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Friday, November 8, 2013

Russian Meteor Blast 'A Warning For Earth'

Prophecy Sign:  Cosmic events in the heavens

Meteors and asteroids have been much in the news of late as reports of fireballs come in from all parts of the globe.  The biggest of these recent events being the Russian meteor explosion earlier this year.  Scientists are now saying that the Russian event may not be as uncommon as first thought and that earth may be in line for more of these events.  According to one of the news reports below, even a strike by a meteor of less than 100 feet in diameter could potential kill as many as 80,000 people.
Bible prophecy describes an event that seems very much like a collision between earth and one of these celestial bodies.

The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water—  the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter. Revelation 8:10-11 NIV

Russian Meteor Blast 'A Warning For Earth'
The meteor strike that injured hundreds of people in Russia earlier this year could have been much more dangerous according to new research, and scientists say it "shows that the Earth is vulnerable". The violent explosion on February 18 saw the 20-metre space rock split into fragments miles above the city of Chelyabinsk and was the biggest blast of its kind in more than 100 years. It briefly outshone the sun and inflicted severe burns on observers below, as well as smashing windows and rattling buildings. But researchers say a more solid rock would have caused greater damage and casualties. 

NASA: New Chelyabinsk-like meteor strike 7-times as likely as thought
New research out of NASA suggests the odds of the Earth being rocked by another meteorite on par with the one that unexpectedly shook Chelyabinsk, Russia earlier this year are higher than previously estimated. On Wednesday this week, officials with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced their latest findings regarding February’s meteorite, and it isn’t good news for anyone alarmed that another soaring chunk of rock could come ripping through Earth’s atmosphere. Scientists say that the Chelyabinsk meteorite was the largest foreign body to hit Earth in almost a century, and similar ones could soon be on the way. Bill Cooke, who leads NASA’s meteoroid environment office at the agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center, said during a press conference this week that there is a pretty good chance of seeing something similar in the near future. 

Russian meteor shows 20,000,000 space rocks threaten Earth, scientists warn

Scientists warn U.S. unprepared if asteroid strikes

Space Rocks Could Kill Hundreds of Thousands
Scientists say the danger of space rocks smashing into Earth is greater than they thought. They began re-assessing the threat after a meteor exploded over a Russian city in February without warning. It flew through the sky at 42,000 miles an hour and exploded in the air with the force of 40 Hiroshima-type atomic bombs. No one saw it coming because it came from the direction of the sun. Now scientists say the biggest danger is from smaller space rocks, like the one that hit Russia, which was 62 feet wide. Those rocks are far more likely to hit Earth than a bigger meteor and might be easily missed by astronomers. Though considered "small," if they hit, they could devastate cities. One simulation showed such an impact in the right area could kill nearly 80,000 people.

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