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Jim Bramlett
Nov 17, 2001




We seem to be coming into a time of great shaking (is that an understatement or what?). This would be the time that one might expect signs in the heavens. As it turns out, the media is saying that the meteor showers will possibly be greater tonight than anything we've seen in decades. Things are timed by God to occur in the heavenlies. Yes, this happens every year. But why THIS YEAR are the showers slated to be more dramatic than in decades?

Coincidence? Probably not.

Just more signs that the heavens and the earth are being shaken!

"There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea." Luke 21:25





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Author: Jim Bramlett


In his November 2001 Prophecy in the News, J.R. Church writes:


"If you want to see the largest meteor shower in your life, then go outside just before midnight on Saturday night, November 17, and watch the Constellation Leo rise in the east. Stay up all night and keep your eyes on the sickle in Leo's head. Between midnight and dawn, if the sky is clear, you will watch Earth pass through several trails of comet debris left over by the Comet Temple-Tuttle passing through Earth's orbit every 33 years for centuries. Astronomers suggest that this year, you might see as many as 15,000 shootings stars per hour. Next year, they estimate as many as 30,000 meteors falling per hour."


In addition, Timothy Snodgrass writes:


"Approximately every 33 years, a CROSS appears in the heavens when Comet 55P/TEMPLE-Tuttle passes near the Earth. It last appeared on November 17, 1998. For thousands of years, this comet has left an extensive debris field, which spreads across the entire solar system like a small circular thread in an eternal sea of space. The odds that the Earth would actually pass through this small thread once every year is one of the great wonders of the universe. Periodically, this debris field carries an unexpected punch, such as the spectacular Leonid meteor storm of 1833. (It was in 1833 that the term "the sky is falling" was birthed.)

On the East Coast of America, residents were awakened by what looked like bombs going off in the atmosphere. Bright flashes of light streaked across the sky, as meteors--many ranging in the size of marbles to footballs--rained down upon the earth. Trees burst into flames, homes were damaged, and impacts could be heard exploding across the earth like canons, as observers looked into the sky in awe. Many thought that it was the end of the world.

This week, once again the earth crosses through the tail of Comet 55P/Temple-Tuttle. Eventually, the Earth will once again encounter some of the larger debris fragments of Comet 55P. The Leonid meteor shower will peak this year on November 18th, and end on November 20th (Asian side of international date line). The next 3 days are a good time to keep your eyes on the heavens."


Also see:

Spectacular Leonid Meteor Coming

Leonid Meteor Shower

By The Associated Press,

Scientists are predicting the most spectacular meteor shower in our lifetime will occur this weekend when the Leonid meteors appear over North America.

The meteors are streaks of light from the bits of debris, or meteoroids, from the Comet Tempel-Tuttle, which orbits the sun every 33 years. The meteors arrive every year in mid-November as the Earth plows through what is usually a thin section of the comet's debris.

A few years during each orbit, the comet sweeps close to the sun, whose heat causes it to shed more debris. That produces a storm of meteors - or shooting stars. North America is a prime viewing spot this year.

The following is a Q&A about the celestial show.

Q: When will the meteor shower appear and what will it look like?

A: It is expected to peak during a half-hour shortly after 5 a.m. EST Sunday on the East Coast, 2 a.m. PST on the West Coast. Most of us know meteors as shooting stars, streaks of white light. The most optimistic prediction for North America is for 70 a minute, or 4,200 in an hour.

Q. Where should I go to watch them?

A. Head to a dark location far from city lights. The meteors will appear to radiate from east to west.

Q. Is it dangerous to watch them?

A. No, the biggest meteoroids are the size of rice grains and they burn up far from Earth.

Q. Will I need binoculars?

A. No, you can see them with the naked eye. But if the sky is cloudy, you probably won't see them.

Q. Will this be the biggest meteor shower in recent history?

A. No. In 1966, observers couldn't count the shooting stars fast enough. Estimates ranged as high as 150,000 per hour.

Q. How did the Leonids get their name?

A. They appear to radiate from the constellation Leo, the Lion.

Q. Do meteors have any scientific value?

A. Yes. Comets are hurtling balls of ice and debris from the birth of the solar system more than 4 billion years ago. Comet particles contain basic elements like iron, as well as carbon-based molecules.

``The chemical precursors to life - found in comet dust - may well have survived a plunge into early Earth's atmosphere,'' says NASA (news - web sites) scientist Peter Jenniskens.

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