Tail of the Comet will snuff out the whole Planet

Camille Flammarion : Author, astronomer
In mid-May 1910 Halley’s Comet was at its closest point to Earth. The comet’s course meant that Earth would pass through its tail of cosmic dust, a tail that stretched nearly 40 million kilometers and which some proclaimed would poison all the world’s life out of existence. “would impregnate that atmosphere and possibly snuff out all life on the planet.”
Scientists and astronomers sought to reassure the public that there
was no danger.The press however was onto a great story – the impending
end of the world. Newspapers duly conveyed the public reaction to the revelations. The New York Times reported that “terror occasioned by the near approach of Halley’s comet has seized hold of a large part of the population of Chicago.” In Georgia people “were preparing safe rooms and covering even keyholes with paper,” according to the Atlanta Constitution.
On 19 May 1910 the earth came through the tail of Halley’s Comet unscathed.
The Chicago Tribune proclaimed ‘We’re Still Here’.