Full-blown space storm could send 750 meteors streaking across the sky every hour… but will we be able to see them?
Job 41:19 “Flaming torches shoot from his mouth; fiery sparks fly out!”
Psalm 21:9 “You will make them [burn] like a fiery furnace when you appear; the LORD will
engulf them in His wrath, and fire will devour them.”
A large asteroid…Just as it occurred to Sodom and Gomorrah and the other nearby cities of that judgment day.
Unless you are raptured away from the earth, you would share in being swept away, just like Lot was warned when he was ushered away to safety by the holy angels whom took him by the hand and led him and his family away from the coming Wrath. Lot’s wife perished, because she was not obedient to Yahweh’s command.
Genesis 19:15 “At the crack of dawn the angels urged Lot on: “Get up! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away in the punishment of the city.”
The angels providing limited protection even before Lot and his family left the city.
Genesis 19:10 “But the angels reached out, brought Lot into the house with them, and shut the door.”
The Draconids streak through our atmosphere once every seven years and it’s usually a fairly unremarkable event for astronomers, with just 10 or 20 meteors per hour.
But if forecasts are correct, a massive surge in the Draconids’ activity could see rates peak at up to 750 meteors an hour on Saturday, potentially illuminating the evening with with thousands of shooting stars.
The meteors become visible as the earth crosses the orbit of the 21P/Giacobini-Zinner comet.
The comet’s orbit path is filled with tiny particles – the size of a grain of sand. When our planet zips through this cosmic dust storm the particles disintegrate in our atmosphere and create streaks of light across the sky.
However, because this year’s schedule of meteor showers happens to coincide with the full moon cycle, they may be difficult to spot with the sky so brightly lit.
Because the Draconids move relatively slowly in stellar terms – 12 miles per second – they’re faint and the moonlight tends to wash them out.
“The moon sucks. It’s messed up meteor showers this year,’ said Nasa space weatherman Bill Cooke, who is based at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
‘Next year will be better.’
The meteor shower is named after the constellation from which they appear to emerge, which in this case is Draco, the dragon.
The Draconids have previously put on some spectacular shows.
In 1933 and 1946 observers reported an astounding rate of 20,000 shooting stars an hour, leading one Irish astronomer to describe the 1933 episode as being like a flurry of snowflakes.
If this Draconid shower isn’t visible, there won’t be another chance to catch it until 2018.
Instead you will have to satisfy yourself with the arrival of the Orionids on October 22 – remnants from Halley’s Comet – which are expected to number a rather more sedate 20 meteors an hour.
Then there are the Leonids in mid-November – with as many as 100 meteors an hour – but … says it may not be any easier to glimpse those to showers either.
‘Unfortunately, the moon will interfere with them as well,’ said Mr Cooke.
‘We just don’t have any good luck, moonwise, this year.’ – Mail Online