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Forecasters keep eye on looming 'Solar Max'

Dec. 28, 2010 - After two centuries of observing sunspots, scientists have identified an approximately 11 year cycle of activity. Peak activity is known as "Solar Max" and it is a dangerous phase for the Earth. At this extreme phase the sun emits huge bursts of electromagnetic radiation and charged matter known as Coronal Mass Ejections, or CMEs. These emissions can do great damage to electrical grids and equipment on earth. Some have destroyed satellites in recent years.

The latest cycle began in 1996 and should have reached its peak already, but it is still building. Scientists now think it will climax in 2013.

Source: Breitbart.com


2010's World Gone Wild: Quakes, Floods, Blizzards

Dec. 20, 2010 - Experts say that the year 2010 brought the greatest mix of natural disasters in more than a generation.
A record amount of earthquakes, heat waves, floods, volcanoes, super typhoons, blizzards, landslides and droughts killed at least a quarter million people this year, compared with just 15,000 in 2009.
Some of the biggest events were the Haitian earthquake, Russian heat wave and Pakistani flooding.

Some analysts say that the death toll from disasters is increasing because of unwise decisions about where to build cities and poor construction practices. Others claim it is a result of global warming because of many heat records set during the year, but that is confusing in light of the severe blizzards at the beginning and end of the year.

Source: CBN
2010's world gone wild: Quakes, floods, blizzards - AP - Yahoo

Global Eruption Rocks the Sun

Dec. 13, 2010 - NASA scientists have analyzed a huge eruption of the Sun that occured on August 1st. They say the explosion affected an entire hemisphere of the Sun all at once, sending billion-ton clouds of hot gas into space.
"The August 1st event really opened our eyes," says Karel Schrijver of Lockheed Martin's Solar and Astrophysics Lab in Palo Alto, CA. "We see that solar storms can be global events, playing out on scales we scarcely imagined before.
The event was so big that they think they may have to re-examine their ideas about solar activity.
Source: NASA

One EMP burst and the world goes dark

Oct. 26, 2010 -
The sky erupts. Cities darken, food spoils and homes fall silent. Civilization collapses.

End-of-the-world novel? A video game? Or could such a scenario loom in America's future?

Once again, there is serious discussion about a looming problem that could leave our country, or even the world in turmoil. The issue is an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) burst caused by a high-altitude nuclear blast, or even a huge solar storm of the kind that is predicted in the next couple of years. In either scenario and EMP can induce ground currents strong enough to burn out power lines and electrical equipment across state lines.

Last year former House speaker Newt Gingrich told Heritage Foundation, "We are not today hardened against this... It is an enormous catastrophic threat." The House of Representatives has passed a "Grid Act" bill to address the issue. The Senate will now consider the measure.

Source: USA Today
Text of H.R. 5026, the Grid Reliability and Infrastructure Defense (GRID) Act - House Committee on Energy and Commerce

White House Adviser: US Must Prepare for Asteroid

Oct. 25, 2010 - According to John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, it is reasonable to believe that the Earth will someday be struck again by a devastaing asteroid. Because of this, he is asking for NASA to outline plans for:
(A) protecting the United States from a near-Earth object that is expected to collide with Earth; and
(B) implementing a deflection campaign, in consultation with international bodies, should one be necessary.
See details and a video simulation of an asteroid impact on Earth.
Source: AOL

"Inexplicable disappearance of a village in the Qinling Mountains"

Oct. 14, 2010 - This story of a possible UFO-related "dissapearance of a villiage" does not have sufficient documentation to be taken seriously, but it is an example of the type of rumor that could be started to cause fear or to give a false explanation of the rapture in the future.
Source: UFO Digest

UFO closes Chinese airport

Oct. 6, 2010 - There have been eight reported UFO sighting in China since the end of June. The latest one involved shutting down an airport in Baotou, Inner Mongolia for about an hour, and directing three flights to circle the airport until the UFO disappeared.
Source: Telegraph - UK
Is Current Flurry of UFO Disclosures Setting Up False Flag Operation? - PRWeb

Big News About UFOs and Extraterrestrials

Sept. 28, 2010 - During this week two sensational news stories, reported by major news sources, brought UFOs and extraterrestrial life back into the public eye. The first was about a press conference in Washington D.C. UFO researcher Robert Hastings announced that some 100 former and retired members of the US Air Force claim sightings of UFOs and say that aliens interfered with nuclear weapons.

The second big story was that the United Nations was seriously considering appointing an “Ambassador to Extraterrestrials.” The most likely person to be appointed was a Malaysian astrophysicist named Mazlan Othman, who already holds the position of director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs.

