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Tuesday, November 8, 2011
"You do not know either the day or the hour."
Asteroid 2005 YU55. The asteroid will fly past Earth within the moon's orbit today. NASA's been tracking it since November 4, using the 230-foot-wide Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, California. This image was taken yesterday at 11:45 a.m. PST, when the asteroid was approximately 860,000 miles from Earth. The Deep Space Antenna will track it for four hours today, and radar observations from the Arecibo Planetary Radar Facility in Puerto Rico will also begin today.
Everyone is excited about this asteroid. Will they be able to see it with the naked eye? will they need a telescope? Wow - it's the size of an aircraft carrier!
We all should realize that this asteroid will pass very close to Mother Earth, it will be closer to earth than the moon. If the scientists were off a bit with their math, there would be dire consequences.
Out of Digital Journal > Astronomers say if the Earth were to sustain direct impact with an asteroid the size of 2005 YU55 expected to zip past the Earth tomorrow, we would experience a massive explosion equivalent to that set off by more than 50 megaton nuclear weapon. Such explosion would cause widespread destruction covering several thousands of kilometers. The impact will excavate a crater 4 miles wide and cause an earthquake of magnitude 7 on the Richter scale.
I think we should reflect on Sunday's Gospel, Matt 25:1-13. Jesus is very clear when He says;
" So stay awake, because you do not know either the day or the hour.’