Thursday, December 17, 2009
I consider these signs in the sky
The above photo is from Astronomy Picture of the Day: "Monstrously bright, this fireball meteor lit up the Mojave Desert sky Monday morning, part of this year's impressive Geminid meteor shower. Seen toward the southwest over rock formations near Victorville, California, a more familiar celestial background was momentarily washed out by the meteor's flash. ... A rewarding catch for photographer Wally Pacholka."
There is nothing unusual about the Geminid Meteor Shower. It occurs every year in December. However, the unusual aspect of this annual meteor shower is that "Geminid activity will increase for the next few decades, perhaps getting 20% to 50% higher than current rates. A 50% increase would boost the Geminids to 200 or more meteors per hour, year in and year out. "That would be an amazing annual display," says Cooke. Moreover, says Brown, "the proportion of large, bright Geminids should also increase in the next few decades, according to Jones' model." So the Geminids could turn into a "fireball shower." So the Geminids have strangely become more frequent AND brighter and will continue even more so in the near future. Now that's curious!
Speaking of curious, Spaceweather website reports a "Curious Event in Nebraska: "Last night, Dec. 16th at 9 p.m. CST, a very bright meteor lit up the completely overcast sky like lightning in southeast Nebraska," reports Trooper Jerry Chab of the Nebraska State Patrol. "It flashed for approximately 2 seconds and was followed by sonic booms and ground shaking, which prompted many calls by the public to law enforcement in a three county wide area." Meanwhile, the USGS says there was a magnitude 3.5 earthquake near Auburn, Nebraska, at 8:53 pm, about the same time and place as the fireball. ..."If the earthquake is confirmed, as it appears to be, I think we have the most cosmic of coincidences: A large fireball around the same time of an earthquake," says Chab. "I am simply amazed!" Keep in mind that this quote is from State Trooper, someone trained to be observant, and above all, unemotional in reporting of the facts. He gushed that it was an amazing cosmic coincidence? Now that's curious!
(Ireland) Astronomers seek fireball witnesses
Astronomy experts are appealing for witnesses to an extremely rare fireball believed to have blazed across the morning sky.The spectacular sight, which star-gazers claim happened just before dawn on Monday, is being attributed to a massive meteor shower currently taking place over the northern hemisphere. "The fireball is really very special and unusual," Astronomy Ireland chairman David Moore said. Curiouser and curiouser.
Back to Luke 21:11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places and famines and pestilences and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven." Strong's definition of SIGN: "semaino; an indication, especially ceremonially or supernaturally -- miracle, sign, token, wonder." Mark 13:8 says that when you see these signs it is the beginning of the birth pangs. "Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that it is near, right at the door."(Mark 13:29) Fearful events and great signs from heaven are signs of God's activity. Acts 2:19 says "And I will cause wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below." In addition to seeing His works, are you ready to see Him in person? Look up!