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Let’s consider the word disaster, defined by Websters New Collegiate Dictionary as ‘a sudden calamitous event bringing great damage, loss or destruction.’ It is composed of two roots: dis and aster. Dis in the Latin variously means apart, opposite, deprive, exclude or expel. For example, disabled means to be deprived of certain abilities, to disbar means to expel from the bar, disarray means the opposite of array, and so on. The root aster comes from astro, meaning a star, or stars. The meaning for the prefix dis that most pertains to the word disaster is expel, implying an association between an event bringing about great damage and destruction and something expelled from the stars!


Let’s take another related example, the word catas- trophe. It is defined by Webster’s as “a momentous tragic event ranging from extreme misfortune to utter overthrow or ruin” and “a violent and sudden change in a feature of the earth.” Take a closer look at the word. At its heart lies ‘astro’, a star! Let us take it further. Cata comes from the Greek kata, which means ‘down.’ An example of its use is found in the word ‘catacomb’ which refers to a cavern or subterranean passage below, or down, relatively speaking. The Greek word katastro- phein, an etymological ancestor of catastrophe, means to overturn, or simply to turn. The word ‘strophe’ formed of the last two syllables, in Greek means ‘a turning, or whirling.’ So here we have an association of meanings in the original sense: the idea of utter overthrow or ruin, of a violent change in the Earth, directly related to the image of a star, turning or whirling down.


The implication of these two words could not be clearer. From whatever ultimate source they derive, it is obvious that somebody percieved a connection between great destruc- tive events and the consequences of Earth’s encounters with comets and asteroids, those expulsions of the stars, whirling around the Sun until, Phaeton-like, they descend down to Earth where they wreak their havoc and ruin.


But let’s get back to the consequences upon the Earth of encounters with descending stars and matter expelled from the stars. When a comet or asteroid encounters the Earth its fate can be varied, but ultimately ends with total destruction of the original object. If the object is small, say a few hundred feet or less, it will not survive its passage through the atmosphere, but will instead deposit most of its kinetic energy there. How far it penetrates into the atmosphere depends upon its size and density – the harder the object the closer it can come to the Earth’s surface before self-destructing. The Tunguska event of June, 1908 was of this variety. It was roughly 130 feet in diameter and was most likely an offspring of a comet, therefore relatively low in den- sity. When it exploded about 5 miles (8 km) up in the atmosphere it released energy equivalent to 15 or 20 million tons of TNT. This is virtually the same as the megaton yield of the largest American hydrogen bombs in the 1950s and 60s, enough to utterly destroy a major metropolitan area.


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