Signs in the Heavens Update

You may see some brilliant meteor showers thanks to the Draconids and Southern Taurids this week. A foreshadowing. This month, the Orionid meteor shower promises even more of a sky show. It will peak the night of Oct. 21-22. More than 600 (6) meteors per hour

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 pains, growing in intensity, frequency, size and duration.

You may see some brilliant meteor showers thanks to the Draconids and Southern Taurids this week. A foreshadowing. This month, the Orionid meteor shower promises even more of a sky show. It will peak the night of Oct. 21-22.

Doyle Rice, USA TODAY. USA TODAY•October 9, 2019

A skywatcher’s doubleheader is on tap this week as a pair of meteor showers will peak on back-to-back nights.

The Draconids peak Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, and the Southern Taurids peak Wednesday night into Thursday morning. 

You can expect to see up to 10 meteors an hour for each shower. 

“The Draconids meteor shower kicks off the fall meteor shower season,” said Dave Samuhel, AccuWeather astronomy blogger and meteorologist.

Though often a rather quiet shower, the Draconids did produce some awesome meteor displays in 1933 and 1946, EarthSky’s Bruce McClure said, when thousands of meteors per hour were seen. 

More recently, European observers saw more than 600 meteors per hour in 2011.

The Draconids are best seen in the evening, instead of before dawn, because the winged Dragon, the shower’s radiant point in the constellation Drago, flies highest in the sky at nightfall, EarthSky said. 

“This is a good shower for younger stargazers, especially since the shower peaks on a school night,” Samuhel said.

Unfortunately, the moon will be in the sky during this part of the night, so stargazers should look for meteors in areas of the sky away from the bright moon, AccuWeather reported. 

Wednesday night will be the peak of the Southern Taurids meteor shower, according to the American Meteor Society

Though best viewed from the Southern Hemisphere, the Taurids can be seen in the Northern Hemisphere, according to NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke. 

Similar to the Draconids, the Southern Taurids are a minor shower with fewer than 10 meteors per hour, AccuWeather said, but don’t let the slim numbers discourage you:

“The Taurids are rich in fireballs and are often responsible for increased number of fireball reports from September through November,” the AMS said. 

Fireballs are meteors that appear incredibly bright as they streak through the sky, according to AccuWeather. They can be so bright that they can cast shadows on the ground for several seconds.

Although there aren’t many of them, “if you see a Taurid, it can be very brilliant, and it’ll knock your eyes out,” Cooke told Space.com.  “It’s simply the fact that when a Taurid appears, it’s usually big and bright.”

This month, the Orionid meteor shower promises even more of a sky show. It will peak the night of Oct. 21-22.

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