It is nearly five times bigger than the Eiffel Tower, and it spun harmlessly by earth on Saturday, Aug 21, 2021, while many of us were enjoying our morning cup of coffee.
Known affectionately as ‘2016 AJ193,’ the asteroid was first discovered in 2016 by Hawaii’s Haleakala Observatory and according to NASA, the asteroid passes earth once every six years or so.
It is one of about 1,500 asteroids that NASA is trying to keep track of because of their potential to cause serious damage if they ever strike earth.
Unfortunately, tracking asteroids is not a perfect science, and they are often completely missed, particularly if they come in on a trajectory from the sun.
Like the house-sized asteroid that exploded over the skies of the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in 2013. Nearly 1,600 were injured in the fall-out from the blast that shattered windows over an area of about 200 miles.
In this instance, astronomers were actually tracking another asteroid, when Chelyabinsk exploded with the power of 440,000 tons of TNT.
According to a vision of the end times given to the Apostle John, one of these days, an asteroid, described as mountain-sized, will slam into the earth causing massive devastation:
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 NASV
Speaking of mountain-sized asteroids, in an interview with The Telegraph, Russian scientist Vladimir Lipunov, from the University of Moscow, states a mountain-sized asteroid, ‘2014 UR116,’ passes by earth once every three years. Fortunately, at this point, it does not pose a threat to earth. READ: Mountain-sized asteroid is heading towards earth, says scientist: The Telegraph