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Will We Survive? An Asteroid on a Collision Course with Earth Heralds a New Age When Super Comet Premieres Jan. 20 on Discovery Channel and Discovery HD
A gigantic asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago - and we could soon be next. Experts can't pinpoint when it will happen or where the asteroid will strike - only that it will happen. When the next catastrophic asteroid collides with Earth - perhaps in 1,000 years' time or perhaps tomorrow - will humanity suffer the same fate as the dinosaurs? Premiering Sun., Jan. 20 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT on Discovery HD - Super Comet envisions that future.
In the aftermath of a devastating impact, the planet revolts with earthquakes, tsunamis and infernos. The few animals and people still alive struggle to survive under adverse conditions. In a catastrophe of epic proportions, the Earth is plunged into a global winter and suffers mass extinction. In the history of the planet, devastation of this magnitude has changed the course of evolution, and with destruction comes the environment for change - and even progress. If the dinosaurs hadn't become extinct, humans might never have had the chance to evolve. This two-hour special forecasts the dawn of a new age - the era of the conquerors - in which the human race, too, must carve out a new place.