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Close Shave: Bus-Size Asteroid Buzzes Earth, Comes Closer Than The Moon

05/03/2014 1 comment

Another one closer than the moon. And this one was only discovered a few days ago. Certainly makes you wonder how many are out there that they’ve yet to discover …

By Tariq Malik, Space.com – “A small asteroid about the size of a city bus zipped by Earth at a range closer than the moon early Saturday (May 3), but posed no threat to our planet.

The newly discovered asteroid 2014 HL129 came within 186,000 miles (299,338 kilometers) of Earth when it made its closest approach on Saturday morning, which is close enough to pass between the planet and the orbit of the moon. The average distance between the Earth and moon is about 238,855 miles (384,400 km).

You can watch a video animation of asteroid 2014 HL129’s orbit around the sun on Space.com. The asteroid is about 25 feet (7.6 meters) wide, according to NASA’s Asteroid Watch project based at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. It made its closest approach to Earth at 4:13 a.m. EDT (0813 GMT).

Saturday’s close shave by asteroid 2014 HL129 came just days after its discovery on Wednesday, April 28 …” Read more.

What If An Asteroid Hit The Earth? – “An asteroid striking our planet — it’s the stuff of science fiction… An asteroid impact is also the stuff of science fact… Let’s say that an asteroid the size of a house crashed on Earth at 30,000 mph. It would have an amount of energy roughly equal to the bomb that fell on Hiroshima — perhaps 20 kilotons. An asteroid like this would flatten reinforced concrete buildings up to half a mile from ground zero, and flatten wooden structures perhaps a mile and a half from ground zero. It would, in other words, do extensive damage to any city… if an asteroid strikes Earth, it will be a really, really bad day no matter how big it is.” Read more.

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‘No Help Coming’: State Prepares Citizens For Possible EMP Attack

04/28/2014 2 comments

By F. Michael Maloof, WND – “Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed legislation to require the state’s Department of Emergency and Military Affairs to prepare materials outlining what citizens need to know to deal with either a natural or man-made electromagnetic pulse event that could knock out the vulnerable electrical grid system over a wide geographical region.

The legislation, SB 1476, was introduced by Sen. David Farnsworth, R-Mesa. It includes the type and quantity of food, water and medical supplies that each person should stockpile in case an EMP occurs over the U.S.

The legislation, however, doesn’t require actual hardening of the grid within the state.

‘In our lifetimes the emergencies we’ve seen have been local emergencies, and really all we have to do is be prepared enough to hang on until help arrives,’ Farnsworth said at the time he introduced it last February. ‘With an EMP, there’s no help coming.’

Under the legislation that now is law, the Arizona Division of Emergency Management is to post on its website recommendations such as the type and amount of supplies residents should stockpile to be prepared for an EMP event.

Farnsworth’s more immediate concern was the prospect of an EMP triggered by the detonation of a high-altitude nuclear weapon. The EMP would have the effect of knocking out the vulnerable grid system and any unprotected electronics.

‘My hope is that by bringing this out, we’ll start discussions and come to the realization that as a government we can’t feed all these people, but as responsible citizens we need to do our part and make individual preparations,’ he said at the time he introduced the legislation.

A co-sponsor of the legislation, Don Shooter, R-Yuma, had criticized the federal government for not taking a similar public education program.” Read more.

Homeland Security Advisor: America Is Not Ready For EMP Attack – “An EMP attack would have ‘catastrophic effects’ on American civilians, according to statements made by Peter Vincent Pry… Renowned One Second After author and EMP advisor Dr. William Forstchen estimated that approximately half a million people would die in just the first few moments after an EMP attack on the power grid. Fires caused by bursting power grid transformers, downed power lines, gas line eruptions, and falling airplanes could likely cause a massive loss of life. Massive fires after an EMP attack are rarely ever factored into either FEMA planning or even discussions by preppers themselves.” Read more.

Sun Unleashes Major Solar Flare, Triggers Temporary Communications Blackout On Some Parts Of Earth

04/26/2014 1 comment

Fortunately, it was temporary. This time …

By Tariq Malik, Space.com – “The sun erupted with a massive solar flare late Thursday (April 24), triggering a temporary communications blackout on some parts of Earth.

The powerful flare peaked at 8:27 p.m. EDT Thursday (0027 April 25 GMT), and ranked as an X1.3-class solar storm, one of the strongest types of flares the sun can experience, according to a report from the U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center. NASA’s sun-watching Solar Dynamics Observatory captured video of the intense solar flare in several difference wavelengths.

