Signs in the Heavens Update

Get off the screen and look up! The Lyrid meteor shower is coming to a sky near you Sunday and Monday nights

Blog note. Jesus indicated that ‘fearful sights’ (various natural disasters) would occur leading up to the time known as the Tribulation and Great Tribulation (a combined seven year period of great destruction on earth). Although these types of things have occurred in the past for centuries and thousands of years, they could be identified as the ‘season of the times’ due to the ferociousness of these events. They would be occurring in greater intensity, severity, frequency, size, duration, scope … just like the pains that a woman experiences in labor the farther along she is in the labor process. We are in the ‘season of the times’ that comes just before the seven (7) year Tribulation/Great Tribulation period
… And great earthquakes shall be in diverse places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. (Luke 21:11).
… And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; (Luke 21:25)
… Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken; (Luke 21:26)
… This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2 Timothy 3:1)
Jesus is giving a series of prophecies about what to look for as the age of grace comes to a close. These verses are several of many such prophecies from throughout the Bible. 2017 was the worst year in recorded history for the intensity, frequency, severity, duration and occurrence of a large number of severe natural disasters worldwide. Earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, torrential flooding, unprecedented wildfires in unusual places, devastating droughts, excessive/scorching heat setting records everywhere, record snowfalls in Europe and Russia. Snow in the Arabia. This list can go on. Most studied Eschatologists believe these ‘fearful sights’ and massive natural disasters are all part of the ‘CONVERGENCE’ of signs that this Biblical and prophetic age is closing. Most people who study prophecy are familiar with the routine reference(s) made that these things will be like a woman having labor.

Get off the screen and look up! The Lyrid meteor shower is coming to a sky near you Sunday and Monday nights

Doyle Rice USA TODAY•April 20, 2019

It’s time to put the phone away and head outside for some IRL fun. 

The Lyrid meteor shower is coming to a sky near you both Sunday and Monday nights, though a bright moon may interfere with your sky watching.

The Lyrids appear each year from about April 16 to 25, according to Earthsky.org.

“In 2019, the peak of this shower – which tends to come in a burst and usually lasts for less than a day – is expected to fall on the morning of Tuesday April 23, under the light of a bright waning gibbous moon,” Earthsky’s Bruce McClure and Deborah Byrd said.

NASA‘s Bill Cooke told Space.com that the peak will be a day earlier: late Easter night and into early Monday. So you hard-core meteor fans might want to keep an eye to the sky both Sunday night/Monday morning and Monday night/Tuesday morning. 

Bright light from the moon, or from city lights, can wash out views of the dark night sky. 

The Lyrids have been observed for more than 2,700 years, NASA said, making them one of the oldest known showers.

The first recorded sighting of a Lyrid meteor shower goes back to 687 B.C. in China. Observers there said the Lyrids were “falling like rain.”

NASA’s Cooke told Space.com that the average Lyrid shower produces 15 to 20 meteors per hour. This year, the meteor shower may hit about 20 per hour. 

The meteor shower sometimes bombards the sky with up to nearly 100 meteors per hour, which are known as outbursts. Earthsky said that for example, in 1982, American observers saw an outburst of nearly 100 Lyrid meteors per hour. Japanese observers saw around 100 meteors per hour in 1945, and Greek observers saw that number in 1922. No Lyrid outburst is predicted for 2019, but you never know.

Lyrids are pieces of debris from the Comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher. In mid-April of each year, Earth runs into the stream of debris from the comet, causing the meteor shower.

The Lyrids begin as tiny specks of dust that hit Earth’s atmosphere at 109,600 mph, vaporizing from friction with the air and leaving behind the streaks of light we call meteors, Astronomy magazine reported.

The meteors appear to emanate from the constellation Lyra the Harp, near the bright star Vega, which rises in late evening and passes nearly overhead shortly before dawn, the magazine said.

The Lyrids are known for their fast and bright meteors, NASA said, though not as fast or as plentiful as the famous Perseids in August.

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