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Comet Madness

This month, we welcome Dr. Richard J. Goodrich, historian and author of Comet Madness: How the 1910 Return of Halley’s Comet (almost) Destroyed Civilization, as our guest speaker. A wide range of new and seasoned members gathered for an entertaining presentation about the comet’s 1910 return and the reasons that many believed the earth would not survive the encounter. After twenty years teaching in British and US universities, Richard (Ph.D., University of St Andrews) resigned his position to pursue a full-time writing career. His interests range from Ancient History (the Roman Empire and early Church history) to the modern age. Learn more at his website: The meeting coincides with the peak of the Orionid meteor shower. however Richard brought the clouds with him so spotting shooting stars proved difficult.

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