‘Planet killer’ asteroid found hiding in sun’s glare may one day hit Earth

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Space.com: Astronomers have discovered a giant asteroid hiding in the glare of the sun that might one day cross paths with Earth.

The 0.9-mile-wide (1.5 kilometers) asteroid is the largest potentially hazardous asteroid spotted in the past eight years and astronomers have dubbed it a “planet killer” because the effects of its impact would be felt across multiple continents.

The asteroid, named 2022 AP7, managed to avoid detection for so long because it orbits in the region between Earth and Venus. To spot space rocks in this area, astronomers have to look in the direction of the sun, and that is notoriously difficult due to the sun’s luminosity. For example, flagship telescopes such as the James Webb Space Telescope and the Hubble Space Telescope never look toward the sun, as the star‘s brightness would fry their sensitive optics.

Because of that, astronomers have only a limited understanding of the nature of asteroids lurking in this region, and sometimes, surprises may happen. In 2013, a much smaller asteroid, only 66 feet wide (20 m), arrived from the direction of the sun completely without warning. That asteroid exploded above the city of Chelyabinsk in southeastern Russia, shattering windows on thousands of buildings.

“Only about 25 asteroids with orbits completely within Earth’s orbit have been discovered to date because of the difficulty of observing near the glare of the sun,” Scott S. Sheppard, an astronomer at the Earth and Planets Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution for Science and the lead author of the paper describing the new discovery, said in a statement (opens in new tab).  Read More …

Opinion: Prophetic events cast their shadow before them. In Revelation 1:19, Jesus tells John: “Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this.”

Revelation 8:8-9 are things that will take place after this:

The scene is the first half of the 7 year tribulation. The 7 seal judgments have passed and the second of 7 trumpet judgments is poured on a Christ rejecting world.

Then the second angel sounded: And something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood. And a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.” Revelation 8:8-9

While the imagery of a burning mountain slamming into the sea suggests a meteor, the results are supernatural, turning the sea to blood, drawing comparison to Exodus 7:20

“And Moses and Aaron did so, just as the Lord commanded. So he lifted up the rod and struck the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh and in the sight of his servants. And all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood.”

The third Trumpet Judgment of Revelation 8:10-11 gets progressively worse, as one third of the water supply on earth becomes poisonous:

“Then the third angel sounded: And a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. 11 The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the water, because it was made bitter.”

Is this judgment caused by radiation from a nuclear strike?

The Russian word Chernobyl can be translated as wormwood, and on April 25 and 26 of 1986 the world’s worst nuclear disaster occurred in the Ukrainian city by that name.

Russia and Ukraine and nuclear weapons, prophecy or coincidence?