Nostradamus predicted the arrival of many comets. There is good evidence to suggest that he foresaw the coming of Hale-Bopp in 1997 and Halley in 1910. However, most of his comet predictions have yet to be realised.
Of these, one of the most dreaded and feared is the so-called Millennium Comet. If one studies the following verse, it becomes plainly obvious why this is so:
great human misery a greater approaches,
It is widely believed that "the great motor of the centuries renewed" is another way of saying "when the new millennium begins." Of course, there is much controversy over when Nostradamus actually believed this would happen.
It should not be surmised from Nostradamus' description of a new century and millennium renewed that this needed to occur during either the year 2000 or 2001. In one of his liturgically-dated quatrains, Nostradamus indicated the real start of the the 20th Century would not occur until 1905. Using this same line of reasoning, the "great motor of the centuries" might not be "renewed" until 2005 or 2006 ... or even later.
There are some individuals who believed that the "fire seen" in the sky "dragging long sparks" was the doomed shuttle Columbia burning up and disintegrating on re-entry the morning of February 1, 2003. I must admit, having seen the various videos, that the image is rather striking. However, the apocalyptic vista painted in line 3, which was to follow or happen concurrantly with the event in line 4, has yet to materialise.
The long-dreaded Gulf War II, code-named Operation Iraqi Freedom, failed to ignite the holocaust everyone believed would be unleashed. Of course, there is still time and opportunity for things to go very badly in the Middle East and elsewhere (like the Korean peninsula), but I really believe that by the time they do our "death star" will have arrived and we will know it for the harbinger of doom it will truly be. I don't believe Nostradamus minced words -- something wicked our way comes and it may come quite suddenly without any warning.
October 25, 2007 (5:43 PM EDT), UPDATED November 9, 2007 (3:15 AM EDT): During the 24 hours between October 24 and 25 a comet so invisible it registered as only magnitude 17 brightened a million-fold to magnitude 2.5. It is now a magnitude 2.0. It can be seen near the constellations Perseus and Cassiopia (Cassiopia is the "W"-shaped contellation in the northern sky beside the Great Bear, Ursa Major). Comparisons to Hale-Bopp are already being made by sky watchers.
Despite the great Comet McNaught which shocked and awed everyone in January 2007, and has been considered an early fulfillment of my comet prediction for October 2007, I did say I felt it possible that yet another major comet could still arrive on schedule in October 2007. Now, it has!
What is more, its appearance and abnormal outburst in magnitude makes it something of a "miracle comet." Although I failed to officially characterise it as such, 2008 shall be "year one" of the Age of Miracles both great and terrible. If you look over the three 2008 pages carefully you can see some of these miracles yourself, although I do not pretend to know them all. Because the Hebrew calendar has already ushered in the year that we in the West would call "2008" in September, it would appear this age has dawned!
Sudden Naked-Eye Comet Shocks the Astronomy World
Sky and Telescope
October 24, 2007
Periodic Comet Holmes (17P) is currently located in east-central Perseus. Although this finder chart shows the northeastern horizon at dusk, the comet will be easier to spot late at night, when Perseus is more nearly overhead.
A distant comet that was as faint as magnitude 18 on October 20th has suddenly brightened by a millionfold, altering the naked-eye appearance of the constellation Perseus.
This startling outburst of Comet Holmes (17P) may be even stronger than the one that occurred 115 years ago, in November 1892, when the comet was first spotted by English amateur Edwin Holmes.
According to IAU Circular 8886, issued today by the Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams in Cambridge, Massachusetts, A. Henriquez Santana at Tenerife, Canary Islands, was the first to notice the outburst shortly after local midnight on Wednesday morning, October 24th. The comet was then about 8th magnitude, but within minutes Ramon Naves and colleagues in Barcelona, Spain, caught it at magnitude 7.3.
On the evening of October 24th, through bright moonlight and light pollution over Tehran, Iran, Babak Tafreshi took this wide-field panorama. "This is unbelievable!" he writes. "I was amazed to find Comet Holmes so easily with the naked eye in the light-polluted skies of metropolitan Tehran." Click image for full view. Babak TafreshiInternet discussion groups came alive with the news. "To my amazement, 17P had brightened to naked-eye visibility," exclaimed Bob King when he spotted Comet Holmes shortly before dawn in Duluth, Minnesota. "What a sight!" he posted to the Comets Mailing List. Alan Hale of Cloudcroft, New Mexico, concurred. To Hale (well-known codiscoverer of Comet Hale-Bopp) it appeared essentially starlike in a telescope until he switched to high power.
Then things only got better. As Earth continued to turn, nightfall arrived in Japan. "It is visible with naked eyes in a large city!" posted Seiichi Yoshida, who observed the comet from beside Tsurumi River in Yokohama. By 17:15 Universal Time he was describing Comet Holmes as magnitude 2.8.
Comet expert Gary Kronk expects this object to remain bright and grow from a starlike point to several arcminutes across over the next few nights as it makes its way slowly westward across Perseus. Its position on October 25th (0h UT) is right ascension 3h 53m, declination +50.1° (equinox 2000), and by October 30th it will have moved only to 3h 48m, +50.4°. For those living in the Northern Hemisphere, Perseus is visible all night at this time of year.
Update Oct. 25: "This object is amazing!" posted Brian Cudnik of Houston, Texas, on the Yahoo CometChasing group after coming in from his telescope on the evening of the 24th. "I have just observed it with an 8-inch f/10 Cassegrain, boosting the power up to 163x then to 508x.... The bright inner coma seems displaced off-center toward position angle 315°. The inner coma opens up into a fan toward position angle 300°, and I have noticed one ripple, akin to the hoods/ripples seen in Comet Hale-Bopp ten years ago. The coma is uniform in brightness, aside from this fan-shape material emanating from the central condensation, and has a well-defined edge." He measured the coma to be 69 arcseconds wide using using the drift method. "The entire object has a nice yellow-white color; no sign of any tail. The apparent magnitude is +2.8 (estimated using Mirfak at +1.9 and the other two bright stars adjacent to it at +3.0 each) and has remained rather steady all evening."
I have also implicated this comet in another prediction with the Middle East Peace Talks which I projected would occur in September/October 2007, but are now underway in October. Thus far, everyone has been getting in on the act, including Jordan's King Abdullah and Pope Benedict XVI. The peace, if it is accomplished, I feel will last only about a year. However, if Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is murdered during the appearance of "the great comet" or soon after, which I projected would be easily seen in the heavens at about this time, peace will evaporate overnight. The kings of the earth shall curse the comet and, one by one, cities will ignite in flames.
Sadly, with talks by President George W Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney warning that the current crisis with Iran could quickly turn into "World War III," it would appear the latter scenario might yet dominate. Bush, Hillary, Brown, and Sarkozy definitely do appear to be preparing the Western public for a dreadful "war of wars" in the Middle East very soon. Otherwise, expect this war to break out on the 28th anniversary of the Iran-Iraq War (September 2008) or else the 35th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War (October 2008).
I would also point out that if Ehud Olmert's suggestion to divide Jerusalem in two does take place, this will defy all biblical prophecy which simply does not foresee such an event. This would support Nostradamus' expectation that the so-called Tribulation that appears in the Book of Revelation will not arrive until 42 months prior to the year 2242 or 2243. Thus, just as this year has straddled the roads of peace and war since the start, we find ourselves at an even more dangerous crossroads where the peace could be won in Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, and even Syria, but lost in a major military intervention of Iraq by Turkey and Iran and a catastrophic US-UK-French war in Iran and the waters of the Persian Gulf. Such a war could quickly lead to confrontation in the air and on the sea with Russia and its former Soviet allies.
War with Iran (Part One) in the Middle East would proliferate thoughout the entire Middle East, leading to a joint declaration of war against the EU and the US by both Iran and Russia and their various allies (Part Two, aka World War III).
I find it ominous that an omen of this war went by virtually unnoticed three months ago.
Although on the surface the destruction of the Old Testament prophet Daniel's tomb in al-Wajihiya Iraq may appear to be old news, one must keep in mind that the passing of a mere three months between one event and others linked to it is hardly of consequence after over 2300 years. Apparently, "A group of gunmen using 4x4 vehicles planted a load of explosives around the tomb and detonated it bringing down the edifice and its green dome," the source told VOI. The gunmen proceeded to Bahbasa village near al-Wajihiya and killed five villagers and kidnapped at least 13 others, fleeing the scene unscathed."
There are obscure tales of the defiling of Nostradamus' tomb at the time the French Revolution and Reign of Terror broke out. The desecration of Daniel's tomb may have much more widespread and terrifying consquences.
Daniel was considered to be the greatest prophet of the ancient world, celebrated in a number of world religions in both east and west, and perhaps the only one to employ numerology along with ecstatic visions in his writings. His work clearly inspired many of the so-called "great monarch" prophesies which were further enhanced by mystics such as Methodius, Merlin, and Hillarion.
Daniel alone can be credited with prophesying the triggering event of World War III: a war declared by the king of Persia (Iran) against the king of the West. According to the chapter 8 of Daniel, where the king of Persia and the various kings of the Medes are allied and symbolised by a two-horned ram, the first stage of World War III begins at the Karun River near Irans western border with Iraq which flows into the Shatt al Arab. The power of the ram is eventually smitten by an he goat representing the first true king of the European Union. Only Nostradamus, it would appear, was likewise able to divine the dawning of this final era, unfortunately cached in quatrain form rather than in narrative. Daniel adhered to the narrative form with almost modern story-telling precision, a feat not matched in other ancient prophetic works and only accomplished in later years in Nostradamus' Epistle to Henry, King the Second.
This event, this dreadful war in the making, marks the beginning of the final age of mankind. The final age will be a great and terrible age of peace and horror, paradise and hell-on-earth, harmony and the bloodiest persecution in all of history. Over two hundred and thirty-five years of it, all begun by a comet, a fallen king, and a nuclear shot heard round the world in the gloomy, petroleum-soaked waters of the Persian Gulf.
Comet 17P/Holmes: star of peace or Mabus death star of destruction? Which shall it be?
Well, unfortunately, there is more to this celestial visitor than we may realise:
Simon's Necronomicon ~
when comets are to be seen in DRACONIS, there is great danger,
for the Cults of the Dragon
do rise up at that time, and make many sacrifices, not only of animals, but of men.
Draconis is near the region of Ursa Majoris, Perseus, and Cassiopia. Yes, this comet is definitely something to be concerned about. It is almost a Draconis comet. In addition there will be a full moon, and the Festival of Samhain is near. That means blood sacrifice to Satan on a massive scale (according to the above occult text), and, according to one viewer, this could mean war sacrifice, our fighting men and women abroad: the possible start of World War III. The viewer also suggests that the cults are bank owned governments of many nations, directly manipulated and controlled under the hand of international secret societies such as the Illuminati.
To this concept I would add the following quatrain by Nostradamus:
Fersod could be Sadr City. Muqtada al-Sadr, the Iraqi Shiite cleric, is allied with Ahmadinejad of Iran. There is also a lot of interest in Princess Diana's accident and death at this time. Photos taken of the princess just days before the tragedy prove beyond a doubt that she was pregnant. Images taken in the car reveal an Henri Paul who is either drunk or else zombified under mind control. One can see what appears to be a flash startling him. Look at the bright reflected light in Rees-Jones' pupils and Paul's eyeglasses. Recent reports place a pair of motorcyclists at the scene, one rider shining the bright light at the Mercedes. After the crash into the 13th pillar, the driver and rider made hand gestures of a job well done.
Vulcan is the god of fire and humans were sacrificed to it in huge caverns and furnaces. Nostradamus also warns that "when the great furnace is rebuilt," victims shall be burned alive. We can interpret this either as through warfare or by traditional human sacrifice, or both.
The yellow comet is currently expanding as well as brightening. Astronomers believe Comet 17P/Holmes may reach the size of the full moon in the nights ahead. The last comet to reach that size was Comet Hyakutake in 1996, which appeared as a blue-green, moon-sized apparition, although not anywhere as bright as the moon.
