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8Ij9xboreA European Southern Observatory https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-zZxgQw7eA Image via: Michael Osadciw / University of Rochester http://www.eurekalert.org/multimedia/pub/86877.php
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Arsalan Khan (2 years ago)
Sholz's star passage and Human bottleneck both happened about 70,000 years ago. Millions of humans were reduced to only few thousands apparently due to the effects of Toba supervolcanic eruption. The paasage of Sholz's star also happened nearly at the same time and possibly it may related to the near extinction of humans.
Leila Smith (3 years ago)
Rouge stars zipping around the galaxy, make space more terrifying why not.
Roger Kreil (3 years ago)
Maybe what they meant was that Neptune was the nearest planet to the red dwarf.
Charles Dahmital (3 years ago)
+Roger Kreil That is how I understood it.
Good job for putting the AU unjt into perspective.
Danarogon (3 years ago)
Neptune is the nearest planet eh? That would make sense if perhaps you are broadcasting from Uranus...
Bose-Einstein (3 years ago)
1:20 Nearest planet? Whoever writes the script for this should leave this channel. Also, who ever checks these for errors before uploading should leave as well. This isn't a small mistake. I can't believe the person reading this read it and didn't say anything either. 
fokGoogol (3 years ago)
1:17 - Neptune is our nearest planet?   O_O
Njumkiy (3 years ago)
+Baily Wassup Yup
Baily Wassup (3 years ago)
+Njumkiy Lets Play you got owned dude
Njumkiy (3 years ago)
Mk
fokGoogol (3 years ago)
+Njumkiy Lets Play : "How far is four point eight million miles? Well ... it's close to two thousand times as far as OUR NEAREST PLANET; NEPTUNE." It would take a considerable amount of will power to forge that quote into something forgivable.
Njumkiy (3 years ago)
Nearest to the star >.<
Konrad Stankiewicz (3 years ago)
1:20 nearest planet is neptune? WTF Newsy

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