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NEAR-EARTH ASTEROID PASS-BY (I HOPE)

Dear People of Earth:

In just a few more hours this morning, to be exact, if the “scientists’ predictions” of the event (or non-event if it makes no impact or otherwise, doesn’t bother our planet) are accurate, a near-earth-orbital object named “Asteroid 2011 MD” is said to be zooming past us.

Asteroid to Pass Extremely Close By Earth On Monday

…The asteroid will make its closest approach at 1:14 p.m. EDT (1714 GMT) on June 27 and will pass just over 7,500 miles (12,000 kilometers) above the Earth’s surface, NASA officials say. At that particular moment, the asteroid — which scientists have named 2011 MD — will be sailing high off the coast of Antarctica, almost 2,000 miles (3,218 km) south-southwest of South Africa.

If I update later and you’re around to read it, then everything is fine for now. If not, well, then, I hope we all enjoyed our lives and are well on our way to a wonderful Hereafter if we’ve lived according to God’s best plan for us.

Love,
-S-

Update, June 28, 2011:

Asteroid 2011 MD missed our planet, thank the good Lord, and passed us by at a greater distance than did the earlier near-Earth object, Asteroid 2011 CQ1 that passed closer in it’s orbit to Earth this past February — any warnings or even news about that event? None or so few as to not be noticeable to the public in general and I wonder if that’s not the best plan since the obvious alarm that would result from such an impending disaster would be ill-advised, especially when “scientists” often discover these potentially catastrophic Earth-impacting celestial objects only a few months or even days before they are near-to us (in the case of the worst, are soon-to-impact us).

I often marvel at how it is that our planet has been positioned as it is in space — too vast for the human mind to quantify — and in all the time our planet’s existed, suspended-in-orbit-in-space so vast and filled with other moving objects, that our planet has not been obliterated by other cosmic objects. If there is anything to encourage any human to believe in God, that, to me, is it: He surely has our home in His hands, if not all of us in His plans.

At times such as these — among others — I am fine with being childlike in my appreciation of God. Just fine with it.

More:

Snapshots of Asteroid That Buzzed Earth

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  1. Kini says:

    I wanted to say it’s the Rapture, but that was already done by Harold Camping.

    It’s the ones we don’t know about. Good reason to keep on the good side of our maker.

    1. -S- says:

      What is most interesting to me is the dilemma these near-Earth orbital objects pose as to human behavior: often discovered mere days before they are due to fly us closely by or, worse, to impact us, what to do? For all but the very few, there’s no option for survival if the object poses an extinction-level-event (“ELE”). For the in-between doom and survival situations, being able to trust impact area forecast would speed relocations and “stocking up” elsewhere, but again, for the general human population, many just couldn’t manage such even with a few days notice. So, back to the question: to announce the impending impact or not…

      We, the people of Earth, really need a plan for these probable, likely situations. Because an impact from a celestial body large enough to affect animal and plant survival abilities on Earth is sure to occur (again) eventually.

  2. Kini says:

    Well, extinction events have happened before in this planet’s history. The likelihood of another large asteroid causing another mass extinction is more likely than man-made global warming.

    I’m enjoying your new posts!

    1. -S- says:

      Yes, but, humans weren’t HERE in those previous extinction-level-events. Though, granted, because of the last one, H.sapiens had the opportunity to be created and to grow and thrive, but we’ve obviously not ever been presented with an ELE or we would not now be here.

      A while ago, on the internet, someone challenged this idea, that an ELE was, they contended, “survivable.”

      I don’t know what’s so difficult about the definition and criteria of an ELE is so difficult for some to understand, but it’s called AN EXTINCTION LEVEL EVENT (“ELE”) BECAUSE IT CAUSES GLOBAL EXTINCTION OF PLANT AND ANIMAL LIFE. That means, by it’s very criteria, that it’s not survivable, by either the event itself or the affects afterward caused by the event.

      The only way to survive an ELE would be to leave the planet with some predetermination of a survivable, alternative situation elsewhere (just bounding off into space without the means to survive indefinitely would not be surviving because the groceries and air would sooner than later be exhausted and without a predetermined survivable alternative destination other than on Earth, there’d be only a window of survival after an ELE as one floated in space — ELE’s create EXTINCTION LEVEL conditions that affect the Earth for hundreds of years afterward so a survival plan off the Earth would need to include an alternative planet with resources that would support our form of life and the other forms of life we depend on).

    2. -S- says:

      Thanks, Kini, for your compliment. You’re one of the good guys.

    3. -S- says:

      UPDATE:

      AH-HA!

      Britain and the U.S. top league table of countries that would be worst affected by an asteroid strike

      If you live in Britain, the U.S. or China, start preparing now.

      Scientists have drawn up a league table of the countries which will be worst affected in the event of an asteroid strike.

      They have identified for the first time those which will suffer catastrophic loss of life or be so crippled it will be almost impossible for them to recover.

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