UFOs Visited Nuclear Weapons Sites, Former Air Force Officers Say - John Kelly - AOL News
UN plan for 'alien ambassador' a case of science fiction? - Guardian U.K.

Sun storm to hit with 'force of 100m bombs'

Aug. 25, 2010 - The Sun goes through a cycle of solar storms or eruptions that can cause massive magnetic reactions on Earth and in our atmosphere. The current cycle is building up already. One massive flare earlier this month caused spectacular light shows on Earth (see the picture on their page).
"The general consensus among general astronomers (and certainly solar astronomers) is that this coming Solar maximum (2012 but possibly later into 2013) will be the most violent in 100 years," astronomy lecturer and columnist Dave Reneke said.
When the storm is at its peak, it could disrupt or destroy satellites, power grids, and other parts of the infrastructure.
Source: com.au (Australia)

Oil Spill Capped for a Second Day, Offering Some Hope

July 16, 2010 - BP has successfully capped the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which has resulted in the spread of nearly 200 million gallons of crude oil. Pressure in the well has built up steadily, indicating that there is not another leak.
Kent Wells, a senior vice president at BP… said that BP would take steps to resume the drilling of a relief well, which officials hope will provide a permanent solution to plugging the runaway well.
Source: New York Times
A by-the-numbers look at the Gulf oil spill - AP

Special Report: Should BP nuke its leaking well?

July 6, 2010 - After more than 70 days, with at least 60,000 barrels of oil a day flowing into the Gulf, extreme measures are being discussed to stop the flow. Soviet physicist Viktor Mikhailov, who was Russia's minister of nuclear energy, thinks a nuclear bomb would do the trick. The Russians have used nukes in the past to stop gas leaks.
"A nuclear explosion over the leak," he says nonchalantly ... "I don't know what BP is waiting for, they are wasting their time. Only about 10 kilotons of nuclear explosion capacity and the problem is solved."
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton recently voiced support for the idea of using an explosion [not nuclear]to stem the flow of oil.
Source: Reuters

Nasa warns solar flares from 'huge space storm' will cause devastation

June 14, 2010 - The topic at a recent meeting of space scientists was the likelihood of an immense solar storm in 2013.
In a new warning, Nasa said the super storm would hit like “a bolt of lightning” and could cause catastrophic consequences for the world’s health, emergency services and national security unless precautions are taken.
Unless adequate preparations are made, the solar storm, which peaks once every 22 years, will damage electric distribution grids, emergency services’ systems, banking systems, air traffic control, and “everyday” items such as home computers, and iPods.

The National Academy of Sciences warned that a powerful solar storm could cause “twenty times more economic damage than Hurricane Katrina”. Katrina left a damage bill of more than $125 billion.

Source: Telegraph - UK

Nuclear Physicist Describes Vast UFO Cover-Up

June 7, 2010 - Stanton Friedman, who has been a nuclear physicist for companies like General Electric, General Motors, Westinghouse and Aerojet General Nucleonics, says, "Some UFOs are intelligently controlled extraterrestrial spacecraft, and this is the biggest story of the millennium."

In his book, "Science Was Wrong," co-authored with Kathleen Marden, he claims give evidence that "... a few people within major governments have known since at least 1947 that some UFOs are alien spacecraft."

A 2002 Roper poll, commissioned by the Sci-Fi Channel, noted that 72 percent of Americans believed the U.S. government isn't telling all it knows about UFOs, and 68 percent thought the government knows more about extraterrestrial life than it cares to disclose.
Source: AOL

Did it come from outer space?

Mar. 2, 2010 - Gary Bates, the U.S. director of the apologetics group, Creation Ministries International, has written a book called "Alien Intrusion." It contains photos and images of Unidentified Flying Objects, and addresses the question of whether UFOs are mentioned in the Bible.
Bates here references Revelation 16:14-16, in proposing that demonic spirits seek to alter perceptions, thus destroying human discernment.
Source: Jim Fletcher - WorldNetDaily

Russia plans asteroid-defence space mission to Apophis

Dec. 31, 2009 - Anatoly Perminov, head of the Russian space agency, announced that Russia will seek to divert the course of the 27-ton Apophis satellite.
Apophis is set to pass close by the Earth in 2029 - so close that it will be nearer than television satellites in geosynchronous orbit. Collision at that stage has been ruled out.
However, if the asteroid goes through a so-called "keyhole" during the 2029 pass, its course could be changed, making it possible to hit us on the next pass, in 2036.
Source: The Register - UK

