MOSCOW, October 21. /TASS/. The Orionid meteor shower will reach its peak on the night of October 21-22, the press service of the Moscow Planetarium told TASS.
The Orionids are observed in October every year.
“Astronomers expect up to twenty meteors per hour,” the press service said. “The radiant [the area where meteors start flying off – TASS] is located above and to the left from Betelgeuse, the brightest star in the Orion constellation. The best time to watch the shower is from midnight until sunset, when the constellation is sufficiently high above the horizon,” the Planetarium added.
The source of the Orionids is the Comet Halley (1P/Halley). October shower meteors enter the Earth’s atmosphere with the velocity of 66 km per second and often leave bright tracks in skies.
“They are usually white but red, blue-green, yellow and orange meteors with brightness of about +2.5 m [stellar magnitude] occur sometimes,” astronomers added.
David Hines © 7th January 2018
Yesterday was the day when Christians celebrate the story of the wise men visiting the baby Jesus. The gospel writer referred to as Matthew says they had been guided there by a star. Since then, there have been numerous theories about whether this really was a star, or a supernova, or a comet, or just a piece of fiction.
I’d like to compare a dozen of these stories, and I was intrigued to find that several of them do link up with Jesus in the minds of the observers. but are they links of fact, or just wishful thinking.
My first actual observer was in the year 66 AD, illustrated in this woodcarving of 1666.
Josephus was a Jewish historian, and at the time, he and thousands of others observed a bright comet. Josephus was not the only person to see this comet. Far from it, but he deserves credit for recording it, and noting the date. The early Christians wrote before and after this date, but it was in all their minds.
Some of them thought this comet was a sign from God that he was about to destroy Jerusalem. So there is the comet like a death sentence hanging over the city. And Jerusalem was in fact destroyed four years later, after a war between Jews and Romans.
I think this woodcarving is like a political cartoon, It captures that moment from a Christian point of view. It is said to have been done in Amsterdam by Stanislas Lubienski. It was done in the 17th century, but it reflects the time 66AD, a few years before the writing of Matthew’s gospel.
16 The LORD will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem; the earth and the heavens will tremble. But the LORD will be a refuge for his people, a stronghold for the people of Israel.
Blessings for God’s People
17 “Then you will know that I, the LORD your God, dwell in Zion, my holy hill. Jerusalem will be holy; never again will foreigners invade her.
18 “In that day the mountains will drip new wine, and the hills will flow with milk; all the ravines of Judah will run with water. A fountain will flow out of the LORD’s house and will water the valley of acacias.
The Tribulation is commencing..
Please repent, carry your cross daily and follow me for whoever desires to save his life will lose it but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it and then you get a break.
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