Asteroid May Hit Earth



Note: I understand the impact of this object has been ruled out.
http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news138.html

However, "The Problem" still exists. Google for:
"Scientists Working to Deflect Asteroids Threatening Earth"


Discovery Channel :: September 02, 2003 EDT

Asteroid May Hit Earth March 21, 2014 AFP

Asteroid
Artist's Rendition Of An Asteroid Impact

Sept. 2, 2003 British astronomers monitoring near-Earth objects said Tuesday there was a slim chance that a newly-discovered asteroid could hit Earth in March 2014.

The large rock known as 2003 QQ47 has a mass of around 2.6 billion tons, and is around two-thirds of a mile wide. The possible collision on March 21, 2014, has been classified as "an event meriting careful monitoring" on the Torino scale, which rates the chances of newly discovered asteroids and comets hitting the Earth.

The asteroid is around one-tenth of the size of the meteor that is believed to have wiped out dinosaurs on Earth 65 million years ago. In the unlikely event of 2003 QQ47 hitting Earth, the rock would have the force of 350,000 megatons around eight million times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped over Hiroshima, Japan in 1945.

On impact it would be traveling at 75,000 miles per hour. But astronomers say the probability of such a collision was just one in 909,000, and while they could make an educated guess as to the day of impact, they could not reckon exactly where it would be. "As additional observations are made over the coming months, and the uncertainties decrease, asteroid 2003 QQ47 is likely to drop down the Torino scale," said Kevin Yates, project manager of the near-Earth object information center in Leicestershire, central England. The center was set up by the British government to keep track and provide reliable information on near-Earth objects, also known as NEOs.

Asteroids such as 2003 QQ47 are chunks of rock left over from the formation of the solar system 4.5 billion years ago. Most are kept at a safe distance from Earth in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. But the gravitational influence of giant planets such as Jupiter can nudge asteroids out of these safe orbits and send them plunging into the Earth's neighborhood.



Note: I understand the impact of this object has been ruled out.
http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news138.html

However, "The Problem" still exists. Google for:
"Scientists Working to Deflect Asteroids Threatening Earth"

or try:
http://www.physorg.com/news91283514.html


NO SINGLE ASTEROID
Bible prophecy indicates that the sensationalized fears of a single large impact may not be accurate. According to the description in the apocalyptic writings of John, there will be many impacts, like "hail out of heaven," rather than one impact. This description by John seems to indicate thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of stones about a hundred pounds each striking the entire earth. That would require the "meteriorite storm" to last 18 to 24 hours. Revelation 16:21 "And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great."

The end of modern civilization, or the end of this world, will not be a "natural catastrophy," althogh natural events will be involved. What will bring the end of the world is the word of God. "The heavens and earth shall pass away, but my word will not pass away." Luke 21:33, 2 Peter 3:10.


METEORITES FALLING LIKE HAIL FROM THE SKY!

"And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great." Rev 16:21

During the time of the seventh Vial, during the last weeks of Daniel's 70th week, there will be a rain, or "Hail," of rocks fall on all the earth for about twenty-four hours. For most of a night and day meteorites weighing from 75 to 125 lbs (approximately 45 kg) falling at velocity from 100 to 125 miles per hour (about 55 ms) will strike every inhabited area of the world.

This hail of rocks may fall like a cape being drawn along the ground, so that it covers an area briefly, passes over, then moves on; or this hail may last for hours over the entire surface of the world.

All areas may or may not be saturated evenly. In some areas as few as ten or twenty may strike inside a country mile, or a city block, while other areas may be struck by hundreds or thousands. Some may approach from an angle, while others fall straight down.

These "hail stones" will have an impact force of about 1,000 foot-pounds. This is roughly equal to being hit by a bullet fired from a military rifle. The difference is that the bullet makes a little hole as it passes through, while the stone will just crush what it hits.

Not many buildings can withstand the impact of a cannon ball weighing 45 kg fired at 55 m/s. A single impact on any average building will make a hole through wall or roof, and several impacts will destroy most small buildings.

"And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great." Rev 16:21

This Plague of Hail will not fall on God's People, but on the world that rejected God and killed His two witnesses. This fact is revealed in the words "men blasphemed God..." This is not God's People these hailstones fall on, but men who will "blaspheme God, and die."


HOW WILL THIS PLAGUE HAPPEN?
What would be the approximate mass and velocity of a "rock" entering the atmosphere in order for it to --
a) strike the earth at a terminal velocity of approximately 55 m/s, and
b) weigh (mass) about 45 kilograms? (About a "talent.")

1, The 'rock' (asteroid) will hit the atmosphere, become a meteor and burn,
2, The remnant of the meteor will slow due to atmospheric breaking,
3, The remaining 'stone' (meteorite) will fall at terminal velocity (about 55 m/s),
4, and hit the earth with a mass of about 45 kg.


WHERE WILL THIS PLAGUE COME FROM?
First, there is not one object (asteroid) or "stone" -- there are thousands, hundreds of thousands, millions.

This cloud (or "swarm") of asteroids is moving toward the Sun in a long cloud, so that the earth will pass through the cloud, and meteorites (stones) will fall on the earth for about 24 hours.

This swarm (or cloud) of asteroids may be as long 25 to 50 thousands, or hundreds of thousands, of miles. It may be 25 to 50 thousands of miles in diameter.

The cloud is so dense; there are so many asteroids that hundreds of thousands, or millions, of meteorites (stones) will fall all over the earth.

Since such a cloud is approaching the earth, when will astronomers detect it? How long, before it begins to strike the earth, will Astronomers be able to see it?


SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS
There are near infinite directions from which a swarm of asteroids could approach the earth. However, an approach near the plane of the ecliptic seems most reasonable. Four general directions seem likely: from behind, or following, the direction of the sun's galactic orbit, or from ahead. The approach may be from inside the central area of the galaxy, or from outside moving inward.

If this cloud of asteroids approaches earth from the direction of the sun, falling bodies would strike the dayside of earth. An approach from the side away from sol would mean the falling bodies would strike the night side of earth.

In either case, it seems likely that the approach of the asteroids should be visible as they strike the planets between the cloud and the sun, or between the cloud and the earth.

That is, if the cloud enters the solar system on the same side of the sun as the earth, and crosses the orbits of the outer planets, the impacts of those bodies should be visible to astronomers.

On the other hand, if the cloud enters the solar system on the side of the sun away from the earth, then impacts on the outer planets should still be visible to astronomers, and those that fall into the sun would be visible during the day as comets.

In either case, depending on the velocity of the swarm of asteroids, the approach should be visible for some time, giving World Governments and People some time for preparation.

This, in fact, is a sign: "There shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken." Luke 21:25-26.

Yes, men will see what is coming on the earth.


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credits:
Asteroid May Hit Earth March 2014, Discovery Channel
http://dsc.discovery.com/news/afp/20030901/asteroid.html

Picture(s): NASA

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