Prophecy Sign: Cosmic signs in the Sky
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
How would Earth cope if an asteroid threatened to wipe out mankind?
The European Space Agency (ESA) has launched its first exercise to examine how the world would cope if an asteroid was on collision course with planet Earth. Experts from the ESA's Space Situational Awareness programme and Europe's national disaster response organisation met for the two-day exercise. Researchers went through a countdown to impact, practising steps that would be taken if near-Earth objects (NEO) of various sizes were detected approaching Earth. Experts explored the possible threat that would be posed if an asteroid ranging between 12m and 38m in size – roughly the size of the 2013 Chelyabinsk airburst – was hurtling towards earth at 12.5km per second. Teams were challenged to decide what should happen at five critical points: 30, 26, five and three days before impact; and one hour after impact. They also examined questions such as: how should Europe react? Who would need to know? What type of information should be distributed and to whom?
We would only get three days warning of where an asteroid would hit
Have you ever wondered what sort of panic people would fly into if you knew a huge asteroid was hurtling towards us? Well it turns out we would have to squeeze all the looting and boozing into a pretty short time frame, as we could get as little as three days of warning. The European Space Agency (ESA) ran a simulation recently of what would happen in the event of an asteroid where to hit earth. The hypothetical asteroids they considered ranged in size from 60 to 120 feet in diameter – which isn’t big enough to destroy the world, but it would make quite a big mess wherever it landed. Despite the apparently limit warning we would get, the team who conducted the simulation believe it is enough to save lives.