The erupting, expanding Comet Holmes may be a very dark miracle indeed.
UPDATE (10/31/07, 12:43 AM): OK. I found it! I couldn't see Comet McNaught for the life of me, but I can sure see this sucker! Look east from Cassiopia a few fists away and you will see a small triangle. The lower left star of the triangle is Comet Holmes. This is a deceptive little object. To the naked eye it looks like just another star about the same brightness as the ones it is next to. But train your binoculars on it, and you won't be able to see anything else! Suddenly it becomes a giant fuzzball! This is probably the strangest looking thing I have ever seen since Comet Hyakutake in March 1996, only this is yellow-white.
At this point, I don't know what else I can tell you other than it looks ominous. It is a perfect comet for Halloween. It may get larger, full moon size, and if it does, then the naked eye will not be able to confuse it with a star anymore. It will be another Hyakutake, only yellow instead of blue-green.
November 9, 2007. It is being reported that Comet Holmes is changing colour: to either green or yellow-green, although a small blue tail is also being noticed. My own sightings of the comet, when last I was able to see it a few nights ago, concur with yellow-green. However, this metamorphosis is likely to continue. Meantime, Holmes is half the diameter of the full moon. Before continuing, here is a recent report from yesterday:
Comet Holmes Turning Green-Blue
November 7, 2007
COMET 17P/HOLMES: Italian astronomer Paolo Candy has christened Comet Holmes "the Jellyfish Comet." This picture taken Nov. 6th through his 8-inch telescope shows why:
"It has a green head and blue tentacles," notes Candy. An 8-hour movie recorded by astronomer Filipe Alves of Atalaia, Portugal, shows the tentacles in motion. Indeed, it seems to be swimming.
Doug Zubenel of DeSoto, Kansas, sees a different likeness. "It looks like an alien creature from the 1960s TV show the Outer Limits. The episode entitled Moonstone, which first aired on March 9, 1964, features a white sphere found by lunar explorers which houses creatures of great intelligence. The resemblance to Comet Holmes is striking."
Jellyfish? Alien intelligence? Form your own opinion after sunset when Comet Holmes pops into view in the northern constellation Perseus. It is visible to the unaided eye and a fine target for binoculars and backyard telescopes.
In March 1996, Comet Hyakutake was twice as bright as Comet Holmes, only 9 million miles from earth, the size of the full moon (to the naked eye), and a very distinctive blue-green colour. As intriguing as Holmes is right now, largely because it "exploded" and brightened so many magnitudes it became an easy naked eye object when it was supposed to be invisible save to the most powerful telescopes, it does not hold a candle to Hyakutake. Not yet.
Technically, nothing has appeared in the sky thus far in many centuries that has truly earned the right to be called the Blue Star Kachina except Comet Hyakutake. And it clearly was not the "blue star" of prophecy because it happened so long ago with nothing much of consequence happening during or afterwards.
However, astronomer John Bortle, of Stormville, NY, has concluded that this comet could hold a major surprise for all of us. He believes another massive outburst like the recent one is possible again late this year or early next:
"Those who are familiar with terrestrial structural collapse situations are aware that the primary event often leaves a large amount of instability in the material involved," Bortle said. "This remaining instability will only remain for a short time before a further adjustment toward stability occurs, resulting in a major second collapse, with an outward physical appearance very similar to that of the initial event."
Back in 1892, Comet Holmes underwent a second outburst about 75 days after the first. Will there be a "cosmic aftershock" that will again cause the comet's brightness to again spike a similar number of days after the big Oct. 23 outburst this year? Bortle thinks it's a possibility. "I would urge everyone to watch very carefully for a possible repeat of this secondary event about the turn of the year," he said.
That would be around January 6 or January 7, 2008, unless it occurs earlier, say around Christmas. If there is a sigificant jump in magnitudes like this time, we could be looking at a blazing blue or blue-green star of magnitude -10 to -15, rivaling the four or five brightest comets ever seen since the death of Nostradamus.
This concerns me for the following reason:
Comet Holmes would not only fulfil my prediction for the miracle comet of October 2007 (which it already has), but it would also fulfill my prediction for the Blue Star Kachina appearing in February 2008 and worse, somehow might fulfill Richard Tassey's vision of a dangerous blue supernova that will cause the deaths of millions who look upon it:
February 2008, after all, is not very far away (only three months), thus this event could occur at any time. In any event, astronomers expect Comet Holmes to remain visible into at least January 2008, so I believe we must watch this comet very carefully. However, if it does go into major outburst, it may be best to not look at it! If my read on Tassey's vision is correct, the cosmic radiation from the outburst will enter through the eye into the brain and cause death for all who see it. Holmes is also located in the northeast per Tassey's vision of an eastern star. The Hopi prophecy also bodes ill for the United States since World War III could begin in autumn 2008 in the Middle East and in summer 2009 in Europe, leading to nuclear war between the US and Russia/China by September 2009.
Journalists Sorcha Faal and Victoria Hardy remind us that this comet appeared near the star Algol, also called "the head of Satan." Also, as I have discovered, because the comet appears in the constellation Perseus, it opens a direct route to the underworld, Hades, the land of the dead where the mythical warrior attacked and killed the Gorgon, Medusa. It is in Medusa's head that Comet Holmes appears. In the world's most ancient occult writings it is prophesied that an abrupt comet from this constellation, especially from the Medusa's third eye, shall usher in "The Dark Death" that precedes a great shedding of blood, the mass destruction of much of humanity.
By PATRICK ROWAN
Friday, February 02, 2007
Among the least predictable of celestial occurrences are comets. Last month, a comet did something truly remarkable: It went from being virtually unknown, to the brightest comet in more than 40 years - all in a matter of days. Despite this noteworthy performance, most skywatchers in our region - and the entire northern hemisphere - managed to miss this one. Its name is Comet McNaught, and it may well be the brightest comet that nobody saw.
Most comets visit the inner solar system seemingly at random, falling sun-ward from the outer reaches of the solar system, and a postulated reservoir of billions of hibernating comets called the Oort Cloud. Except for periodic comets with known solar orbits, no one knows when the next one is coming until ... well, until it is discovered.
Robert H. McNaught at Siding Springs Observatory in Australia has discovered and co-discovered dozens of comets and hundreds of asteroids. His most recent comet find was on Aug. 7. Designated C/2006 P1, it would become the Great Comet of 2007.
There were early hints that this Comet McNaught could present itself nicely during its closest approach to the sun, but few anticipated what did happen. For most of December, it was lost in the sun's glare. As it re-emerged in early January observers suspected that it might be up to something special. It soon brightened more rapidly than expected, and with so little warning, many skywatchers missed this treat. Finding it still took some planning, careful timing... and good luck, so nabbing this delight was especially sweet.
My first sighting came at dusk on Jan. 9 from a hilltop in Easthampton just days after I learned of its existence. I found it with binoculars, and then my naked eye in a space between some distant slate-grey clouds, and very close to the horizon. My second and final view came the next day from near the Connecticut River in Northampton.
It was hiding in plain sight in extraordinarily bright skies, and I managed to photograph it with a fixed tripod and near-daylight camera settings before it sank into the sunset. Even after its head had set, I captured its tail angling up from the horizon. Days later, and unknown to me, the extremely rare filamentary structure of its tail arced across the horizon like a faux aurora.
Comet McNaught was the brightest comet since Hale-Bopp in 1997, outshining it six-fold. Incredibly, some were able to see it in clear blue midday skies at its best simply by blocking the sun with a hand. That's a distinction last held by the yet-brighter Comet Ikeya-Seki in 1965. For McNaught, weather hindered daytime views in Western Massachusetts, and I am unaware of anyone who managed this feat locally.
McNaught saved its best evening show for those in the southern hemisphere, where people using off-the-shelf digital cameras imaged its incredibly complex curving tail more than 25 degrees long, putting our northern views to shame. Now the comet is headed away from the sun and us, shrinking and dimming as it speeds to the cold outer solar system whence it came ...
COMMENTS (2/2/07): Was Comet McNaught a "Great Comet?" Yes. Obviously it was. But the weather was terrible for viewing in many places. January can be a truly awful month to look for a comet.
Was it the comet I predicted? It certainly qualifies!
However, I still maintain that an easy naked-eye comet must yet appear ... one that will be accessible to everyone in the northern hemisphere. That is the only kind of comet Nostradamus would have written about. A well-placed comet like Hale-Bopp, in other words.
In one quatrain he mentions a Great Comet that will appear near Ursa Minor (the Little Bear); in another he describes a "bearded star" near Castor and Pollux. These are not southern hemisphere constellations or stars.
Will such a comet appear in or near October 2007? It still might. Otherwise, my own personal prediction was fulfilled nine months early (see 2007 (Part Two)).
Will the comet or comets of prophecy be very bright? Maybe. However, for the sake of perspective, bright as Comet McNaught was, 1965's Comet Ikeyi-Seki was considerably brighter!
The comet or comets Nostradamus prophesied about could end up being as bright as was Comet Kurtz in 1680 (magnitude -18) or the Great September Comet of 1882 (magnitude -17), both which peaked at magnitudes of -220 or greater (almost as bright as the the sun). These types of comets are called "Super Comets." The Vatican Comet of Nostradamus prophecy will have to be a Super Comet, in my opinion (unless it is not a comet at all, but Planet X).
GREAT SEPTEMBER COMET OF 1882: This comet is perhaps the brightest comet that has ever been seen; a gigantic member of the Kreutz Sungrazing Group. First spotted as a bright zero-magnitude object by a group of Italian sailors in the Southern Hemisphere on Sept. 1, this comet brightened dramatically as it approached its rendezvous with the Sun. By the 14th, it became visible in broad daylight and when it arrived at perihelion on the 17th it passed at a distance of only 264,000-miles from the Suns surface. On that day, some observers described the comets silvery radiance as scarcely fainter than the limb of the Sun, suggesting a magnitude somewhere between -15 and -20! The following day, observers in Cordoba described the comet as a blazing star near the Sun.
Consider the Vatican Comet quatrain:
The great star for seven days will burn,
The cloud will make two suns appear:
The great mastiff will be all night howling,
When the great pontiff changes his land.
In the days and weeks that followed, the comet became visible in the morning sky as an immense object sporting a brilliant tail. Today, some comet historians consider it as a Super Comet, far above the run of even Great Comets.
COMET KURTZ, another Super Comet, appeared in 1680 and reached an official magnitude of -18, but may have achieved a magnitude of around -20 to -22 at its brightest.
Extreme brightness is not always everything either. Comet Hyakutake was not that bright, only magnitude 0 ... yet it was impossible to miss! Why? Because it was so monstrously huge due to it being only 9 million miles from earth (the second closest comet in history). You cannot miss something the size of the full moon that is greenish-blue in colour even if it is dim.
So, in closing, was Comet McNaught the Mabus comet? Possibly McNot, but only time will tell.
January 23, 2007
AFP PHOTO DAVID LILLO (Photo credit should read DAVID LILLO/AFP/Getty Images) 2:38 p.m. ET, 1/19/07.
It is so impressive that it's already been named the "Great Comet of 2007." McNaught is the brightest comet of the past 40 years and it is delighting astronomy fans across the southern hemisphere. It may be a little bit early to be talking about the best of 2007, but in astronomy there is already a clear winner. The McNaught Comet, otherwise known as C/2006 P1, has been given the title "Great Comet of 2007," even though it's only January.
In fact, according to the European Southern Observatory (ESO), it is brighter than Hale-Bopp, Comet West, or any other comet of the last 40 years. "I'm not well enough acquainted with historical comets, but it is the best I've seen in my lifetime," Robert McNaught, the man who discovered the heavenly body, told SPIEGEL ONLINE.
Since the end of last week, the comet has been visible at night in the southern hemisphere; before that, its flight path was directly in front of the sun, which made it invisible to observers on earth.
The comet is currently delighting astronomy fans across the southern hemisphere, from New Zealand and Australia, to South America and Southern Africa. Two weeks ago it was possible to see the comet in Europe, particularly at dawn. The comet is 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) in diameter and as it came closer to the sun it brightened rapidly. It is now passing the earth at a speed of 100 kilometers per second (62 miles per second).