UN climate chief: hacked e-mails are damaging

Dec. 6, 2009- Yvo de Boer, The U.N.'s top climate official, held a news conference to challenge the 192 nations represented at the U.N. climate summit in Copenhagen "to deliver a strong and long-term response to the challenge of climate change." At the same time he expressed concern that recent e-mails would fuel skepticism that scientists are exaggerating the threat of global warming.
E-mails stolen from the climate unit at the University of East Anglia appeared to show some of world's leading scientists discussing ways to shield data from public scrutiny and suppress others' work.
Source: Arthur Max and Karl Ritter - Breitbart

Asteroid passes just 8,700miles from Earth - with only 15 hours warning

Nov. 12, 2009 - The Earth was almost hit by an asteroid last Friday. It was noticed only 15 hours before passing the Earth at just 8,700 miles separation. Fortunately it was only 23 ft. across - too small to do great damage.
Source: Daily Mail

Report: NASA Can't Keep up With Killer Asteroids

Aug. 13, 2009 - Congress asked NASA to identify 90 percent of the potentially deadly asteroids in our region of space by 2020. So far, they have identified about 6000 asteroids with their existing telescopes, but they are unable to comply with their responsibility without newer telescopes, and Congress has not allocated finances to build them.
NASA estimates that there are about 20,000 asteroids and comets in our solar system that are potential threats to Earth. They are larger than 460 feet in diameter — slightly smaller than the Superdome in New Orleans.
Source: NewsMax

Study: Earth May Collide With Another Planet

June 11, 2009 - New computer simulations indicate that in the distant future, planets of our solar system could collide.
Source: Fox


Space storm alert: 90 seconds from catastrophe

Mar. 23, 2009 - According to a new report funded by NASA and issued by the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS), an intense solar storm could spew plasma balls toward the Earth that would cause the destruction of our power grid and destroy our modern way of life.
The incursion of the plasma into our atmosphere causes rapid changes in the configuration of Earth's magnetic field which, in turn, induce currents in the long wires of the power grids. The grids were not built to handle this sort of direct current electricity.
Increased DC current in the grid could cause its transformers to rapidly heat up and melt.
Source: New Scientist
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Close Encounter: Earth-Asteroid Near Miss

Mar. 4, 2009 - An asteroid (2009 DD45) the size of a 10-story building surprised astronomers by passing the earth at just under 45,000 miles above the surface of the planet.
It is similar in size to a rock that exploded above Siberia in 1908, flattening 80 million trees across an 800 square mile area. The impact had the force of a thousand atomic bombs, astronomers say.
Source: Sky.com

Fireball in Texas sky was probably space debris ... well, maybe

Feb. 16, 2009 - A fireball streaked across the Texas sky on Sunday accompanied by a sonic boom. The FAA said it was probably space junk from the collision of two satellites last week but the U.S. Strategic Command said there was no connection.
"There is no correlation between the debris from that collision and those reports of re-entry," said Maj. Regina Winchester, with STRATCOM.
Source: Star-Telegram
Astronomer: Texas Fireball Was Meteor - Fox

U.S. and Russian satellites collide sending a cloud of hazardous debris hurtling around Earth at 25,000 mph

Feb. 12, 2009 - A US Iridium communications satellite collided with a Russian Cosmos 2251 satellite around 485 miles above Siberia - and directly above the International Space Station. The debris is travelling through space at 25,000mph, but does not threaten the Space Station.
'We believe it's the first time that two satellites have collided in orbit,' American military spokesman said.
Space junk is a growing problem, and a threat to launching space shuttles. Scientists are tracking 13,000 pieces of debris which are tennis ball-sized or bigger, in orbit around the Earth. About 6000 satellites have been launched since 1957. Half of them are no longer operational.
Source: Daily Mail - UK
Interesting recent coincidence:Nuclear subs collide in Atlantic - Prophecy Central - "Wars and Rumors of Wars"

NASA: 2012 'space Katrina' may cripple U.S. for months

Jan. 10, 2009 - A new study by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, warns that the Sun will reach the peak of its current 11-year cycle of solar storms in 2012.
And if one of the sun's periodic, catastrophic storms hits Earth the way Hurricane Katrina hit the U.S. coastline, the report estimates that damages from the "space weather Katrina" could top $1 or $2 trillion.
The report says that if the upcoming solar storms flare to the level of the May 1921 "superstorm" or the so-called Carrington event of 1859, the U.S. may not be prepared to handle the damage to satellites, power grids, and new technologies.
Source: WorldNetDaily

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