The solar flare erupted from an active sunspot region known as Region 2035 located on the far western side (or limb) of the sun as seen from Earth. Because of its position, the flare sparked a high-frequency radio blackout for about an hour on the daytime side of Earth, most likely over the Pacific Ocean and Eastern Pacific Rim, according to the SWPC update.

‘Region 2035 is rotating out of view and won’t pose any danger for much longer, but could in the immediate future,’ SWPC officials wrote in the update.

When aimed directly at Earth, X-class solar flares can endanger astronauts in space, as well as interfere with communications and navigation satellites in orbit. The most powerful X-class flares can also affect power grids and other infrastructure on the Earth.

Thursday’s solar flare was the fourth X-class solar flare of 2014. It followed an X1.2 solar flare on Jan. 7, a monster X4.9 solar flare on Feb. 24, as well as an X1 solar flare on March 29.” Read more.

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Again: Spectacular Fireball From Space Explodes Over Russian City (Video)

04/20/2014 Leave a comment

Fortunately, there are no reports of damage or injuries, this time …

RT – “A suspected meteorite explosion has been recorded by citizens of the northern Russian city of Murmansk.

Multiple drivers with dashcams out on the streets of the 300,000-people city at 2.10am on Saturday noticed a bright blue trail speed across the night sky, then explode while still in the air.

Most observers identified the object as a meteorite, though officials have neither confirmed it nor said where the fragments are likely to have landed. Others speculated that the object may have been space debris, re-entering the atmosphere.

Emergency services say there were no injuries as a result of the astral event.” Read more.

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‘A Wedding Of Martyrdom’: Palestinian TV Calls Suicide Bombers Who Killed For Allah “Stars” In The Skies

03/24/2014 5 comments

2 Corinthians 11:14-15, “But I am not surprised! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no wonder that his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. In the end they will get the punishment their wicked deeds deserve.”

According to the brother of suicide bomber Imad Zubeidi, their funerals were a “wedding of Martyrdom, not mourning.” As Christians, we understand that the Church (Ekklesia) is described metaphorically in Scripture as both the “Body of Christ” (Romans 12:5) and as the “Lamb’s wife” (Revelation 21:9) who will one day be joined with Him forever. Satan’s counterfeit of the Church, however, positions itself both against Christ and in place of Christ. This counterfeit is the “Ummah” of Islam and, as such, is therefore identifiable as the “Body of Antichrist” and as the “Great Harlot” in Revelation 17. Whereas the Church will one day forever be united with the Giver of everlasting life whom they serve, the “Great Harlot” will also be united with whom they serve and be bound to that which they today love for all eternity: death. To any Muslim readers who may have doubts and questions about Islam, I implore you to choose this day whom you will serve. Tomorrow may be too late …

Revelation 20:10, 14-15, “The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever… Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death…”

Official PA TV, 3/12/2014: “[Sister of suicide bomber Hbeishah]: He sought it [Martyrdom] for a long time. He would always pray: ‘Allah, make us live happily and die as Martyrs.’ Praise Allah, he achieved it… [Brother of suicide bomber Zubeidi]: For us, this is a wedding of Martyrdom — not mourning, but a wedding of Martyrdom… [PA TV Reporter]: The skies of Nablus adorn themselves with the stars who loved the soil of the homeland, in which they will life forever having returned to it as Maryrs (Shahids).” Watch video below for more info.

Physicist: Big Bang Breakthrough Confirms Creation, ‘To Deny This Now Is To Deny Scientific Fact’

03/19/2014 4 comments

Interestingly, in the vacuum of space, even God’s “big bang” would have been immeasurably silent …

Psalms 19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.”

Jeremiah 10:12, “It is He who made the earth by His power, Who established the world by His wisdom; And by His understanding He has stretched out the heavens.”

Uni = one. Verse = a spoken sentence. God said "Let there be", and there was ...

Uni = one. Verse = a spoken sentence. God said “Let there be”, and there was …

WND – “An Israeli physicist says the breakthrough scientific discovery of further evidence of the Big Bang theory, which some are calling ‘cosmology’s missing link,’confirms the universe was created.

‘One thing the announcement does do is make it clear that the universe had a definite starting point – a creation – as described in the book of Genesis,’ Bar Ilan University physics Professor Nathan Aviezer told the Times of Israel.