The Scottish-born McNaught, who works at the Siding Spring Observatory in Australia, discovered the C/2006 P1 in August. "It does feel a bit strange hearing my name on national news broadcasts, but the reality is they are talking about the comet and not me," he told SPIEGEL ONLINE. "Several folks with my surname, none directly related, have contacted me, mostly from the UK, Australia or the USA," he said. "They seem very proud of having their family name emblazoned across the sky." However, the comet has also caused some undue alarm. In New Zealand's capital Auckland, people rang the emergency services after they mistook the McNaught comet for a crashing airplane.
By Robert Roy Britt
Senior Science Writer
14 January 2007 11:12 am ET
A comet that has generated tremendous excitement the past week became visible in broad daylight Saturday in an event that will likely be recalled as the skywatching opportunity of a lifetime for many people. SPACE.com's Skywatching Columnist Joe Rao called it "one of the rarest of all cometary spectacles."
Comet McNaught is now the brightest comet in 40 years, according to the International Comet Quarterly at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
The comet is rounding the Sun and has been a challenge to spot for those watching in the evening. The daytime observations are made using a tall building or other promontory to block the Sun, then looking slightly east.
"I spotted it ... easily within two seconds with 7X50 binoculars as the Sun was hidden behind a promontory," Jay Ouellet of Quebec City told SPACE.com on Saturday.
Even your hand might do. Rao said many people saw it that way on Saturday with no optical aids. And he advises trying again Sunday. Look around Noon local time and search for the comet about 5 degrees left of the Sun. That's about the width of your fist on an outstretched arm. "Just block the Sun out with your hand and it should be sitting just to the left of the Suna tiny, white, elongated spot of light," Rao said. Binoculars will bring out details of the tail.
Astronomers caution, however, not to look directly at the Sun. It will damage your eyes. Especially do not look at the Sun through binoculars or a telescope. Its fantastic, said Wayne Winch of Bishop, California on the website Spaceweather.com. I put the Sun behind a neighbors house to block the glare and the comet popped right into view. You can even see the tail!
Each day at Noon, the comet will get farther from the Sun and lower toward the South.
The new darling of skywatchers is also visible on the Internet. Until about 11:00 a.m. ET on Monday, Jan. 15, it can be seen in near-live images from the SOHO spacecraft, which monitors the Sun.
Brightest since 1965
As Comet McNaught neared the Sun, more of its ice and dust was radiated off the surface. This material reflects sunlight, giving a comet its brilliance.
McNaught has become minus 5 on an astronomers brightness scale in which smaller numbers are brighter and negative numbers are the brightest of all. Venus shines at minus 4, brighter than any star. The full Moon is minus 12.7.
The only comet since 1935 to be brighter was Ikeya-Seki in 1965. It shone at magnitude minus 7. Comet McNaught, dazzling in pictures, is now far brighter than was the widely seen Hale-Bopp in 1997.
Comet McNaught is named for Australian astronomer Robert McNaught, who found it last year. The comet's evening show is nearly over for Northern Hemisphere skywatchers now as it sets just moments after the Sun on Sunday and then ahead of the Sun by mid-week. Beginning Sunday, skywatchers in the Southern Hemisphere might glimpse the comet soon after local sunset.
Comet McNaught over Minnesota (January 11, 2007)
By William Atkins
Tuesday, 09 January 2007
Cometary experts have calculated that the orbit of Comet McNaught should come as near as 15.8 million miles (25.4 million kilometers) from the Sun (what is called perihelion) on January 12, 2007. Thus, its brightness should peak on that date. At that time, it could be tens of times brighter than the planet Venus.
Comet McNaught was discovered by Australian astronomer Robert H. McNaught in August 7, 2006, while looking at a photograph taken from the Siding Spring Observatory near Coonabarabran in northwestern New South Wales, Australia. At that time, the comet was a faint and distant object. But, now, in January 2007, its orbital motion indicates that Comet McNaught (officially catalogued as C/2006 P1) might provide sky-watchers with dramatic views as it flashes around the Sun.
Comet 2006 P1 McNaught - January 3, 2007
In January 2007, Comet McNaught will be visible to the unaided eye both at sunset and sunrise when the horizon is viewed without any obstructions. It will be visible near the planet Venus and the constellations Aquila (near the celestial equator) and Ophiuchus (in the southern hemisphere). When the Sun is rising in the east the comet is seen just ahead of the Sun, and at sunset, the comet appears in the west just after the Sun sets under the horizon. The use of binoculars will show its gaseous tail. The best places in the northern hemisphere to see Comet McNaught is in Canada, the Scandinavian countries, and Alaska. However, it has been seen as far south as the Midwestern states in the United States and in France, Spain, and Italy in Europe.
Comet McNaughts maximum brightness on January 12th has been difficult to calculate due to its close angular distance from the Sun. However, as this angular distance increases, better brightness measurements will become available. Astronomers are hoping that it will provide fantastic views for sky-watchers.
In addition, between January 12 and 15, 2007, Comet McNaught will be observed by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), a joint effort of the ESA/NASA (European Space Agency/National Aeronautics and Space Administration). The SOHO spacecraft was launched in December 1995 to study the Sun and began standard operations in May 1996. It is located near the Earth-Sun L-1 (Lagrangian-1) point, a point of gravitational balance between the Earth and the Sun. The L-1 point is approximately 0.99 astronomical unit (AU) from the Sun and about 0.01 AU from the Earth. (One AU equals about 150 million kilometers (93 million miles)the approximate distance between the Earth and the Sun.)
From that position in space (which is identical to the Earth's orbital period about the Sun), the SOHO is able to constantly observe the Sun. Thus, the SOHO spacecraft should provide detailed pictures of the comet. The home Web page of SOHO is: http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/
Information about Comet McNaught
can be found at:
COMMENTS (1/9/07): It appears Comet C/2006 P1 McNaught may become as bright as magnitude -8.8, 40x brighter than Venus. There hasn't been a comet that bright since the early 1800s. It is currently magnitude -1 and getting brighter.
Look SSW in the evening sky just above the horizon at about 5 PM EST (or 20 to 40 minutes after sunset). It will be to the right of Venus. After January 13, it will disappear in the glare of the sun and then when it re-emerges it will be seen only in the Southern Hemisphere. However, it is possible if it reaches magnitude -8.8 that the tail will remain visible, shooting straight up vertically from the horizon in the northern hemisphere until about January 25.
Comet McNaught is currently brighter than magnitude -1: as bright as Comet Hale-Bopp was in late March/early April 1997. Thus, it is without question a major comet. That makes my prediction for a "great comet" in 2007 PREDICTION FULFILLED, although nine months early (see 2007 (Part Two)).
The big question is whether this comet is the same comet I am talking about in my prediction. Many people who might otherwise see this sight are missing it due to weather problems associated with the winter season in the northern hemisphere. Soon it will be seen only in the southern hemisphere. Still, many in Europe are seeing this, especially in France, Spain, and Italy according to the report at top (the very countries Nostradamus was most concerned about in a large number of his prophecies and when writing about sights seen in the heavens).
It is possible there could be two major comets this year. It would hardly be the first time such a thing happened. The last time two major comets appeared in the same year was in 1957 with Comet Arend-Roland (June 1957) and Comet Mrkos (August 1957). One has to go back to 1910, however, when two comets bright enough to be seen in daylight occurred in the same year. So, it is possible ... we'll have to see how McNaught plays out regarding any Nostradamus prophecies, although it appears a good contender for the Mabus comet now that Saddam Hussein is dead and the US has launched air strikes killing many people and animals in Somalia.
In my prediction, aside from stating that a "great comet" will come in 2007 that may be similar to Comet Ikeya-Seki, I state the following:
"I do not believe this comet will be Planet X (see the Planet X section). However, I do believe that it will be a sort of precursor: an omen that Planet X is only a few years away from being seen and close enough to our inner solar system to cause apocalyptic earth changes beforehand. We read in The Kolbrin of another time that God sent a comet or star to be marvelled at before the true agent of great destruction was to follow:
from The Kolbrin, Chapter 4: The Affliction of God ---
Will the next spectacular comet to grace our skies also be one prophesied by Nostradamus ... or just another major comet?
Here are some quatrains we should be concerned about. Bear in mind there is no guarantee that the next comet will actually be any of these:
During the appearance of the
Mabus will soon die, then
For some background regarding the Nostradamus figure named Mabus go here:
I would point out that terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was likely not the Mabus. Destruction and death certainly did follow a month later during Israel's war with Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon, but not on the scale suggested by Nostradamus, nor on a scale any greater (or as great) than other recent air campaigns in the 1990s (Iraq, Bosnia, and Kosovo) and the 2001-2003 period (Afghanistan 2001, the West Bank and Lebanon again in 2002, and Iraq in 2003).
Also, no major comet was easily visible throughout the northern hemispehere during the time of Musab al-Zarqawi's death ... or during Israel's six-week war in Lebanon.
All indications, at this time, are that Saddam Hussein was Mabus:
NEW MABUS ALERT: SADDAM'S EXECUTION
COULD BE TRIGGER FOR NUCLEAR WAR!
The dart from the sky will make its
Death while speaking: a great execution:
The stone in the tree, the proud nation brought down,
Human mist, the purged monster to make expiation.
January 4, 2007 (3:35 AM EST), UPDATED January 20, 2007 (5:34 AM EST): I was looking over the recording of the execution of Saddam Hussein and noticed that the trap was sprung when he was in mid-sentence saying a prayer. He literally died while speaking. This caused me to recall another phrase: "a great execution." Then I realised these phrases appeared in a Nostradamus quatrain. The quatrain is above.
I have long thought the dart was a missile of some sort and that the "execution" was of people caught in mid-sentence when the nuclear warhead exploded. Now I am not so sure! What if the "dart" is Comet C/2006 P1 McNaught, now visible in the southern hemisphere and visible earlier this month in the north until about January 13?
That is correct. It wasn't supposed to be a northern comet at all, not attaining naked eye visibility until after re-emerging from the glare of the sun in the southern hemisphere. But it brightened on January 1 and is now a major comet. It brightened two days after Saddam Hussein was executed.
It is unknown whether Comet C/2006 P1 McNaught will still become as bright as magnitude - 8.8 as earlier projected (40x brighter than Venus). It remains a possibility. There hasn't been a comet that bright since Comet Ikeya-Seki appeared in October and November 1965 (some observations place Ikeya-Seki's utmost magnitude at - 10). It is currently brighter than Venus at a staggering magnitude of - 6 and can also be seen during daylight in the northern hemisphere. At this time Comet McNaught qualifies as a "great comet" (one out of eight such comets seen during the last 263 years). That is all it need do to be the Mabus comet.
Southern hemisphere viewers can look SSW in the evening sky just above the horizon 20 to 40 minutes after sunset. It will be to the left of Venus. It is possible if it reaches magnitude -8.8 that the tail will remain visible in the north, shooting straight up vertically from the horizon in the northern hemisphere until about January 25. At that point we may see its tail shooting up from the horizon as a shaft of light! Like a dart of light, like the shaft of an arrow of light!
This is the latest view of Comet McNaught as seen during the early morning of 19 January, 2007 from Pucon, Calafquen Lake sector, some 900 km (500 miles) south from Santiago, Chile:
AFP PHOTO DAVID LILLO (Photo credit should read DAVID LILLO/AFP/Getty Images) 2:38 p.m. ET, 1/19/07.
The "stone" is believed by many Nostradamus experts to be the nuclear warhead on the tip of a missile, and the "tree" the plume of fiery debris and smoke rising heavenward after the explosion.
Nostradamus may be describing the United States as "the proud nation." The US will be "brought down" fast because of some horrible weapon. A nuclear weapon or weapons!
In the last line he says that human beings will be turned into mist during what can only be a nuclear attack.
Saddam Hussein is the "monster purged" from Iraq, and the price he paid ("expiation") for his crimes against humanity was his hanging!
