The Bible says a star announced the birth of Jesus. Now geologists say a meteor that landed in Italy in 312 AD may have been seen as a sign from God by the Roman emperor Constantine, causing him to convert to Christianity, saving the religion from almost certain demise.

Constantine saw a blazing light cross the sky just before he went into battle, and he attributed his victory to divine help from the Christian God. Once in power, he stopped the persecution of Christians and gave their religion official status. Without his recognition, what was then a small and oppressed religious movement might have died out.
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A meteor that exploded over central Europe in 2002 had almost the identical orbit as a meteorite that fell to Earth in 1959. Despite this, the two meteorites were not similar in composition, so they didn’t have the same origin. Does this mean that there’s some kind of orbit close to the Earth that attracts space rocks?

Researchers say, “This paired meteorite fall is probably not a coincidence,” but don’t know why the two meteorites were in the same orbit. They were also different ages: The 2002 meteorite had been in space for 48 million years but the 1959 object was around for only 12 million years before falling to Earth.

No matter what falls out of the sky, remember: There’s no such thing as doomsday?reassuring advice for troubled times.

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Scientists have discovered the first evidence that a devastating meteor impact in the Middle East might have triggered the mysterious collapse of civilizations there more than 4,000 years ago.

Studies of satellite images of southern Iraq have revealed a two-mile-wide circular depression which scientists say looks like an impact crater. The meteor impact would have been equivalent to hundreds of nuclear bombs, causing devastating fires and flooding.
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Shades of the biblical plagues and the 6th Century catastrophe reported on Unknowncountry last week, where mysterious yellow dust was reported falling from skies .

A mysterious red rain recently fell in the Southern Indian State of Kerala, accompanied by collapsing wells and a plague of black insects.

It was originally thought that the red rain might have been caused by dust kicked up by small earthquakes, although no quakes were measured. This could also explain the tiny black insects that rained from the sky at the same time.
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