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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP28 May 2020 8:25 p.m. PST

….Possible Angle,' New Research Suggests

"When the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs hit Earth, it struck at an angle that maximized its destructive potential, according to new computer simulations of the catastrophic event.

The findings, published in new paper on Tuesday in Nature Communications, show that the dino-killing asteroid came from the northeast at an angle of between 45 and 60 degrees. In an associated press release, Gareth Collins, a geophysicist from Imperial College London and the lead researcher of the project, described it as a "worst-case scenario" when it made impact 66 million years ago.

"The asteroid strike unleashed an incredible amount of climate-changing gases into the atmosphere, triggering a chain of events that led to the extinction of the dinosaurs," he said. "This was likely worsened by the fact that it struck at one of the deadliest possible angles."…"
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