The Webcomic Guide to the Apocalypse: Early Tales of Comets Destroying…

In the Webcomic Guide to the Apocalypse, I've been drawing short comics about very early apocalyptic fiction. So far, I've covered stories about plagues and the dying Earth, and this week, we're looking above, to some 19th-century tales in which comets threaten to destroy human civilization—and sometimes extinguish… » 1/27/13 1:00pm 1/27/13 1:00pm

8 of the Weirdest Predictions for the End of the World

We know that the world isn't going to end on the 21st of December (or at least isn't more likely to end then than any other day), but it's always nice to remember that there's a firm precedent for the world not ending on schedule. It didn't end in 1844, when William Miller and Samuel S. Snow convinced the Millerites… » 12/09/12 7:00am 12/09/12 7:00am

Everything you need to know to catch this weekend's Orionid meteor…

The Orionid meteor shower — one of the year's most spectacular natural light shows — is upon us. This weekend, Earth will plow through a dense stream of celestial debris given off by Halley's Comet. These fragments of Halley will collide with the planet's atmosphere at speeds approaching 150,000 miles per hour,… » 10/19/12 11:12am 10/19/12 11:12am