Bearing The Wrong Message
By James Donahue
May 5, 2006
Yet another asteroid,
this time a granddaddy of all space rocks, has been discovered racing into our solar system and on a possible collision course
And the doomsday prophets
are thinking that this flying bolder, measuring about 800 meters wide, may be the thing that destroys the world as we know
it. Its earliest fly-by is June 21, 2008. If it misses us, the rock, code named 2006 HZ51, gets another crack at it in 2036.
And it continues to circle in a wide trajectory that keeps bringing it within range of our planet at regular intervals thereafter.
So how much of a danger
is 2006 HZ51? Astronomers who study such things say the odds of impact now stand at one in six million, which makes it quite
low. But that one chance lingers as a probable doomsday scenario that some folks can’t ignore.
The asteroid watchers
have identified another big rock, this one named 99942 Apophis, as yet another possible disaster in the year 2029, or in 2036.
It is an even larger rock measuring 390 meters wide. Careful mathematics has shown that this rock will miss the Earth in 2029,
but they have not ruled out 2036. It has an estimated impact-probability of one in 5,560, which is slightly more dangerous
than 2006 HZ51. But not much.
Interesting to note that
both asteroids appear to be on a possible collision course with our planet in the same year, 2036. That is just 30 years away.
This month, the comet
Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 is doing a close fly-by our planet as it passes through our solar system. Astronomers say the comet
fell apart when it passed us in 1995 so will be returning in three parts. And because it will be as close as six million miles,
they say the comet will be a colorful sight in the night sky.
But the doomsday soothsayers
are warning that parts of this comet are expected to strike Earth this month, causing terrible destruction. Their warnings,
however, have been mostly pooh-poohed by people who say they know better.
So what would happen
if one of those big rocks actually hits the earth?
NASA estimates the energy
of the biggest asteroid, Apophis, at 850 megatons, which would be extremely destructive. The 1883 eruption of Krakatoa, one
of the most violent volcanic blasts in known history, was roughly 200 megatons. And that was enough to blow ash into the stratosphere
and affect global weather patterns for about a year.
But scientists say an
asteroid’s impact could vary, depending on the angle that it comes in at, and while it could do a lot of damage where
ever it strikes, it is unlikely to have long lasting global effects, as depicted in recent Hollywood films.
So why has there been
so much concern about asteroid and comet strikes in recent years?
Psychic Aaron C. Donahue
says there is a growing awareness, at least on a subconscious level, that the Earth is dying and that the human race is now
rushing toward extinction. It is known subconsciously, although few people are willing to speak about it on a conscious level.
The way he explains it,
everybody senses that something is coming, but they haven’t identified just what it is. The Christians perceive of this
event as the Second Coming of Christ and the rapture of the saints. Others are having visions of the world in flames. And
armies of the world are gearing up for a global war.
The problem has been
the reckless overpopulation of our planet, and the industrialization of the major nations. It has involved the careless ravaging
of the world’s natural resources, and our foolish dumping of toxic chemicals and human waste in open streams and lakes.
We have polluted our soil, our water and our air.
Now our planet is dying
and there is very little that can be done about that.
This is what the masses
are sensing. But they are still refusing to identify the problem. They would rather blame an asteroid for what is about to
happen instead of ourselves.