BLOOD MOON: Next red moon will be biggest of the 21st century

Ciaran McGrath – June 21, 2018

NEXT month’s “blood moon” eclipse will be the biggest the world has witnessed so far this century, with large swathes of Europe in line for a spectacular visual display on the night of July 27.

And if that isn’t enough to whet the appetites of amateur stargazers, Mars will the closest to Earth it has been since 2003.

During a total lunar eclipse, the sunlight which reaches the Moon is refracted by Earth’s atmosphere, which filters out the Sun’s blue light – making the moon look red.

Next month’s eclipse will be especially long because the Moon will pass almost directly through the centre of the Earth’s shadow or umbra.

The Earth will be at its furthest point from the Sun on the day in question, allowing it to cast a bigger shadow.

And the Moon will be at its most distant point in its monthly orbit around the Earth.

Writing on the earthsky.org website, Bruce McClure said next month’s blood moon would last an hour and 43 minutes.He said: “This lunar eclipse is primarily visible from the world’s Eastern Hemisphere – Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

https://www.express.co.uk

Giant Asteroid Headed Toward Earth is Visible to Human Eye

Sputnik News – June 27, 2018

A giant asteroid is heading toward planet Earth and it is now so close that it can be seen by the human eye.

Amazingly the giant asteroid named 4 Vesta is four times bigger than United Kingdom and it can be seen from both the Earth’s hemispheres.

In an animated video released by NASA the space rock can be seen to have many craters which may have been caused by a large crash that occurred in the past.

From Earth 4 Vesta is visible as a dim yellow dot as it has come so close to our planet in 20 years.

​The space rock will be visible until July 16.

There are millions of asteroids in the solar system and most of them are usually found in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

https://sputniknews.com

Star Gazers Rejoice! Earth’s Closest Encounter With Mars in 15 Years

Sputnik News – June 17, 2018

July will be the closest Mars has come to Earth in 15 years, providing a golden opportunity for spectacular nighttime watching, according to The Weather Channel.

The reason is that Earth will pass between Mars and the sun and will be closest to the red planet on July 31 — an estimated 35.8 million miles away. Mars will be notably visible to the naked eye all the way through July, but a telescope may come in handy to get a really vicarious thrill.

So-called perihelic opposition accounts for the phenomenon; expressed in simpler terms, this is when Earth passes straight between the red planet and the sun. According to NASA, perihelic opposition is a rare event as occurs only once every 15 to 17 years, when Earth and Mars’s orbits align to bring the two planets close together, thus pleasing sky gazers with fantastic views.

https://sputniknews.com

Asteroid warning: Space rock as big as a HOUSE on ‘uncertain orbit’ to skim Earth in DAYS

Jon Austin – January 16, 2018

The space rock had been invisible to astronomers until January 5, but scientists quickly calculated the asteroid, named 2018 AJ, will fly past Earth Tuesday, January 23.

But NASA admits it is not yet certain of its orbital path.

New asteroids are given a condition code of between 0 to 9 based on how certain astronomers are about its course.

Zero means they are fairly certain, but 9 is classed as “highly uncertain”.

It is currently believed it will pass at a comfortable 4.6 times the distance from Earth to the Moon.

The Moon is 238,000 miles from Earth and this pass, currently estimated at around 1.1 million miles, is considered a cat’s whisker in astronomical terms.

NASA considers and monitors anything which comes within six million miles of our planet as a near earth asteroid.

The asteroid is estimated to be between 22 and 68 metres in diameter, meaning it is bigger than a three-storey house.

https://www.express.co.uk

Direct CME hit expected, G3 Strong geomagnetic storm watch issued

– September 05, 2017

An asymmetric full halo Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) produced by the M5.5 solar flare at 20:33 UTC on September 4, 2017 is traveling toward Earth and is expected to arrive late on September 6. G3 – Strong geomagnetic storm watch is in effect for September 6 and 7.

Region responsible for this eruption – AR 2673 – grew vigorously from September 2 to 4, quickly becoming one of the largest sunspots of the year. It now has ‘beta-gamma-delta’ magnetic configuration and harbors energy for both M-class (71% chance) and X-class (25% chance) solar flares over the next three days.

The region is now moving away from the center of the Earth-facing Sun but Earth-directed CMEs are still very much likely.

https://watchers.news

Giant asteroid ‘Florence’ whizzes past Earth revealing two moons (IMAGES, VIDEOS)

RT – September 2, 2017

The largest asteroid to come so close to Earth in over a century whizzed by the planet Friday without a hitch – and revealed two tiny moons in the process.