Mabus will soon die, then
Now will the "great destruction of humans and beasts" follow? Is there to be "sudden vengeance" against America for the execution of Mabus (Saddam) in the form of nuclear terrorism?
Or will there actually be a nuclear war ?
Because Saddam died heroically and because he was mocked at his execution by Shi'a who support Muqtada al-Sadr, the Sunni populace is enraged and preparing for civil war in ernest.
As I write, the first great destruction of humans and beasts is being reported in the wake of a US air strike in Somalia:
U.S. strikes at al Qaeda in Somalia, "many dead"
Tue 9 Jan 2007 5:22 AM ET
By Guled Mohamed
No escape Somali refugees run through a dust storm at the Ifo refugee camp, near Dadaab, about 80 kilometres from the border with Kenya.
Photo: Reuters/Radu Sigheti
MOGADISHU, Jan 9 (Reuters) - A U.S. attack plane killed many people with barrages of gunfire in a remote Somali village occupied by Islamists thought to be hiding at least one al Qaeda suspect, a Somali government source said on Tuesday.
In the first known direct U.S. military intervention in Somalia since a failed peacekeeping mission that ended in 1994, an AC-130 plane rained gunfire on the desolate southern village of Hayo near the Kenyan border late on Monday.
"I understand there are so many dead bodies and animals in the village," the senior source told Reuters.
The U.S. Navy also confirmed it had moved the aircraft carrier Eisenhower to the Somali coast -- Africa's longest -- to beef up a naval cordon it had already put there as the Islamists sought refuge in the remote southern tip.
"They are, with other ships, making sure that terrorists are not able to use the sea as a means of transport," said Charlie Brown, a spokesman for the U.S. Fifth Fleet, which is based in the Gulf state of Bahrain.
U.S. intelligence believes Abu Talha al-Sudani, identified in grand jury testimony against Osama bin Laden as an explosives expert from Sudan, is the leader of east Africa's al Qaeda cell and has been in and out of Somalia for over a decade.
"The Americans are saying an al Qaeda member heading operations in east Africa is among the Islamists there," the source said. He did not know the man's name or whether he died.
U.S., Ethiopian and Kenyan intelligence officials say some Islamists have provided shelter to a handful of al Qaeda members, including suspects in the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania and a 2002 hotel bombing on the Kenyan coast.
Besides al-Sudani, Washington has named Comorian Fazul Abdullah Mohammed and Kenyan Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan among the al Qaeda members in Somalia.
The Washington Post, quoting unnamed military sources, said al-Sudani was one target of the raid.
US air strike on Somali village - 9 Jan 2007
Comet McNaught from Perth skies - 16 Jan 2007
The air strike on Somalia fulfills one of my predictions on 2007 (Part One) where I actually name Somalia as a potential target.
Could this be the start of the "great destruction of people and beasts?" Is the US planning on other attacks in other countries, perhaps another "shock and awe" air assault in Iraq to destroy all insurgents and the long-waited air strikes on Iran? What of North Korea's Kim Jong Il and his recent announcement that another nuclear test will be conducted very soon ... could Kim actually be planning an attack against the United States under the guise of nuclear tests? Events in space and on earth are moving quickly ...
By FRANK D.
Astronomers around the world are pointing their telescopes toward the expected appearance of a new supernova - the explosion of a massive and very distant star. The excitement follows the detection on Feb. 17 of an unprecedented blast of high-energy radiation, called a gamma ray burst, from a galaxy 440 million light years from Earth.
Gamma ray bursts, or GRBs, are observed about once a day. But astronomers trace almost all of them to the extreme depths of the universe, billions of light years away. They're the most powerful events in space, but they rarely last longer than 100 seconds.
This one startled the world's astrophysicists because it was only one-twentyfifth as far away from the Earth as is the typical gamma ray burst. Although it seemed unusually weak, it lasted for 2,000 seconds - more than a half-hour. "We're thinking, "Wow! What are we seeing?' And when we saw a little more of the data, we were really quite amazed. It looks nothing like anything anyone had ever seen," said Frank E. Marshall, an astrophysicist at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
Scientists believe they have a ringside seat to the death of a star with at least 10 times the mass of our sun. The gamma radiation has faded now, but astronomers everywhere are watching for the "afterglow" as the debris expands and brightens in visible wavelengths over the next week or so.
It could become bright and visible enough for amateur astronomers with especially large telescopes. But the best news is that the blast occurred far enough from Earth to pose no danger. Had the explosion gone off in our own Milky Way galaxy, Marshall said, "we'd be in a lot of trouble. Depending on how close it was, it could remove our atmosphere, and there would be an enormous radiation bath."
Gamma ray bursts were first noticed in the 1960s by Defense Department satellites watching for Soviet nuclear tests. Even into the 1990s, scientists weren't sure what GRBs were, or whether they came from the outskirts of our solar system, from inside the Milky Way, or from deep in the universe beyond ...
COMMENTS (2/28/06): At first glance, it appears that what we may have here is not a destroyer, but instead a long-awaited omen from space:
It is said in Hopi Indian prophecy that a great blue star will appear in the heavens and then afterward either a great universal awakening of spirituality and harmony will follow or humanity will continue on a "jagged path" which will taper off into oblivion. This jagged path may be the Hopi version of the biblical "latter days."
There is some confusion regarding the blue star depending on which versions of the Hopi prophecies you read. One of the most famous is by White Feather who says the blue star will be "a dwelling-place in the heavens" that falls to earth with a great crash. This may be the ISS (International Space Station) a few years from now, in 2007 or 2008.
However, other interpreters of the Hopi prophecies believe the Blue Star Kachina will be a cosmic event, a real star, supernova, or comet that will herald in a terrible global war. Here is one such interpretation:
From the Prophecies of the Hopi Peoples (Frank Waters) --
World War III will be started by those peoples who first revealed the light (of divine wisdom) in the other old countries. The United States will be destroyed, land and people, by atomic bombs and radioactivity. Only the Hopis and their homeland will be preserved as an oasis to which refugees will flee ...
The war will be a spiritual conflict with material matters. Material matters will be destroyed by spiritual beings who will remain to create one world and one nation under one power, that of the Creator.
That time is not far off. It will come when the Saquasohuh (Blue Star) Kachina dances in the plaza and removes his mask. He represents a blue star, far off and yet invisible, which will make its appearance soon ...
"Far off and yet invisible, which will make its appearance soon." Sounds a good deal like our gamma-burst supernova, doesn't it?
And where will the war begin according to the Hopi? Where will the United States go to fight first?
"Those who possessed the first light of wisdom" and "those peoples who first revealed the light in the other old countries" can only mean one thing: "the white man" (America) will go to war as ally of some and enemy of others in the old wise nations of India, China, Korea, Iran, and the Middle East. The Hopi never mention Russia, but we can conclude the war spreads and, based on our other evidence, that the "many columns of smoke and fire" and the "atomic bombs and radioactivity" will come from Russia (and perhaps China and North Korea too).
Note that the last time a major bluish comet appeared in the northern hemisphere China was holding its largest war games ever off the coast of Taiwan, had fired missiles close to the Taiwan coast, and was threatening to nuke Los Angeles. Comet Hyakutake, blue-green in colour, reached its peak brightness on March 23, 1996, the very same day the war games reached their climax and Taiwan held a presidential election.
That day may have been a closer call than we'll ever know.
Now, what happens when this supernova becomes visible?
This entire affair has brought into remembrance a warning revealed to me by email that has been appearing on this page for some now. A blue "star" is now gradually becoming visible to astronomers in the form of what they anticipate will be a very bright hypernova (yes, hypernova ... due to the gamma ray burst, that is the actual term for it) one which will brighten enough to be seen in small telescopes. Soon the blue star or blue ring, whichever form it will take, could exceed astronomers' expectations and become visible to the naked eye.
It is located in the constellation Aries, the Ram. The significance of this has yet another dimension (the Ram is the symbol for Persia, now modern Iran, in Daniel's prophecy), but if this hypernova is the one emailer Richard Tassey was revealed, he claims, in a vision from God, do not look at it. For some reason millions of people will die, either from looking at it, or from events that will occur at the time it is visible:
"I saw an angel in the sky up above the earth and to the east, and when it moved there was a bright explosion of white light. All of a sudden it turned into a bluish white ring of fire and started to move in every direction." -- Richard Tassey
"World War III will be started by those peoples who first revealed the light (of divine wisdom) in the other old countries. The United States will be destroyed, land and people, by atomic bombs and radioactivity. Only the Hopis and their homeland will be preserved as an oasis to which refugees will flee ... That time is not far off. It will come when the Saquasohuh (Blue Star) Kachina dances in the plaza and removes his mask. He represents a blue star, far off and yet invisible, which will make its appearance soon." -- Hopi prophecy by Frank Waters
"The flash of heat and light might flash-burn anything not in the shade. Heating the atmosphere would cause big winds. The air would be much hotter for weeks, as hot as an oven depending on the distance. This would affect the other side of the Earth eventually." -- Space.com
----- Original Message -----
From: Richard Tassey
Sent: Thursday, August 18, 2005 2:36 AM
Subject: HELP PLEASE!
Hello, i want to say that two years before september 11 happened i had a dream, and i heard GOD'S voice tell me that his grace had almost run out, and when i saw the event that he had shown, which was the 11, to know that it was almost time. Now i saw all september 11 just like i was there and among the people, and when it happened doubters knew i had heard from GOD.
The reason i am writing you is he has now given a new dream. I saw an angel in the sky up above the earth and to the east, and when it moved there was a bright explosion of white light. All of a sudden it turned into a bluish white ring of fire and started to move in every direction. I was told that it is one of GOD'S final chastisements on mankind for the evil that is so bad, and this ring of fire will kill millions. Those that go in and pray and repent and do not look upon it will live.
I know you will not believe me, but i have to do what the Father wills and he wants me to tell as many as i can so they will have time to repent. Please believe what i am saying: i am just a man that has been shown this and i am scared too. It is almost time for this event to take place and millions are going to die. I am asking for you to help reach the people that will hear what the Father has said to me. May the peace and grace be upon all that are the Father's. Amen
Can I quote your name as the source??
Also, you say you saw the events of September 11 and they were revealed as though imminent. Yet two years passed before they happened.
Do you know if this vision will be any sooner than the last one?
I'm not doubting you, only wishing to clarify. It could mean that this space-based event might not happen for another two years.
Time in Heaven is not reckoned the same as it is to us mortals on earth. A year can seem as a day ...
Of course, some of what I have vividly dreamed (and seemingly been "shown") has taken anywhere from two years to ten years to happen, with some things still waiting in the future.
The colour blue is also very significant, possibly relating to the Blue Star Kachina prophecy.
----- Original Message -----
From: Richard Tassey
Sent: Thursday, August 18, 2005 8:07 PM
Subject: Re: HELP PLEASE!
Yes, you can use my name if you like, it does not matter because only the message does. When i first had the dream about september 11, and the voice told me and showed me that two buildings would blow up, i knew it was GOD with everything inside me, and i knew it was more than a dream but something that had to happen. Now i have had many dreams and some are just dreams to help in everyday life. But these two were very different in the way that it felt like i was there and everything was in full color Now concerning the times.
The one about september 11 i did not even know when it would take place, but i was told when you see this event take place the Grace of our creator has almost reached it limit. In the dream i was on top of a bridge and when the voice spoke all of a sudden i was at the base in between two buildings that were identical. As me and my wife watched the twin towers get hit i jumped up screaming it has come to pass and started crying, and me and my wife prayed. Let me tell you, people that had thought i was crazy were not saying that no more.
Well the dream about the ring of fire, all i know is it has to do with chastisment because of evil of men and women and the wars and killing of babies. I know that it is getting close. The father never tells the day to any prophet, not even in the bible, but just tells us to warn them ... I know who i am, and most people do not believe me, and that's the sad part because if they believed they could listen to what the Father has to say. Another thing: there are a lot of people claiming to be prophets and some are, but only the ones that are warning people to repent and love and forgive are the true prophets of the Father's.
