1546 – Deep Impact (1998)

spacetime coordinates: 1998 / 1999 Virginia / Washington, D.C. / NYC +

Deep Impact is a 1998 American science-fiction disaster film directed by Mimi Leder, and starring Robert DuvallTéa LeoniElijah WoodVanessa RedgraveMaximilian Schell, and Morgan FreemanSteven Spielberg served as an executive producer of this film.

The film depicts the attempts to prepare for and destroy a 7-mile (11 km) wide comet set to collide with Earth and cause a mass extinction. (wiki)

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Armageddon vs. Deep Impact: 20 Years Later (IGN)

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Last year, the astrophysicist Adam Frank implored an audience at Google that we see climate change – and the newly baptised geological age of the Anthropocene – against this cosmological backdrop. The Anthropocene refers to the effects of humanity’s energy-intensive activities upon Earth. Could it be that we do not see evidence of space-faring galactic civilisations because, due to resource exhaustion and subsequent climate collapse, none of them ever get that far? If so, why should we be any different?

A few months after Frank’s talk, in October 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s update on global warming caused a stir. It predicted a sombre future if we do not decarbonise. And in May, amid Extinction Rebellion’s protests, a new climate report upped the ante, warning: “Human life on earth may be on the way to extinction.”


… apocalyptic prophecies are designed to reveal the ultimate moral meaning of things. It’s in the name: apocalypse means revelation. Extinction, by direct contrast, reveals precisely nothing and this is because it instead predicts the end of meaning and morality itself – if there are no humans, there is nothing humanly meaningful left.

The end of the world: a history of how a silent cosmos led humans to fear the worst










Our Visions of the Future Determine Our Society Today

“The future may not look like satanic mills in space, after all.”