‘To deny this now is to deny scientific fact.’

A team of scientists headed by astronomer John M. Kovac of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics announced Monday it had found the evidence it was seeking to support the theory that the universe had a beginning.

The New York Times’ headlined it story ‘Space ripples Reveal Big Bang’s Smoking Gun.’

The report said radio astronomers had confirmed they had detected the beginning of the Big Bang, and a theory by physicist Alan Guth, now at MIT, regarding ‘inflation’ appeared to be correct.

Guth’s hypothesis was that the universe was ‘wrenched violently apart when it was roughly a trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second old.’

Kovac’s study detected ripples in the fabric of space-time, what some are calling gravitational waves, as a signature of the creation event.” Read more.

Flashback: Scientists Puzzled By Massive Gamma-Ray Burst In Space Suggesting A ‘Common Central Engine’ To ‘Contemporary’ And Distant Universe – “An exploded star some 3.8 billion light-years away is forcing scientists to overhaul much of what they thought they knew about gamma-ray bursts – intense blasts of radiation triggered, in this case, by a star tens of times more massive than the sun that exhausted its nuclear fuel, exploded, then collapsed to form a black hole. Last April, gamma rays from the blast struck detectors in gamma-ray observatories orbiting Earth, triggering a frenzy of space- and ground-based observations. Many of them fly in the face of explanations researchers have developed during the past 30 years …” Read more.

Flashback: Expert: Something Massive Might Be ‘Tilting’ The Universe, But We Have No Idea What It Is – “Scientists have started to look more carefully at the structure of the universe by analysing light from distant galaxies to look at the speed and direction of moving objects like planets and stars. They have observed that rather than moving apart as expected, some distant clusters of galaxies actually appear to be caught in a space current, much like a river. And they are moving at incredibly fast velocities or around two million miles an hour, along a certain path. Scientists are unsure why but have labeled the phenomenon ‘dark flow’. To work out why this must be happening, Glenn said scientists believe there must be ‘something huge out there.’” Read more.

Flashback: Planet-Forming Dust Disc Surrounding Distant Star Disappears, Astronomers Now Question How Planets Formed – “A disc of planet-forming dust around a distant star has disappeared unexpectedly, leaving astronomers scratching their heads and questioning current theories of how planets are formed. ‘It’s like the classic magician’s trick: Now you see it, now you don’t,’ said astronomer Carl Melis of UC San Diego, who led the team that discovered the phenomenon. ‘Only in this case, we’re talking about enough dust to fill an inner solar system and it is really gone.’ The team has proposed several possible explanations for the disappearance, but ‘none are really compelling,’ Melis said.” Read more.

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Oops: Senior Saudi Cleric Confirms The Qur’an Teaches That The Sun Revolves Around The Earth

03/17/2014 5 comments

Qur’an Sura 5:101a, “O ye who believe! Ask not questions about things which, if made plain to you, may cause you trouble …”

If the “holy” Qur’an were truly holy it would need to be divine in origin. To be divine in origin would necessitate that any and all its claims be free from error, be they historical or scientific. Science has shown us that the sun does not set in a spring of murky water. The Qur’an says otherwise (Sura 18:86).  Science has confirmed that the earth is spherical. The Qur’an says otherwise (Sura 2:22, 15:19, 50:7, 78:6-7, 88:20). Science discovered that the stars are not close to us. The Qur’an says otherwise (Sura 37:6). Science discovered that the moon does not emit light but rather reflects it. The Qur’an says otherwise (Sura 71:16). Science discovered that the earth did not exist before the creation of the universe. The Qur’an says otherwise (Sura 2:29). Science discovered that male sperm comes from the testicles, not from between the backbone and the ribs. The Qur’an says otherwise (Sura 86:6-7). Science discovered that flesh is formed before bones. The Qur’an, yet again, says otherwise (Sura 23:14). We can go on and on, but these blatant errors alone — embarrassing errors that Muslims are forced to somehow reinterpret, rationalize and otherwise explain away — all beg the question: What else in the “holy” Qur’an wrong about? …

Saudi Cleric Saleh Al-Fawzan, Member of the Saudi Council of Senior Scholars, 1/23/2014 – “[Interviewer]: Allah says in a Koranic verse: ‘And the sun runs towards its stopping point. That is the determination of the All-Powerful, the All-Knowing.’ Does the sun revolve around the earth? [Cleric]: There is no doubt about it. The Koran says: ‘The sun runs …’ Nevertheless, they say that the sun stands in place and the Earth moves. This contradicts the Koran… Ignoring the Koran and adopting modern theories is not something a Muslim can do. A Muslim must follow the Koran.”

