Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice. The scientists of 1939 would like to add "moon explosion" and "giant meteor" to that list—and they created some terrifying paintings to show you just what humanity's demise will look like. Popular Science published those apocalyptic illustrations, along with a very upsetting three-page article, in its September 1939 issue.
In the image above, thousands of people run from Manhattan as meteors streak down around them. But their flight is futile, because a city-sized asteroid is about one nanosecond away from obliterating the Eastern time zone. "People that it missed would still be threatened, not only by terrible earthquakes, but even more by a searing air blast of hurricane velocity that would mushroom out from the point of impact," Popular Science explains.
Read on for more vintage terror.
Look at those stylish men and women, fanning themselves on the beach as a metropolis burns to ash in the distance. Do they know they are about to die?
This lonely, icy scene takes place not at one of Earth's frozen poles, but at its equator. The sun is dying, slowly, and so are the four humans in this painting.
If Earth manages to avoid a sun-burst, sun-death, and giant meteors, it will be our own moon that finally does us in.
Finally, Popular Science explains, the moon will get so close to Earth that it will experience "land tides," causing our satellite to burst into rocky chunks that then rain down on Earth, "completing the destruction of anything alive." The rest of the moon pieces will orbit around Earth in a ring, and our planet will live out its days like a grotesque version of Saturn.
Whew! Glad that's over. Read the full story in the September 1939 issue of Popular Science.
So.... A meteor so large that it dwarfs the skyscrapers is coming down close enough that you can see it and you run? Paint some people with some sense! Running is pointless. You dead, sucka.
My favorite is where they slowly freeze to death.
Yes, we got past 21st 2012!
Now we have a bozo in N.Korea rattling honking his horn.
We will all be fine!
Wait so in the words of detective Deeks from NCIS Los Angeles " he was frelted?"
or are we gonna be turned into crisps by our own sun, and crushed by the moon?
I dont know about you guys, but I think that eventually teleporting to a planet able to sustain life is the was to go...
Little did then know then that the Moon is moving away and in 2 billion years it will be nearly a million miles away (it's about 235,000 miles away now--225,000 to 251,000 as it's not a circular but oval orbit). Tides will grow weaker and the Earth's spin slower. So much so that a day become 40 days long instead of 24 hours! that's not good for life as the night's will be equally long and colder than hell. But will probably be long gone before that as the Sun enter's it's red giant stage and swallows us both up.
just scanned your proxy FlyBoy...
you really do have the end of the world in your head to be that alone LOL snort ...
No facts, No response...
If the humans do not kill themselves off in 2 billion years, we and life on Earth will just evolve and adapt to a changing moon. The moon is the least of our worries. Take care. ;)
Here is something interesting for you to read and comment about:
In 2039, the "global warming" scenario will be amusing readers of Pop Sci, (holographic version).