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If you were in your backyard on July 25, 2019 peering into the sky with binoculars you might have seen a bright light traveling across the sky. That light was ‘2019 OK’ and despite what the name suggests it wasn’t OK.
Because this is the name given a massive asteroid that in astronomical terms just missed the earth. It was ominously nick named the “city-killer asteroid.”
What is equally disturbing is that astronomers were caught completely off guard by this asteroid. They had no idea it was even on course for earth until it showed up.
Hi my name is Dean Smith and in this podcast I will be talking about a near asteroid miss, an asteroid deemed MIA (missing in action) and an asteroid that the Apostle John saw in his vision of the end times leading up to the second coming of Christ recorded in the last book of the Bible, the book of Revelation.
For the past several years, astronomers have been tracking asteroids because of the dangers lurking that one of them might hit earth with devastating results.
They missed ‘2019 OK’ for a couple of reasons. Primarily because it was coming in on a trajectory from the sun, making it almost impossible to see. It was also traveling at 54,000 miles (ca. 86,905 km) an hour which of course didn’t help and all this happened despite the fact it was between 47 meters to 130 meters in size or in our modern vernacular 18 to 47 stories in size. And this isn’t even huge in asteroid terms as we have some massive asteroids, miles long, floating around in our solar system.
But what concerned astronomer was that this asteroid passed within 45,000 miles (ca. 72,420 km) of earth, a fifth the distance between the earth and the moon. Even near misses can be dangerous, because if an asteroid gets too close, the earth’s gravity could start pulling it in.
An asteroid this size would have completely destroyed a city if it had hit earth.
But the asteroid news doesn’t stop there.
Welcome you to the wild west of astronomy and asteroids because in mid July, astronomers with the European space agency announced that they have lost track of the ‘2006 QV89’. It was scheduled to rendezvous with earth on September 9, 2019. It has completely disappeared, and they have no idea what happened to it.
A month ago I posted a video of how astronomers had predicted that there was a one in 7,000 chance that ‘2006 QV89’ would slam into the earth.
If it hit earth this asteroid estimated to be 164 feet (ca. 50 m) in diameter would cause an impact because it was three times larger than the asteroid that exploded over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in February 2013.
That one was only the size of a bus and though it exploded high up in the earth’s atmosphere it damaged 7,000 building and injured 1,000 people.
In that video I put one in 7,000 chance in perspective because there was a greater chance of this asteroid hitting earth than rolling six dice and having all of them coming up with the same number which was one in 7,776.
So the one in 7,000 chance became one in no chance, at least for now.
Who knows what happened to it?
Should we breathe a sigh of relief. Maybe, maybe not.
In an interview with the Washington Post, one of the astronomers said he was stunned when he found about ‘2019 OK’s’ unexpected arrival describing it as a “true shock.” One astronomer quipped that they basically only saw it as it flew by.
Though astronomers basically could give no advanced notice on ‘2019 OK’, the Apostle John in his vision of the end times gave us a 2,000 year warning that an asteroid the size of mountain would slam into the earth in a period in world history referred to as the apocalypse — when God unleashes judgment on the earth.
8 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, 9 and a third of the creatures which were in the sea and had life, died; and a third of the ships were destroyed. (Revelation 8:8-9)
Not only was a third of the sea life in one of earth’s oceans killed off but also the resulting tsunamis resulted in countless ship being sunk or destroyed.
When naming asteroids, astronomers start off with the year it was first seen, 2019 OK. I have no idea where the letters came from. Since it is generally believed the Book of Revelation was written around 96 AD, then we will call John’s asteroid 96 AP – with AP standing for apocalypse.
So while astronomers basically were unable to give us no advanced warning on some asteroids, God has given humanity a 2,000 year advanced warning of one the size of a mountain that will slam into the earth prior to the second coming of Christ.
- It snuck up on us: Scientists stunned by ‘city killer’ asteroid that just missed earth: Washington Post