I was told this ring of fire will kill millions, and right now i am very sad because i am disabled and not very many people on the web will help me to get this word out, they just do not believe. I am a person that has seen many things that would boggle the minds of most people. I even have a five year old son that GOD raised from the dead and it is documented.
I do thank you for responding. Most just want to relay dreams and vision that are not of GOD, and also GOD said only those that want to know the real truth and are searching will believe what he has shown me.
Well i will let you go and all i can say is this event will take place soon and it is up to the Father, for it does not thrill him to have to punish his own children, but he is just, and evil is now to the point that it has made him pass jugment, and at least i have done what he wills. I hope you can help. May the grace and peace be upon all that are the Father's. Amen
August 21, 2005: Since the early 1970s, astronomers have speculated about the danger posed to our planet by exploding stars called supernovae. Among the negative aspects to such an event would be the sudden depletion of Earth's protective ozone layer, the thinking goes. Left naked to space, we might then be fried by the UV rays of our own Sun.
Researchers have suggested that one or more mass extinctions during the past few hundred million years might have been triggered by supernovae, and that it might happen again. The study found that for a supernova to significantly deplete ozone it would have to occur within 26 light-years of our planet. Other data shows that this happens only about once in a billion years.
Another worry are so-called hypernovae, which are related to mysterious gamma-ray bursts in deep space. Astronomers believe these are similar to supernovae but that a beam of concentrated energy, emanating along the star's axis of rotation, happens to be pointed at Earth. Though the new study did not look into the hypernovae hazard, it's likely for one aimed at Earth to occur once every couple of hundred million years somewhere in our galaxy.
By Robert Roy
Senior Science Writer
19 June 2001
Shooting out jets of energy or blobs of stuff the size of Earth at nearly light-speed, exploding stars called supernovae may hold more potential peril than anyone had ever imagined, according to a growing suspicion among some researchers. While scientists have long tried to link supernovae to mass extinctions on Earth, there is no solid evidence. But recent observations of high-energy emissions in space have some scientists suggesting that our planet may in fact get fried every now and then.
For three decades, scientists have been puzzling over brief but intense flashes of energy known as gamma ray bursts. These GRBs, as they are called, pack more punch than any other cosmic event. Their source has been a mystery, but so far they have been observed only coming from the far corners of the cosmos.
But for the past three years, increasing evidence has linked GRBs to supernovae, a far more common event. The latest thinking, though controversial, goes like this: A giant aged star casts off its outer shell in a last gasp that sends a bubble of matter and energy racing outward. The rest of the star's matter implodes. Jets of material, or perhaps individual blobs of matter, are later hurled in two opposite directions, at nearly the speed of light, along the axis of the rotating stellar corpse. These expulsions pierce the supernova's original expanding bubble, generating a flash of high-energy radiation known as gamma rays.
If the jets or blobs happen to be pointed our way, we see the event. And if one were to be generated nearby in our galaxy and were directed at Earth, some scientists say the planet could be toast.
Fry a planet
How bad could it be? While no one can say for sure, one gamma ray expert has generated a frightening scenario. Stanford E. Woosley, an astrophysicist at the University of California, Santa Cruz, said that even from the far side of our galaxy, a GRB would be as bright as the Sun -- not in visible light, but in gamma rays. Luckily, most gamma rays -- all but the highest energy versions -- do not penetrate Earth's atmosphere. Butt the visible light does.
"Something this intense would create an optical flash by scattering electrons in the upper atmosphere and creating something like a super-aurora," Woosley said. It's an idea he's working on but has not yet published. "The flash of heat and light might flash-burn anything not in the shade," he said. "Heating the atmosphere would cause big winds. The air would be much hotter for weeks, as hot as an oven depending on the distance. This would affect the other side of the Earth eventually."
Ocean life would be spared in Woosley's scenario. But there is no consensus on whether gamma ray bursts are actually linked to supernovae, and there's even less agreement over how dangerous they might be.
Still, NASA scientists acknowledge the threat, describing it this way on a GRB informational Web page: "A gamma ray burst originating in our neck of the Milky Way, within a thousand light-years or so, could lead to mass extinction on Earth. Gamma rays interacting in the Earth's atmosphere would burn away the ozone layer, allowing deadly ultraviolet radiation to penetrate through the atmosphere. The influx of radiation would lead to widespread cancer and other diseases."
In closing, we have been bombarded by gamma rays from a hypernova. If the above report from 2001 is true, we may see a great increase in cancer and other forms of auto-immune system damage in the months and years immediately ahead. When the blue ring finally is visible to the naked eye, a flash-burning may take place, blinding some people, possibly causing minor burns on the skin as well. Hot winds will be blamed on "solar storms" whilst heat waves, super-hurricanes, and rising water will be credited to an acceleration in global warming.
Yet, as terrible as this may sound, it nothing compared with what will happen when Planet X approaches or the havoc it is already causing in the form of massive tsunamis, increased tornadic activity, killer earthquakes and mega thrusts, and increased volcanic activity, not to mention protracted hurricane seasons. A hypernova will amplify some of these phenomenon and create other severe problems of its own.
December 1, 2005
SETI Institute scientist and meteor expert Peter Jenniskens reports in a telegram issued by the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center that an unexpected burst of meteors on October 5, 2005 has occurred, which betrayed the presence of a thusfar unknown, potentially Earth-threatening, comet.
The burst of meteors radiated from a direction on the border of the constellations Draco and Camelopardalis, and the new shower is called the October Camelopardalids. The meteors were caused by dust ejected by an Intermediate Long-Period comet during its previous return to the Sun, and the detection of the comet's dust trail implies that the comet itself could wander into Earth's path, if so directed by the gravitational pull of the planets. The comet itself has not yet been discovered and is likely to return to Earth's vicinity only once every 200 - 10,000 years. Chances are very small that Earth will be at the intersection point at the time of the return, hence, there is no immediate concern. The dust, however, is forensic evidence that may provide more insight into the nature of this new comet when the meteor shower is seen again in the future.
2005 OCTOBER 5 OUTBURST OF OCTOBER CAMELOPARDALIDS
Peter Jenniskens, Jarmo Moilanen, Esko Lyytinen, Ilkka Yrjölä, Jeff Brower
Abstract of the report in WGN: the Journal of the International Meteor Organization
"Jarmo Moilanen (Finland), detected twelve meteors from a compact geocentric radiant at R. A. = 164.1 ± 2.0º, Decl. = +78.9 ± 0.5º, on the border of Draco and Camelopardalis, in the evening of October 5, 2005. The differential mass distribution index was a low s = 1.4 ± 0.2 (+0 to -6 magnitude). The new shower was confirmed by Esko Lyytinen (2 meteors, early period only, located at 25.00 E; +60.25 N) and Ilkka Yrjölä (4 meteors: 26.4 E, +60.9 N) at nearby locations, and by Sirko Molau in Germany (7 meteors). Esko Lyytinen calculated an apparent speed of Vg = 47.3 ± 0.5 km/s from one two-station meteor, close to the parabolic limit. We conclude that the event was caused by the 1-revolution dust trail of a yet unidentified potentially Earth-threatening (Halley-type or) Intermediate Long-Period comet with orbital elements similar to those of the meteoroids: Epoch = 2005 October 05, a = Inf. (15 - Inf.) AU, q = 0.993±0.001 AU, w = 170.5±1º, W = 192.59±0.04º , and i = 79.3±0.5º (J2000.0)."
COMMENTS (December 12, 2005): This news report has gone largely ignored. What people do not understand about this report is the timing. It does not say that this deadly comet will not cross earth's path for another 200 to 10,000 years. It simply says that it does so every 200 to 10,000 years.
That means they know how often it does this ... but not when it will next do so. It could be any time between 200 - x to 10,000 - x.
What if, in the case of 200 years, x = 198? That would mean the next passage would be 200 - 198 or 2 years from now.
Bear in mind the other thing reported: this comet has not yet been discovered. That means it is not any of the comets catalogued since 1805 (when cataloguing was not as complete or as sophisticated as it has been since the early 20th Century). If the passage was longer ago than that (between 200 and 10,000 years), it almost certainly was never catalogued. That implies that its last passage was a long time ago, and the longer ago it was, the more likely it may approach earth in the near future.
Also, since the last close encounter with Nibiru (Planet X) was in antiquity, it is possible the comet in question could be the very same.
In other words, this report may be yet another "cover story" or potential smoking gun concerning a coming encounter with Planet X.
I would also point out that several weeks before, during, and several weeks after the period of the new October meteor shower (the "October Camelopardalids"), postings concerning sightings of red dust and dust clouds have escalated on internet forums over the last five years.
I myself, along with my cousin, his wife, and daughter, saw a band of rust-coloured particles in the northeast and eastern sky in mid-October 2000. We were out in country, far away from city lights with very clear dark skies, standing in line to purchase tickets at an outdoor gathering where some 2,000 other people also were: a Halloween hayride with other attractions held from October 1 to October 31. I don't know how many of these people saw it. But if we pointed it out to other people, they made remarks like "that is weird-looking" or "yeah, I saw it, but didn't know what it was." Many people probably didn't notice it because the rust colour blended deceptively into the rest of the sky for those only seeing it peripherally. I didn't see it at first when my cousin pointed it out. After I saw it, it was hard for me to see anything else!
Ergo, if we have been passing through this red dust for at least five years every October, I believe that Nibiru is likely very near.
In any event, the comet of this article could very well be the "great" comet I have predicted will either appear or be "discovered" in October 2007. Whether this "comet" may actually be the long-awaited Nibiru, Planet X, or the Great Destroyer remains to be seen. See Arrival of "The Great Comet" on 2007.
For comet-related prophecy, go here.
Dwarf planet could become brightest comet
Updated Fri. Jan. 19 2007 1:06 PM ET
Dragana Kovacevic , DiscoveryChannel.ca
A large, elongated "potato", 2003 EL61 could someday turn into the brightest comet ever known, according to astronomers.
This little world is as big as Pluto when you consider its longest dimension, with a core made up of rock, and a surface enveloped by ice.
2003 EL61 is also one of the largest of a group of icy objects that navigate an outer region of our Solar System, known as the Kuiper Belt.
The area is known to harbour countless comets, but scientists say you shouldn't hold your breath about 2003 EL61. That's because the projected début of its cosmic light show is two million years away, if it happens.
Mike Brown, professor at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, calculated that the object has a projected path that would likely bring it to where it would be seen as a short-period comet from Earth at that point.
Flying through the cosmos
The reason the object would become so bright is that Neptune's gravity would likely pull it towards the Sun, where its icy surface would vapourize, forming a grand "tail".
But there are other reasons too: the object is much more oval than most such bodies - a shape largely attributed to its extremely rapid rotation (it spins once around its axis every few hours).
Comet McNaught's show continues
Meanwhile, Comet McNaught, which has for weeks been dazzling viewers in the Northern Hemisphere and now the Southern Hemisphere, is fast becoming the brightest comet of modern times.
COMMENTS: Note the legendary "egg-like" shape attributed by the ancients to Nibiru. Note also that the phrase "the projected début of its cosmic light show is two million years away, if it happens" is probably disinformation about something more likely to happen in two years. WE ARE BEING PREPARED. Even the name 2003 EL61 should be a subject of concern: May 2003 was supposed to be the "target month and year" for the close approach of PX according to Nancy Lieder, who was made a laughing stock for her premature projection and for the fact that she received her information by channeling space aliens, and EL could indeed be a cryptic abbreviation of ELE (Extinction Level Event), a term most fans of the film Deep Impact are quite familiar with.
What we have seen recently with forest fires consuming as many as nine US states at once or half of Australia, numerous freak tornadoes, many in places not accustomed to having tornadic activity, major volcanic eruptions such as those of Mount Tungurahua and Mount Merapi, super hurricanes like Katrina and Rita, and the December 2004 Sumatra earthquake and resulting tsunami are but a "tip of the iceberg" of what will happen when Planet X gets really close to earth.
An extinct comet may be slowing 'Planet X' -- University team's theory causes stir
Aug 30 2004
IT'S one of the many mysteries of the solar system. Does the cold and faraway Sedna have a moon?