Shot Across The Bow: Enormous Asteroid To Zip Between Earth And Moon Wednesday

03/04/2014 Leave a comment

We’ve been seeing a lot of close ones lately. It’s only a matter of time before one of these big ones hits …

FOX News – “Talk about a close shave!

An asteroid 100 feet wide is set to squeak past the Earth early Wednesday evening, soaring fewer than 218,000 miles from our planet — slightly closer than the orbit of the moon itself.

Called asteroid 2014 DX110, the extraterrestrial visitor will stay a safe distance away from our planet, experts say. But as it barrels by at 33,000 miles per hour, the comet will present quite a spectacle. You’ll be able to watch the flyby in a live webcast directly through the website of the Slooh space telescope, as well as the VirtualTelescope.com site.

‘We continue to discover these potentially hazardous asteroids — sometimes only days before they make their close approaches to Earth,’ Slooh’s technical and research director, Paul Cox said in a statement a few weeks ago, before a very similar asteroid was discovered zipping past our planet.

‘Slooh’s asteroid research campaign is gathering momentum with Slooh members using the Slooh robotic telescopes to monitor this huge population of potentially hazardous space rocks. We need to find them before they find us!’

DX110 will make its closest pass at 5:07 p.m. EST.

The flyby of DX110 comes just over a year after two major near-Earth object (NEO) events on Feb. 15, 2013. That day, as scientists were tracking the extremely close pass of the 98-foot asteroid 2012 DA14, another, unrelated space rock unexpectedly exploded above Chelyabinsk, Russia, causing substantial damage to buildings that injured more than 1,000 people with falling glass.” Read more.

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Sun Unleashes Monster Solar Flare, Biggest Of 2014

02/25/2014 Leave a comment
A massive X4.9 solar flare erupts from a long-lived sunspot on the sun at 00:49 GMT on Tuesday, Feb. 25 (7:49 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24 EST) in this view from one of many light wavelength observations by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.

A massive X4.9 solar flare erupts from a long-lived sunspot on the sun at 00:49 GMT on Tuesday, Feb. 25 (7:49 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24 EST) in this view from one of many light wavelength observations by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.

By Miriam Kramer, Space.com – “The sun fired off a major solar flare late Monday (Feb. 24), making it the most powerful sun eruption of the year so far and one of the strongest in recent years.

The massive X4.9-class solar flare erupted from an active sunspot, called AR1990, at 7:49 p.m. EST (0049 Feb. 25 GMT). NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured high-definition video of the monster solar flare. The spaceecraft recording amazing views the solar flare erupting with a giant burst of plasma, called a coronal mass ejection, or CME.

Earth isn’t in danger from the latest eruption of space weather activity, according to officials with Spaceweather.com, which tracks space weather and stargazing events. Sunspot AR1990 (previously named AR1967) is located on the southeastern limb of the sun, pointed away from Earth. This is the third time this sunspot has rotated onto the Earth-facing side of the sun.

‘Long-lived sunspot AR1967 returned to the Earthside of the sun on Feb. 25th and promptly erupted, producing an X4.9-class solar flare,’ astronomer Tony Phillips wrote in a Spaceweather.com alert. ‘This is the strongest flare of the year so far and one of the strongest of the current solar cycle.’

Earth isn’t totally out of the woods yet, however. This region of the sun is set to rotate more fully into view of Earth over the next week, according to officials with the NOAA-led Space Weather Prediction Center.” Read more.

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Amazing ‘Hand Of God’ Appears After Supernova Explosion

01/11/2014 1 comment

Psalms 19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.”

Interesting pareidolia. It may only be the remnants of an exploding star, but it does almost looks like a hand that is reaching out to grasp, oh, say, a crown of thorns. It even looks like there is a “wound” in the wrist area of the hand. According to CARM, when the Romans crucified their victims, the nails “were driven through the wrists between the radial and ulna bones and not through the palms since the nail would have ripped through the palm because the palm could not withstand all the weight of the body” …

A cloud that formed after a star exploded has been nicknamed the Hand of God by NASA astronomers. The object is a pulsar wind nebula. (Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/McGill)

A cloud that formed after a star exploded has been nicknamed the Hand of God by NASA astronomers. The object is a pulsar wind nebula. (Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/McGill)

The Toronto Sun – “NASA scientists have nicknamed a cloud that developed from an exploding star the Hand of God because of its shape.