The highly anticipated asteroid ‘3122 Florence,’ measuring a whopping 2.8 miles (4.5 kilometers) in width, came within 4.4 million miles (7 million km) of Earth. The gap is the equivalent of 18 times the distance from our planet to the moon.

“Florence is the largest asteroid to pass by our planet this close since the NASA program to detect and track near-Earth asteroids began,” Paul Chodas, of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said of the fly-by.

Radar images of the giant rock obtained from NASA’s Goldstone Solar System center in California have provided the first-up close views of Florence, named after 19th-century English nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale.

https://www.rt.com

A THREE MILE wide asteroid is set to graze past Earth on Sept. 1 – and NASA says it’s the largest to come this close since they began keeping track

Cheyenne Macdonald – August 18, 2017

A massive asteroid estimated to be 2.7 miles wide is set to make a ‘relatively close encounter’ with Earth on September 1.

Dubbed ‘Florence,’ the huge space rock will pass just 4.4 million miles from our planet – or, about 18 times the distance between Earth and the moon.

According to NASA, this is the closest an asteroid of this size has come since they first began tracking near-Earth objects, giving scientists an unprecedented opportunity to study it up close through ground-based radar observations.

While it may sound alarming, NASA says asteroid Florence will safely fly past Earth at a distance of about 4.4 million miles (7 million kilometers).

http://www.dailymail.co.uk

Gigantic coronal hole opens up on the sun: Geomagnetic storms during peak of Perseid meteor shower on August 12th

Strange Sounds – Aug 10, 2017

A gigantic coronal hole has opened in the sun’s atmosphere just behind sunspot AR2670.

And it is turning toward Earth… Weak geomagnetic storms should occur on Earth during the peak of the Perseid meteor shower on August 12th. Imagine a disintegrating fireball in a green glow.

Such a hole is a region where the sun’s magnetic field has peeled back and allows gaseous material to escape. A stream of solar wind flowing from this hole will reach Earth on August 12th, during the peak of the Perseid meteor shower.

Imagine a disintegrating fireball exploding through the green glow of an aurora. Awesome!

http://strangesounds.org

Approaching asteroid ignites end-times talk

WND – July 25, 2017

In the end times, the skies will be filled with portents and terrors. Massive objects will fall from the heavens and wreak destruction on the Earth.

Now, one rabbi says that may not be that far away at all.

The asteroid Apophis, named after an Egyptian god of chaos, is poised to make a near miss of Earth on April 13, 2029.

Rabbi Yosef Berger, of King David’s tomb on Mount Zion, said the surge of concern over celestial events, particularly heavenly objects that could hit Earth, is a sign of the imminent coming of the Messiah.

Quoting Numbers 24:17, Rabbi Berger claimed the Bible speaks of a star that will accompany the Messiah, an interpretation expanded upon in the writings of Maimonides and in the Zohar, the foundational work of Kabbalah.

While Christians obviously believe Messiah has already come and heavenly signs would herald his return, some experts argue the rabbi is fundamentally right about how the last days will be marked by dangerous astronomical events.

http://www.wnd.com

Comment: John Durrad  http://www.setapartbytruth.org

This asteroid is interesting for two reasons. First the name APOPHIS, named after an Egyptian god of chaos, and secondly it will be at its closest to earth during the Day of The Lords wrath. The two witnesses will be on the scene and God’s people will be in the place of safety. That is of course if our prediction of 2025-2029 (1335 days) proves to be right. This asteroid does give more credence to that prediction.
It certainly will be a time of great chaos in the earth as the seventh vial is poured out.

“And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, it is done.
And there were voices, and thunders, and lightening’s; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great… And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: (approximately 112 1bs) and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great,” Rev 16:17-21

It will take a lot to make mankind repent of the sin towards God, but thankfully, that repentance, for most people will come.

Jumbo Jet-Sized Asteroid Hurtles Perilously Close to Earth, Spotted Days Later

Sputnik News – July 27, 2017

An asteroid nearly as large as the Statue of Liberty made a close pass by Earth, coming within 77,000 miles of hitting our little blue planet – and astronomers had no idea it existed until Thursday, three days after it made its flyby.

Asteroid 2017 001 came within about 76,448 miles of Earth — by comparison, the moon is 238,900 miles away and high Earth orbit satellites have been known to stray as far as 200,000 miles from our home planet.

The asteroid was estimated to be between 82 feet (three buses stacked lengthwise) and 256 feet (about the wingspan of a 747) in length. It slipped past Earth undetected because of its dark, non-reflective surface that allowed it to elude telescopes.

https://sputniknews.com