The planetoid, once dubbed Planet X, was discovered earlier this year at the furthest edge of the Solar System, eight billion miles from Earth.
But its discovery puzzled astronomers, who found that it had an extremely slow rate of rotation - spinning on its axis once every 20 Earth days compared to the Earth's once every 24 hours. The puzzle gave rise to the idea that the newly-found body must have a partner moon, whose tides were slowing it down. But despite searches by Nasa's space telescopes, Hubble and Spitzer, none has been found.
Now a team of astronomers at Cardiff University have created a stir in scientific circles by coming up with a possible answer. Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe and his team at the Centre for Astrobiology, have suggested the missing moon may in fact be an entirely new type of celestial object.
Writing in the astronomical magazine The Observatory, Prof Wickramasinghe and his colleagues, who include his daughter Janaki and Professor Bill Napier, suggest that Sedna's partner may be more like a huge extinct comet rather than a rocky planetary body.
They believe the outer crust of the missing object could be made of sticky organic particles left behind when the ice that traditionally forms a comet melts away and was captured by Sedna. The resulting body would be so black because much of it is empty space.
With such a "fairy castle" structure, the moon would absorb more than 99% of all the light that hit it, the team says.
"Why Sedna spins so slowly is a mystery but slow spin tends to mean that a moon is slowing it down," said Prof Wickramasinghe yesterday. "If it was a moon like Pluto's moon Charon, or our own, we should be able to see it. Why don't we see it? The answer I think is that it's blacker than black and the only object it could be is a comet, which makes up some of the darkest objects in the solar system."
Prof Wickramasinghe said moons, or more technically- termed satellites, tended to be captured objects and while the debate over the origin of the Earth's Moon continues, the moons of the outer planets - and there are plenty of them - had certainly been captured in the past.
Recent evidence, such as photographs of Saturn's moon Phoebe for instance, revealed a dark and irregular chunk of rock, little like the shape of most other known moons such as our own. Pictures of the comet Wildt taken by the Stardust satellite revealed it to be extremely dark in patches. "There's no easy explanation for such blackness except for the fact that the comet is a seething boiling cauldron of organic material," he said.
Now Prof Wickramasinghe is hoping that other astronomers will pick up on his theory and start to search for the missing comet/moon and others like it. Because dark matter emits little light it will be invisible to optical telescopes, but it might emit infrared radiation and be able to be picked up by infra- red telescopes.
As yet no such object has definitely been found in the solar system. But Prof Wickramasinghe believes that if there is one, there may well be hundreds, lurking beyond the outer planets of Neptune and Pluto.
"If there is a moon, it has to be the darkest object in the solar system," he said. "And if Sedna has captured such an object, there must be hundreds of other large comet objects in the vicinity."
Most Distant Object in Solar System Discovered
March 15, 2004
NASA-funded researchers have discovered the most distant object orbiting Earth's Sun. The object is a mysterious planet-like body three times farther from Earth than Pluto.
"The Sun appears so small from that distance that you could completely block it out with the head of a pin," said Dr. Mike Brown, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif., associate professor of planetary astronomy and leader of the research team. The object, called "Sedna" for the Inuit goddess of the ocean, is 13 billion kilometers (8 billion miles) away, in the farthest reaches of the solar system.
In this artist's visualization, the newly discovered planet-like object, dubbed "Sedna," is shown where it resides at the outer edges of the known solar system. The object is so far away that the Sun appears as an extremely bright star instead of a large, warm disc observed from Earth. All that is known about Sedna's appearance is that it has a reddish hue, almost as red and reflective as the planet Mars. In the distance is a hypothetical small moon, which scientists believe may be orbiting this distant body.
Instrument: Samuel Oschin Telescope * Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech * Image Note: sedna-art
This is likely the first detection of the long-hypothesized "Oort cloud," a faraway repository of small icy bodies that supplies the comets that streak by Earth. Other notable features of Sedna include its size and reddish color. After Mars, it is the second reddest object in the solar system. It is estimated Sedna is approximately three-fourths the size of Pluto. Sedna is likely the largest object found in the solar system since Pluto was discovered in 1930.
Brown, along with Drs. Chad Trujillo of the Gemini Observatory, Hawaii, and David Rabinowitz of Yale University, New Haven, Conn., found the planet-like object, or planetoid, on Nov. 14, 2003. The researchers used the 48-inch Samuel Oschin Telescope at Caltech's Palomar Observatory near San Diego. Within days, telescopes in Chile, Spain, Arizona and Hawaii observed the object. NASA's new Spitzer Space Telescope also looked for it.
Sedna is extremely far from the Sun, in the coldest known region of our solar system, where temperatures never rise above minus 240 degrees Celsius (minus 400 degrees Fahrenheit). The planetoid is usually even colder, because it approaches the Sun only briefly during its 10,500-year solar orbit. At its most distant, Sedna is 130 billion kilometers (84 billion miles) from the Sun, which is 900 times Earth's solar distance.
Scientists used the fact that even the Spitzer telescope was unable to detect the heat of the extremely distant, cold object to determine it must be less than 1,700 kilometers (about 1,000 miles) in diameter, which is smaller than Pluto. By combining available data, Brown estimated Sedna's size at about halfway between Pluto and Quaoar, the planetoid discovered by the same team in 2002.
The elliptical orbit of Sedna is unlike anything previously seen by astronomers. However, it resembles that of objects predicted to lie in the hypothetical Oort cloud. The cloud is thought to explain the existence of certain comets. It is believed to surround the Sun and extend outward halfway to the star closest to the Sun. But Sedna is 10 times closer than the predicted distance of the Oort cloud. Brown said this "inner Oort cloud" may have been formed by gravity from a rogue star near the Sun in the solar system's early days.
"The star would have been close enough to be brighter than the full moon, and it would have been visible in the daytime sky for 20,000 years," Brown explained. Worse, it would have dislodged comets farther out in the Oort cloud, leading to an intense comet shower that could have wiped out some or all forms of life that existed on Earth at the time.
Rabinowitz said there is indirect evidence that Sedna may have a moon. The researchers hope to check this possibility with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Trujillo has begun to examine the object's surface with one of the world's largest optical/infrared telescopes, the 8-meter (26-foot) Frederick C. Gillett Gemini Telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii. "We still don't understand what is on the surface of this body. It is nothing like what we would have predicted or what we can explain," he said.
Sedna will become closer and brighter over the next 72 years, before it begins its 10,500-year trip to the far reaches of the solar system. "The last time Sedna was this close to the Sun, Earth was just coming out of the last ice age. The next time it comes back, the world might again be a completely different place," Brown said. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif, manages the Spitzer Space Telescope.
For prophecy, see Planet X section.
Between 1961 and 1965 over 2,000 apparitions of the Virgin Mary appeared at San Sebastian de Garabandal in northwest Spain. Four girls aged eleven and twelve were revealed four warnings in visions concerning the future. The four warnings given were (in order of sequence):
One of the girls, Conchita Gonzalez, described the first supernatural event, The Warning, thus:
The Warning is something that is seen in the air, everywhere in the world and is immediately transmitted into the interior of our souls. It will last a very little time, but it will seem a very long time because of its effect within us. It would be like fire. It will not burn our flesh, but we will feel it bodily and interiorly. The Warning appears like two stars -- that crash and make a lot of noise, and a lot of light -- but they don't fall. It's not going to hurt us but we're going to see it and, in that moment, we're going to see our consciences.
The Warning sounds very much like two comets (or comet fragments in this case) will appear to be on a collision course with the earth -- or with each other at close proximity to our planet. Whether they explode and disintegrate or impact one another is unclear. Whatever happens it will be at a safe distance from us. But up until that point, humanity will be in great fear and dread of the coming "deep impact." We are tempted to conclude this because, according to Conchita Gonzalez, The Warning will be "a fearful thing." One year later will then come The Miracle and a short time after, as little as several months or as long as a few years, a global holocaust called The Chastisement. It is unclear whether conditions of war will already be in progress at the time of the cosmic Warning.
If the Garabandal Warning occurs in 2007, then in early spring 2008 The Miracle will occur, leaving physical evidence of its appearance. What form The Miracle will take we do not know, but in 1971 Conchita did narrow the months down to March, April, or May, insisting that it will not occur in either February or June. That brings us then to a period that bottoms out around October/November 2009 for The Chastisement which will also come from outer space.
So, to summarise: The Warning will be a catastrophe from space that, at the last second, will miraculously terminate far enough away to spare this planet and its inhabitants (we hope). The Chastisement will be a catastrophe from space that will succeed in causing great destruction to earth and its inhabitants. This will likely take the form of Planet X as it reaches it closest point to earth, a large celestial object also known by the ancient names of Nibiru and Marduk and the biblical prophetic name of Wormwood. Both will bring great terror as mankind watches and awaits.
And what is The Chastisement like?
For more on this, see the Planet X section.
As if the Millennium Comet Quatrain 2.46 isn't unnerving enough with its seasonings of blood, war, famine, and plague, there is also this quatrain, possibly the most quoted, most dreaded, comet-related verse in The Centuries:
This dire prediction warns that the death of Mabus, when it occurs, will ignite a major holocaust somewhere in the world, quite possibly in the Middle East and, perhaps, far beyond the region. As the above quatrain illustrates, a horrific retaliation will follow in the wake of his death, starting an escalating cycle of reprisals, possibly nuclear. Indeed, "hundred" and "hand" may refer to 100 nuclear-armed missiles, possibly Chinese or North Korean ICBMs. They may also be linked to Al Qaeda and the missing 100 nuclear suitcases reported by the late Russian General Alexander Lebed in October 1997.
The scope of the casualties is great, but how widespread is unknown. Each "hand" could destroy a major US, European, pro-Western Arab, Turkish, or Israeli city.
The recent revelation in 2005 of debris evidence of a comet passing dangerously close to earth some future October, of course, couldn't be more potentially portentious. When it appears, it may well be visible for days, weeks, or even months. Meantime US forces are coming under increasing attacks from Iraqi insurgents, some of them actually members of Al Qaeda or terrorists under the command of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, others Iraqi Sunnis still loyal to the former Saddam regime or followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and members of his ever-growing Mahdi army which also includes mercenaries from Syria, Lebanon, Iran, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia. More and more the presence of Iran is being felt in Iraq, not only because of the special agents infiltrating into the Iraqi resistance, but also because a large part of the Shiite south and central regions are now under the control of Iraqi Ayatollahs Ali Sistani and Muqtada al-Sadr whose allegience is to neighbouring Iran. A great regional conflict started by Iran, Turkey, Syria, Iraqi Shiites, Iraqi Sunnis, and the Kurds could be only a few months to a year away.
Meanwhile the US inches closer to a possible war, not only with Iran, but with North Korea and its giant ally China.
Add to the mix up to 43 Al Qaeda moles living in the United States, up to 20 of them brain-washed university students, each one carrying an atomic, Hiroshima-type warhead in a suitcase.
Mabus must die first before the great slaughter can take place and he must die when a spectacular comet is visible in the night skies.
A strict observation of Quatrain 2.62 has us watching the sky at the time Mabus dies. The translation is literally, "when the comet shall course (or run)." Therefore, Mabus does not die sometime after a comet has passed -- he dies while the comet is still being observed in the sky by many millions of people.
Nor will the comet be a southern hemisphere object: Nostradamus was a European and his perspective is European. The comet will therefore be seen in the northern hemisphere.
Saddam Hussein has long been considered to be the most likely candidate for Mabus. The fact that he is now in captivity does not make him any less a portent of pending doom should he die when a comet is high in the sky. In fact, there is a quatrain by Nostradamus that says "the great captive will be falsely freed to speak and act" during a time when New York City is about to be destroyed by a nuclear device. Could Saddam be this "great captive?"
Or will Saddam suffer a fatal heart attack in his cell or commit suicide in October 2006 or October 2007, triggering a well-planned, long-awaited multiple Al Qaeda attack against various cities throughout the United States and Western Europe?
