Asteroid that Killed Dinosaurs Hit at Worst Possible Angle

The asteroid which ended the age of dinosaurs struck Earth at the worst possible angle for the king of the lizards, a new study reveals.

Around 66 million years ago, an asteroid larger than Mt. Everest ripped through the atmosphere of Earth, striking our planet at the Yucatán Peninsula, on the southeastern coast of Mexico. This event set off fires around the globe, and the dust kicked into the air blocked out the Sun over large portions of the world. Soon, the era of dinosaurs, which lasted 175 million years, was snuffed out.

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