And what better way to return from our usual hiatus (during which we've been plotting the next issue of THE END IS NIGH) than the news that we have ONLY A MATTER OF YEARS LEFT TO EXIST!!!!!
Well, 1.5 million years, at any rate ...
there is 86 percent chance that Gliese 710 will plough through the Oort Cloud of frozen stuff that extends some 0.5 parsecs into space.
That may sound like a graze but it is likely to have serious consequences. Such an approach would send an almighty shower of comets into the Solar System which will force us to keep our heads down for a while. And a probability of 86 percent is about as close to certainty as this kind of data can get.
The good news is that Bobylev says the chances of Gliese 710 penetrating further into the Solar System, inside the Kuiper Belt, are much smaller, just 1 in a 1000. So that's all right, then.
Keep calm and carry on.And don't forget that you can still order your very own copy of THE END IS NIGH #4 by going to www.endisnigh.co.uk and clicking on 'BUY'. G'warn, do it - you know you want to!