Then again, his death may not actually trigger the "great destruction of people and beasts" warned about in Quatrain 2.62. It may simply be a major event that is reported by the news a few days before a major war in the Pacific breaks out, a dreadful conflict between the United States and China begun over a Chinese invasion of Taiwan. Such an invasion appears to be more and more likely with each passing month.
Terrorist Abu Musab al-Zaraqawi actually has the right letters in his name. He is currently launching the largest terrorist attacks in history throughout Iraq and is steering the country towards civil war. Worse, he is steering the country towards an international conflict that could pull in Iran, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia. This, in turn, would lead to a Nato-Russia conflict in the Middle East since Turkey is a Nato member and Iran has a defence pact with Moscow.
Is it possible the US will finally succeed in killing Musab al-Zarqawi when a comet is high in the sky and an Iraqi civil war becomes World War III in the Middle East?
He may also be the dreaded butcher of Islamic prophecy called "the Sufyaani." When this figure dies, the messianic leader called the "al-Mahdi" declares war on the nations of the former Roman empire: Europe.
Another thing we should consider doing is place ourselves in Nostradamus' position: a European prophet who, thus far, has only named in anagram European leaders and European personalities like PAU NAY LORON (NAPAULON ROY - Napoleon the King), HISTER (Hitler), IL DUCE (Mussolini), and FRANCO, among others.
It is certainly possible that Mabus could be an European figure, not an Arab or a "new world" leader like George W. Bush.
There is a man acting as Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia named Miroljub Labus. In a future election he will again run for President. We are warned by a number of prophets, Alois Irlmaier and a Sister of the Order of Queen Brigite of Rome in particular, what the murder of a Balkan or Yugoslav leader will bring: nothing less than World War III (defined by European prophets as a Russian/Eastern invasion of all or most of Europe).
Should Miroljub Labus be killed, it could very well ignite a Third World War.
Either of these scenarios is conceivable in 2007 or 2008 if a comet dangerous to earth blazes alive.
This also leads one to an ultimate and terrifying thought if Bush is the prophesied Mabus: the "horrible destruction of people and beasts" and "vengeance revealed" could be a total thermo-nuclear war between the United States and Russia -- the ultimate outcome of the death of Mabus.
This fits a rule I believe has no margin of flexibility: the later "Mabus" dies, the more catastrophic the outcome of Quatrain 2.62.
If you keep one eye on the news and another on Nostradamus' four-line verses, you can see that the time is fast approaching for still another comet-related prophecy. This prediction concerns the troubled nation of Macedonia:
The short-lived comet above plunged into the sun hours after this photo was taken. However, it is proof that comets can take on strange shapes, like the "burning torch" mentioned in Quatrain 2.96.
Despite the ceasefire that has held between Macedonian forces and ethnic Albanian rebels since July 2001, I believe Macedonia will remain a potential flashpoint for a major Balkan war through the remainder of December 2005 and for the next two years. Indeed, neighbouring Kosovo came very close to erupting in an all-out war in March 2004.
The Seer of Waldviertel also sees the coming of two major Balkan wars in Bulgaria and Yugoslavia.
These wars, although ethnic in origin, have a religious dimension as well, since the Albanians, ethnic Turks, and Bosniaks are Moslem. Of course, this is also a part of the world that once served as a buffer zone between the Nato alliance and the former Soviet Union. Thus, it is difficult to know the true nature of this future conflict. Will it be Iranian-led Moslem troops coming to the aid of their Islamic brethren during a major Balkan conflict or an Iranian-led rogue coalition allied with a militant Russia seeking to re-conquer its former Soviet satellites and a large part of Nato Europe along with them?
The burning torch may be the "great comet" I have predicted will appear in October 2007. This comet or the recently-discovered giant red planet called Sedna may actually be a brown dwarf star, the fabled Nibiru or Planet X, also called Wormwood in Revelation, which I believe will pass near our earth in October 2009.
It would therefore appear that in autumn 2007, if not before, Macedonia, the interface which connects Greece, Bulgaria, and Yugoslavia, will become a significant theatre of war. The "assistance" provided by Western governments will arrive "too late" to stop an Iranian force that, together with its Islamic allies from adjacent regions, will be at least three to five million strong.
This Marian prophecy was revealed over a number of years from 1973 to 1979 to the late Veronica Lueken during Rosary Vigils at the Vatican Pavilion Site in Flushing Meadows Park, New York. Here is a condensed version:
My child and My children, do not be affrighted by My words. The world shall not come to an end. The Eternal Father has given His promise to mankind, that the world shall never be made extinct again, as in the past with the time of the floods. However, your world shall be cleansed with a 'baptism of fire'. Only a few, in the multitudes upon earth, shall be saved...
I have spoken to you of the BALL OF REDEMPTION to meet with much speculation from souls, I shall explain now, how this will come about: The ball will descend from the atmosphere of your earth: it will be from the heavens; it will not be man-made; it will be part of the universe.
YOU WILL BE PLANET STRUCK!
In this chastisement, My children, billions will be lost. Many lives will be lost. You bring upon yourself a punishment far greater than ever has been seen upon earth and never shall be seen again, for when you go through this chastisement, there will be few creatures left upon earth.
Can you not understand that when the Ball of Redemption is sent upon you three-quarters of your world shall be gone?
What could cause this horrific prophecy to come true? Could this be related to the ancient prophecy from Sumerian, Babylonian, and Hebrew times -- about a "10th planet," a "red comet" to the Hebrews of Exodus, "a red star" to ancient Chinese prophets, Planet X to us, Marduk to the Babylonians, Nibiru to the Sumerians, and Wormwood to the Bible prophet St. John?
Is the "Ball of Redemption" the recently-discovered red "planet" Sedna, now moving towards the sun and inner solar system in its highly elliptical, comet-like orbit, or a fiery brown dwarf star hurtling in our direction and as of yet unseen -- a sun that collapsed inwardly, a dark star that has tremendous gravitational influence on everything that it passes, a death star.
According to experts like Immanuel Velikovsky and Zecharia Sitchin, this object was once called Typhon, Marduk, Mazda, Shiva, Wotan, Nibiru, Pallas Athena, and many other names by the ancients during its last passage 3500 years ago in 1495 BC -- the time of Exodus:
Abraham Rockenbach's "De cometis tractus novus methodicus" (1602) --
In the year of the world 2453 (1495 BC) -- as many trustworthy authors, on the basis of many conjectures, have determined -- a comet appeared which Pliny also mentioned in his second book. It was fiery, of irregular circular form, with a wrapped head; it was in the shape of a globe and was of terrible aspect. It is said that King Typhon ruled at that time in Egypt ... Certain authorities assert that the comet was seen in Syria, Babylonia, India, in the sign of Capricorn, in the form of a disc, at the time when the children of Israel advanced from Egypt toward the Promised Land, led on their way by the pillar of cloud during the day and by the pillar of fire at night.
Pliny's "Natural History" --
A terrible comet was seen by the people of Ethiopia and Egypt, to which Typhon, the king of that period, gave his name; it had a fiery appearance and was twisted like a coil, and it was very grim to behold: it was not really a star so much as what might be called a ball of fire.
According to the calculations of both men, it must return again sometime between 2005 and 2105. When it does, it will come close to earth, causing it to stop in its rotation for three days. Then, in the space of one hour, the earth will shift 90 degrees. During that one hour billions will die. Estimates are that as few as 600,000,000 people will survive.
Many will die before that even .. from the many earth changes that will occur between now and its arrival (if that arrival should be in 2009). The volcanic rumblings near Krakatoa and the Sumatra earthquake and killer tsunami it generated may only be the beginning. Nibiru, it seems, has a long reach and will cause many earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, deluges, forest fires, and super hurricanes even before it is seen. Phenomena that will be blamed on El Nino, sunspots, and other mundane explanations.
Of course there are some experts on the Mayan calendar who disagree and say Nibiru will not arrive until 2012.
My own research into Velikovsky's work indicates that there may well be two passages: an inbound one that causes horrific but survivable destruction sometime in 2009 or as late as 2012, and the outbound passage that will occur between 32 and 52 years later, destroying most of humanity and, in the words of Mother Shipton, leave only "such a tiny band" of survivors (about 6 million).
During this object's last passage, according to Immanuel Velikovsky, the ancient Maya and Mexicans, among others, recorded that the terrible comet returned as a fiery serpent 52 years later and caused a second world cataclysm in 1443 BC.
They then began holding special sacrifices every 52 years to keep the serpent from returning (which it never did again). During this second and more destructive passage, the Greeks called the celestial destroyer Pallas Athena.
Perhaps the true approach of Planet X will occur in the month of October 2009 during the height of a Third World War:
From the Epistle to Henry II by Nostradamus --
Beforehand there shall precede a solar eclipse more obscure and more dark than any since before the creation of the world except for the death and passion of Jesus Christ, of exception until now, and there will be in the month of October .a great moving and translation made, and such it will be that one will think the earth has lost its natural movement, and will be [plunged] into the abyss in perpetual darkness...
During the height of World War III, which it is believed by many German, Austrian, and other Central European prophets will begin in July or August of a year during or not long after the beginning of the Third Millennium, Russia and many of its allied Eastern armies will be destroyed by bio-chem weapons ("yellow dust," "yellow or green powder," "deadly dust," "false dust," etc) and forced into a retreat from Europe by certain Western powers, France being named as one of them. According to some prophets such as Erna Stieglitz, at this time a total thermonuclear war will take place between Russia and the United States. There will then come a terrible time called "the three days of darkness" during which 2/3 of humanity (or more) will perish. This three day period is consistent with what Planet X theorists and conspiracists alike say will happen when the large massive body nears our planet: the earth's rotation will stop for three days followed by a 90 degree shifting of the earth's axis over the span of just one hour.
Although it is clear that Planet X did not arrive on May 15, 2003, as predicted by Nancy Lieder of ZetaTalk and Mark Hazlewood, book authors who capitalised well on their mutual concocted scare, this does not mean Planet X doesn't exist and won't pass near our world at some other point in the future. Astronomers appear to be preparing us gradually for the inevitable passage of Planet X to which they have given the name Sedna.
In the prophecy of Garabandal we were introduced to the final event in a series of four: The Chastisement. It is my theory that this chastisement and the so-called Planet X or Sedna may be one and the same.
The Chastisement may be related to the following prophecy by Nostradamus concerning a comet that appears like two suns:
There is a well-known prophecy by Nostradamus concerning a time when a pope will leave Rome when a brilliant star is burning in the heavens:
Many interpreters believe this portends a time when the Pope will be forced to flee Rome during an attack on Italy and seek refuge in another country. I must confess that I too am partial to that scenario.
The comet foreseen by Nostradamus in the above verse will burn its brightest over a period of seven days. More importantly, line 2 says that the star's cloud will appear like a second sun, making two suns appear.
One obvious impression is that this will be a daylight comet or object and will appear alongside the sun. Thus we will see two suns seemingly side by side.
Then again, if the mastiff is howling "all night" (making this a nocturnal phenomenon), there may be another reason why this comet or "star" will appear as two suns.
Since the appearance in May-July 2001 of Comet LINEAR A2, it is remotely possible that Nostradamus was speaking about a comet with two brilliant heads surrounded by a coma (cloudy particles of gas and dust that surround the head of a comet).
On May 2, 2001, Comet LINEAR 2001 A2 began the process of becoming two comets -- a "double comet." In the above plate taken on May 17, 2001, one can see the separation of the two cometary bodies that were once a single comet's head. Note too how pronounced the cloud surrounding the twin heads became. In later observations, two separate tails could be distinguished -- evidence that LINEAR A2 was becoming two distinctly different comets. Had this comet reached Hale-Bopp brightness (or better yet, Lexell's Comet brilliance), it would have fulfilled the letter of Nostradamus' prophecy.
This is perhaps what we may see when the "great star" appears during a time of terrible war in Italy and the rest of Europe and a pope's flight from the Vatican. Only this comet will be immensely bright -- like full moons or blazing suns.
That is, if it is indeed a comet ...
