A bit of cheery news about a potential Extinction Level Event. But not to worry!

Meanwhile, I read this cheering bit of news at FNC:

Huge ‘God of Chaos’ asteroid to pass near Earth in 2029

A 1,110-foot-wide asteroid named for the Egyptian god of chaos will fly past Earth in 2029 within the distance of some orbiting spacecraft, according to reports.

The asteroid, 99942 Apophis, [My memory is fuzzy… but wasn’t this a character in a SiFi movie?] will come within 19,000 miles of Earth on April 13, [a Thursday, and Easter will be on 1 April – and… 19K miles?  I’ve gotten that many frequent flier miles in one round trip!] a decade from now, but scientists at the Planetary Defense Conference are already preparing for the encounter, Newsweek reported. They plan to discuss the asteroid’s effects on Earth’s gravity, potential research opportunities and even how to deflect an incoming asteroid in a theoretical scenario.  [Let’s Go SPACE FORCE!]

Scientists say most asteroids that pass near Earth aren’t more than 30 feet wide, making Apophis, named for an Egyptian god of chaos, a rare opportunity for research[Like a fast moving 20 page letter packed with theological arguments?]

Apophis was discovered in 2004 and, after tracking it for 15 years, scientists say the asteroid has a 1 in 100,000 chance of striking Earth decades in the future – after 2060, Newsweek [That esteemed journal.] reported.

And to keep on the theme of a previous post…


Sometime before 2029, please.

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  1. THREEHEARTS says:

    What about the effect on the moon? on tides and night and day?

  2. UncleBlobb says:

    Perhaps it was Stargate, and Stargate SG1?

  3. PostCatholic says:

    Not to worry, chaos is a ladder.

  4. GregB says:

    The alien character in the original Stargate movie was Ra. Apophis appeared in the Stargate SG1 TV series.

  5. Suburbanbanshee says:

    Apophis (Greek name) or Apep (Egyptian name) was a giant snake who constantly tried to eat Ra and the sun barge.

  6. Atra Dicenda, Rubra Agenda says:

    Definitely Apohis was a Goa’uld lord from Stargate SG1 TV Series.

    Jaffa, kree!

  7. Sword40 says:

    I’m not even going to worry about it as I’m 79 now. I trust in Christ’s mercy. I’ll just keep going to Confession and the Traditional Mass. What ever is God’s Will, will be done.

  8. iamlucky13 says:

    “My memory is fuzzy… but wasn’t this a character in a SiFi movie?”

    As noted above, Stargate plays off of the Erik van Daniken comedy book about the Egyptians benefitting from alien technologies. In the show, the Egyptian gods turned out to be aliens who are still around trying to enslave the universe.

    From a bit of browsing: Apophis is actually the Greek name for Apep, the Egyptian god of chaos. You may find interesting that he is usually depicted as a serpent

    Also, when it was discovered in 2004, there was much ado in the news for a few weeks while astronomers made additional measurements of its orbit to refine the predictions of an impact risk. And since the movies Armageddon and Deep Impact were both still relatively recent, the comparisons to those movies were made over and over again.

  9. SimonK says:

    Reading a bit about Apophis/Apep… he embodied chaos, the opponent of light and order and truth, and appears in art as a giant serpent. Another name for the devil? They sure sound like the same character.

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