Subject: Asteroid explosion over Indonesia raises fears about Earth's defences
From: The M+G+R Foundation
Date: Tue, 27 Oct 2009 22:56:27 +0200
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An asteroid that exploded in the Earth's atmosphere with the energy of three Hiroshima bombs this month has reignited fears about our planet's defences against space impacts.

  Published: 10:23AM GMT 27 Oct 2009

The asteroid was around 20 meters across and hit the Earth's atmosphere at 45,000 mph Photo: GETTY IMAGES

On 8 October, the rock crashed into the atmosphere above South Sulawesi, Indonesia. The blast was heard by monitoring stations 10,000 miles away, according to a report by scientists at the University of Western Ontario.

Scientists are concerned that it was not spotted by any telescopes, and that had it been larger it could have caused a disaster.

The asteroid, estimated to have been around 10 metres (30ft) across, hit the atmosphere at an estimated 45,000 mph. The sudden deceleration caused it to heat up rapidly and explode with the force of 50,000 tons of TNT.

Luckily, due to the height of the explosion – estimated at between 15 and 20 km (nine to 12 miles) above sea level – no damage was caused on the ground.

However, if the object had been slightly larger – 20 to 30 metres (60 to 30 ft) across – it could easily have caused extensive damage and loss of life, say researchers.


The fireball was spotted by locals in Indonesia, and a YouTube video taken that day "appears to show a large dust cloud consistent with a bright, daylight fireball", according to the Ontario researchers.


The M+G+R Foundation Comments

We find quite interesting the fact that we had not heard/seen/viewed anything about this event until today. Through the courtesy of a brother in typhoon battered Philippines (Thank you, IC!) we have just become aware of it.

We tried to find out what was the earthquake and tsunami situation on October 8 but could not find the data readily. Blessedly we file all earthquake and tsunami government notices received, therefore, we looked at the October 8 entries and found out that it was on October 8th that we received the most notifications from that part of the world. Coincidence? You decide.

What choices one has when faced with this astronomical Russian roulette situation? Place one's trust in our know-it-all scientists or trust in God?

miguel de Portugal, a scientist, made that decision 24 years ago: In God we trust and all others must pay in cash - as the saying goes.

Why? As a scientist miguel is painfully aware of the incredible limitations of the scientists' knowledge and the great capacity to smoke-screen such limitation; as a gofer for God, he is absolutely sure of the limitless power and wisdom of God and His unlimited love for His children.

If God wants miguel to be vaporized by an asteroid or comet - so be it. God certainly knows what is best for miguel. If He doesn't want it to happen, not even a direct hit will hurt miguel.

It really is that simple!

What will your choice be?

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