We will find scarcely any European prophets who do not agree with Nostradamus concerning the flight of the Pope -- those who bother to relate an entire view of the great global war to come anyway. It should be noted that this flight from Rome always occurs during the height of World War III -- just prior to the three days of darkness and the great horrors that follow.
There is an ancient prophecy that describes what may be the slowing of the earth's rotation, something that researchers abscribe to the gravitational force exerted upon the earth by an object like a brown dwarf star, something that Planet X is purported to be. It describes the sun "halting" in the heavens:
For the third (world war), the earth shakes,
The throat of the Gaul (France) is ravaged.
Many die fleeing from the awful winds,
The sun halts in its path in the heavens.
It is then said that the norma will die "when the wolf
(Germany) is hacked to bits."
The fiery invasion of southern France is echoed in this ancient document authored by an unknown clergyman in AD 346. Entitled the Liber Vaticinationem Quodam Instinctumentis, it presages three world wars that will directly involve Germany, the first two as an aggressor and the last as a defender of "the Empire" against the invaders from the East.
Gottfried von Werdenberg describes a potentially-related vision by the Seer of Waldviertel in his book, VISION 2004:
THE RAIN OF FIRE
There will be a cosmic event most definitely before WW3 (note that the Waldviertler and the commentator Werdenberg consider "WW3" to be the Russian invasion of Europe -- major wars in the Middle East and the Balkans will be going on beforehand, they admit, wars WE might consider to be a part of WW3, but that most European prophets do not -- MM).
It will be a beautiful summer's day in Austria; no cloud to be seen in the sky. People in the village are excited; they look towards the sun which begins to darken. It is approximately 10 o'clock normal time, not summer time. Whilst the sun is getting darker, dusk is covering the earth. It is not the usual solar eclipse but a kind of fog in the universe far outside of our atmosphere.
The sky is getting darker. At first there are only a few stars, then more and more appear. One is able to see them at first in the west, then in the north. There are no stars in the east and in the south where the sun was last seen. There is no moon. It is a normal clear sky illuminated by the light of the stars. One is still able to identify the ground, but one cannot read any writing.
Suddenly the stars disappear. Complete darkness is covering the earth. A few minutes pass; now it is getting brighter. One is able to see the surrounding area. There is no sun. Billions of white dots can be observed in the East. It is like a rain of glowing fire moving from East North East to West South West very quickly. It is hitting the ground like a heavy fall of hail. The glow turns from white to yellow then to glowing red before hitting the ground. They fall in distances of 50m (165 ft) to 100m (330 ft) apart; they make no noise.
When they hit the ground they look like dust particles or grains of sand. Some are as big as a child's fist. The villagers do not seek cover; they do not appear to be afraid. The time between the sighting of the particles in the North East and their hitting the ground is a matter of seconds, maximum a minute or so.
Once the particles hit the ground, it becomes bright again. A fierce storm begins to blow now from the East and creates fire; it drives before it the fierce fire. The grass is burning; forests are burning; fields are burning; barns, sheds, and farm buildings are on fire; houses and factories are burning, too. The sun will not shine again on this day.
The cause of the rain of glowing fire might be a comet, directly or indirectly responsible for it. The seer is unable to tell. The time of year is the summer, probably the first half of August. The year is not given but it could be any year from 1995 onwards.
This would also match the "hail of fire mingled with blood" found in Revelation and the burning mountain striking the ocean, destroying a third of all life. Again, I should state what may seem obvious to some: that these comet fragments may, in actuality, be debris from Planet X (Wormwood), smashing into us as George W. Bush expands the war on terror and the war in Iraq into World War 3. If so, how very terrible will be the day of God's wrath to come!
Still, if the seventh seal is to be opened and the first two trumps sounded, why has there not been the global seismic destruction that occurs during the opening of the sixth seal? Perhaps this is exactly what the great West Coast Earthquake I have projected to occur in February/March 2008 and the supervolcano Yellowstone eruption I believe may take place in May 2008 will be ... the opening of the sixth seal of Revelation. That would be sufficient to turn the sun "black as sackcloth" and the moon "the colour of blood." By the time the dust clears in 2009 following a "nuclear autumn," then the most dreadful apparition will be seen in the heavens ... just as Russia and Iran prepare their armies for an invasion of Europe.
In the autumn of 2000 and winter of 2001 I experienced several vivid dreams regarding a strange red comet, the third in a series, visible over a period of many months at night and especially in daylight.
Here is one of my dreams, from October 11, 2000:
I remember that there was a great sense of excitement and spiritual unity of some type and it was positive. There was also a prophecy, one not yet known about at this time, that everyone in the world understood and was awaiting its fulfillment. There would be a third comet or something celestial, the third in a series according to the prophecy, and when it would appear, most of the people on earth would die. What was confusing to me was why there was so much celebration of the coming of something that would bring mass death. I also saw it, but the strange part was that it was usually in the day. It looked red and not really like any comet I have ever seen. I don't know if such a thing is even possible. There was also a photo of it in the newspaper in my dream. Each day it grew a bit larger. I cannot recall ever seeing it at night in the dream -- but that doesn't mean I didn't, I just don't remember. There was no date or year attached to the event that I can recall.
I now suspect that this dream was a possible vision of Planet X. Again, if a "great comet" somehow fullfills The Warning in 2007, this monsteriferous "red comet" may arrive as early as October 2009 (the October month dating provided by Nostradamus in his Epistle to Henry II). There are many others who believe it will not reach us until sometime before the end of the Mayan calendar in the year 2012. I myself have seen evidence in Nostradamus that this intruder may not arrive until as late as 2044. It will appear first as a reddish star and, as it grows nearer to earth, as a monstrous and terrifying red comet.
When I first got on the Internet, the Comet Lee conspiracy was in full swing. I laughed it off, repudiating it on sight, and why not -- I do have a college-educated background in astronomy after all and have personally known and spoken at length with other amateur astronomers over the course of my life (in real time, by the way, not on the Internet). When the Mars/Comet Kohoutek conspiracy followed in June 2000, I was a bit more intrigued, but still unconvinced by the so-called "evidence."
One major problem with both of these conspiracies was that the prophecy that was used to support them was so scanty and selective. This, in fact, is often the case with conspiracy buffs who seek to use prophecy to help bolster their theories. Normally, I resist associating one with the other, although conspiracies do make for entertaining reading.
However, because so much agreement exists between a large number of various prophecies and actual documentation of a close encounter with Planet X by ancient civilisations such as the Sumerians and Babylonians, and because I regard Immanuel Velikovsky's "Worlds in Collision" theories as having been vindicated by the nature of the discoveries made during space exploration to Venus that he accurately predicted would be found, I thought this particular theory -- the Planet X theory -- had some real teeth. Add to this dreams I experienced of a strange-looking celestial object in both night-time and daytime skies that I could not easily classify as comet or planetoid, well before learning of this Nibiru theory. Something I am bound to take seriously since I have a history of having seen a number of my dreams come true.
Planet X appears as the ancient Sumerian Nibiru which brought unparalleled geological catastrophe to our world over 3,600 years ago. It also appears in the lore of Babylon as Marduk and as the Greek Typhon. It may or may not be the star Wormwood that appears in the Book of Revelation.
The prophecies of Nostradamus, the Bible, Mother Shipton, Veronica Lueken, and others do concur that one day we will experience a close encounter with an object from space that will wreak havoc with our planet. Still other prophecies describe catastrophies on this planet that could be consistent with such a close encounter, but do not say what the cause will be. Unfortunately, few of these prophecies offer clues as to the year when this will happen.
Based on years of Nostradamus and prophecy research, I did not expect a PX-type event to occur before sometime in the 2043-2044 period. A small asteroid collision in the Mediterranean Sea, prophesied by Nostradamus and also in the Book of Revelation, I believed would happen sooner, possibly as early as 2008. But, after being confronted with the very well-organised and well-documented Nibiru theories by Mark Hazlewood and Nancy Lieder, I was forced to reconsider the feasability of my conclusions. Perhaps now was the time.
Well, perhaps now is not the time.
I must warn, however, that even if Planet X is not nearby, something else might be. I believe in what is called "poetic justice" -- a punishment that, by coincidence or perrhaps divine intervention, matches the crime or sin committed by the offender who is being punished. It is not impossible that the "Planet X scenario" could still play out by some as-of-yet unknown cosmic invader of our solar system. Chances are this must happen sooner or later, for prophecy assures us it will.
If you do not believe in prophecy, then none of this means anything. However, if you do, then it could mean everything.
For a complete presentation of the Nibiru prophecy, an issue I now consider temporarily closed, view my Year 2003 (Part One) page.
Here is yet another dire comet-related prophecy from Nostradamus:
Nostradamus often uses "hairy star" or "bearded star" to describe a comet. The three great princes are likely to be China, Russia, and the United States.
This quatrain appears to be describing the scenario for World War III as prophesied for the last thousand or more years by the European and Catholic prophets.
A global war kindled in the Balkans, South Asia, and the Middle East would eventually lead to a Russian blitzkrieg of Europe and missile attacks on France and Italy (Italy is the base of Nato operations in the Adriatic and the Balkans, France is the most powerful and influential nation in the European Union and Nato). The serpent could be the comet itself, taking on the form of a hydra or dragon as 1950s Russian cosmologist Dr Immanuel Velikovsky theorised Venus did during the time of Exodus.
If the comet should be red in colour, there is an ancient Chinese prophecy to consider:
The hour of rebellion is not yet, but will come with a manifestation from heaven, this shall be a red star in the east. For at that hour the man [antichrist?] will appear, and on that day from all the fields of the Empire shall rise up those sown of the dragon's teeth: Then will the silence of the ages be broken, labyrinths uncoil, and a murmur come from depths so deep and unknown that even the world itself shall shrink with dread.
The above ancient prophecy, if applicable to the current period, suggests to me that mankind's war in the Pacific, when it does occur, will have dire geological consequences for the earth: nuclear conflict at sea may trigger volcanic eruptions and upset major earthquake faults throughout the Pacific "Ring of Fire."
The idea of Russia, China, and the US being involved in war at a time an important comet appears was also prophesied many years ago by the founder of the Hare Krishna movement, Srila Prabhupada:
Prabhupada: This dhumaketu is described in Dasavatara-stotra, dhumaketum iva kim api karalam. Dhumaketum iva. Dhumaketum iva kim api karalam. As soon as there is comet, there will be some disaster. Very great disaster. In our childhood we saw the comet, not this like. That was small comet. Still, the first world war was there declared. That we have seen in 1914.
Nara-narayana: Halley's comet.
Nara-narayana: I think they called it Halley's comet. Halley's comet.
Prabhupada: Now the... You can expect at any moment disaster in this material world, but the comet is the sign that there will be some great disaster.
( S.P. Morning Walk January 3, 1974, Los Angeles)
Dhananjaya: And after the war
what will be the result?
Prabhupada: After the war they will come to sense.
(S.P.Morning Walk May 27, 1974, Rome)
Prabhupada: Preaching will be very nice after the war when both of them, especially Russia, will be finished.......
( S.P. Morning Walk Conversation (World War III) April 4, 1975, Mayapur)
Tamala Krsna: Greatest...?
Prabhupada: Because America is aiming to start the war from India.
Prabhupada: Yes. Because India and Russia, they are...
Brahmananda: They are... Friendship.
Prabhupada: No. Side by side. If the war is started from India...
Rupanuga: So India will become...
Prabhupada: And the Russians are ready here already, I have heard, with soldiers and... Not soldiers. I mean to say.
Prabhupada: Yes. They are also vigilant.
Visnujana: Will that help our preaching, Prabhupada?
Prabhupada: Preaching will be very nice after the war when both of them, especially Russia, will be finished.......
Prabhupada: Yes, they are getting. They are already getting. The Pakistan will start the war with India. And then everything will be...
Devotees: Oh! Whew!
Devotee: Pakistan will start a war... (devotees talking among themselves.)...
Tamala Krsna: Will this war spread to many different countries and continents?
Prabhupada: The actual war will be between America and Russia.
( S.P. Morning Walk Conversation (World War III) April 4, 1975, Mayapur)
Until our Next Merry Meeting!
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