The cloud is a pulsar wind nebula and is fuelled by the leftover, dense core of a star that blew up in a supernova explosion. The particles are interacting with magnetic fields around the material, causing it to glow with X-rays.

‘The result is a cloud that…looked like an open hand,’ NASA said on its website.

‘One of the big mysteries of this object is whether the pulsar particles are interacting with the material in a specific way to make it look like a hand, or if the material is in fact shaped like a hand.’

There is a second red cloud near the ‘fingertips’ of the Hand of God cloud. Astronomers think the pulsar’s wind is heating this cloud, causing it to glow.” Source – The Toronto Sun.

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Sun Unleashes Powerful X-Class Solar Flare Towards Earth, And More May Come

01/08/2014 1 comment

By Alan Boyle, NBC News – “The sun erupted with a powerful solar flare on Tuesday, disrupting radio traffic and sending a blast of electrically charged particles our way. And there may be more blasts to come.

The X1.2-class flare was recorded by sun-observing satellites, including NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, at about 2:32 p.m. ET. X-class flares are the strongest category of solar outbursts, although X1.2 is toward the category’s low end. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Prediction Center said the flare sparked a strong radio blackout.

For days, space weather forecasters have been bracing themselves for solar eruptions from a large active sunspot region called AR1944. This region has now turned to face Earth directly, which means strong solar flares are likely to send storms of charged particles — also known as coronal mass ejections, or CMEs — heading straight for us.

Strong solar storms can damage satellites and electrical grids. One such outburst in 1989 knocked out power for a wide swath of Quebec. And don’t get us started about the superstorm of 1859! …” Read more.

Huge Solar Flare Delays Private Rocket Launch to Space Station – “A huge solar unleashed by the sun has delayed plans to launch a private cargo ship to the International Space Station today (Jan. 8) due to worry over space weather radiation. The first major solar flare of 2014 erupted from a massive sunspot seven times the size of Earth on Tuesday (Jan. 7) after a series of mid-level sun storms in recent days.” Read more.

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‘Whopper Of A Fireball’: Large Meteor Explodes Over Arizona, ‘It Was Absolutely Enormous’

12/13/2013 1 comment

CNN – “A resounding boom over Tucson, Arizona, roused residents from their dinner tables Tuesday and had them pointing up to the sky.

With the largest meteor shower of the year around the corner, the heavens seemed to be giving them a sneak preview. A whopper of a fireball roared over their heads and exploded, rattling their houses.

A dash cam captured it on video as it vanished in a bright blaze.

The spectacular annual Geminid meteor shower kicks into high gear Thursday night, NASA said, and people around the world will be able to enjoy it.

Some of its meteors have already been dashing through Earth’s atmosphere. The agency recorded nine of them Tuesday night.

But the Tucson meteor did not appear to be one of them, said NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke, who analyzed the flying space rock after two NASA cameras in Arizona recorded it on video.

Traveling at 45,000 mph, it was too slow.

‘A Geminid moves at 78,000 mph,’ he said. And the direction it came from was not typical for a meteor from the big shower.

The Arizona fireball was just one of the handful of ‘sporadic background’ meteors that whiz through the atmosphere every day.

But this was a big one, Cooke confirmed. It weighed about 100 pounds and was about 16 inches thick. It made quite a bright flash, as it burned up in the atmosphere.

Even with 100 to 120 meteors per hour coming down during its peak on Friday and Saturday, the Geminid shower now has a tough act to follow.

Astronomer Tod Lauer heard the blast but did not bother to look outside.

‘We were eating dinner and heard a good bang that rattled the roof of our house. I dismissed it as a sonic boom,’ he posted to Facebook.

He realized it had to be more than that, when a local TV station phoned the scientist, who studies images from the Hubble Space Telescope, to ask him to explain what had happened.

Frantic eyewitnesses across the state called local news outlets to report what they saw.

The explosion shook Tony Kubrak’s house, too, he told CNN affiliate KGUN, which received a flood of calls and hundreds of posts to its Facebook page.

Kubrak went outside to check it out.

‘I see this tremendous, white, bright light in the western sky. And it was just … it was absolutely enormous, I couldn’t believe it.'” Read more.

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