Friday, September 10, 2010

Asteroids crossed near the earth – any news from astrology?

With greater advancements in space – watch, we are getting to see who crosses our neighborhood. We come to know that 2 asteroids passed close to the earth on 8th of this month. A change in their path might have made them head towards the earth and cause a calamity. Fortunately such a thing did not happen.

Thinking of asteroids, there is no astrological importance attached to them. Only when they fall on the earth as meteors, some predictions are available based on the direction, lunar day etc. The purananuru poem (229) on the demise of the Cheran king Yaanai katchei Mantharam cheral Irumporai by Koodalur Kizhar relates his demise to the fall of a meteor past mid night in the lunar month of Phalguni when moon was transiting the star Krittika. Such a meteor would cause the death of the king or ruler within 7days of sighting.

Similarly a meteor fall in Austria about 5000 years ago – which was recorded in the tablets of Mesapatomia – could perhaps had indicated the change of Yuga into Kaliyuga. Around that time global floods (perhaps caused by the meteor - hit) devastated the people of the world in many places – one facet of which was experienced in Dwaraka and in Kumari. This coincided with the demise of Lord Krishna.

Such meteor hits do not happen haphazardly according to astrology. Every asteroid is guided by forces acting on it and its path of journey had been decided before hand by these forces. Our scientist can say which way the asteroids sighted two days ago would be heading for, by observing their path and the probable forces that they would encounter in their path. In astrology, we come across certain times when danger is connected to be coming from certain elements – meteors or comets or even climate changes.

Presently the world is facing a slight cooling due to unprecedented cold waves last year and floods this year. Strangely and defying the scientist's logic, the Sun also is cool now. The expected sun spots are not yet seen on the sun. This baffles the scientists who have thought that they have more or less found a pattern in sunspot activity. But that had not happened now. This means there are reasons other than the sun itself in causing sun spots on it.

That is where astrology gains relevance. The solar system itself acts as a single unit with planets and the sun exerting some influence on each other. As such the sun spot activity need not be dependent on solar dynamism alone. The planets also may be playing a role. Refer my previous post on cold-waves on how other planets are responsible for the cooling of earth. In this context, I wonder if the Ashtakavarga of astrology contains the secrets of the way the planets and the sun interact with other.

As per this ashtaka varga, the rays of each planet, the sun and the moon fall on different directions from the place where they are at a moment and also in relation to their continuous movement. This relations change with other planets for each of them. This is a voluminous data recorded by Parashara and Varahamihira and had been in vogue for more than 5,000 years.

No man has been able to find out a basic thread in these relations. But it works. It is my wish that scientists take up these data and apply them on each planet. That might give them better understanding of the players in the solar system and even unravel the climate changes and the sunspot- enigma.

-          jayasree


2 Asteroids Zoom Between Earth and the Moon's Orbit

By Denise Chow Staff Writer
posted: 08 September 2010
01:42 am ET

Two asteroids passed close by the Earth Wednesday and may have been visible in telescopes as they zipped between our planet and the orbit of the moon.
The asteroids, which were not be visible to the naked eye, were discovered Sunday by astronomers with the Catalina Sky Survey near Tucson, Ariz. They are traveling along different orbits that, by coincidence, passed near Earth about 11 hours apart. [Photo of the asteroids' orbits near Earth.]

While scientists said neither asteroid threatened the planet, the two space rocks did provide a challenging skywatching opportunity.
"Both asteroids should be observable near closest approach to Earth with moderate-sized amateur telescopes," NASA officials said in a statement. "Neither of these objects has a chance of hitting Earth."

The larger of the two space rocks, asteroid 2010 RX30, flew by Earth first at about 5:51 a.m. EDT (0951 GMT). It is estimated to be about 33 to 65 feet wide (10 to 20 meters) and passed within 154,000 miles (248,000 km) of the planet. On average, the moon is about roughly 238,900 miles (384,402 km) from Earth.

The second asteroid is relatively small. Called 2010 RF12, it is estimated to be 20 to 46 feet wide (6 to 14 meters) and was expected to pass within 49,000 miles (79,000 km) a few hours later at 5:12 pm EDT (2112 GMT), NASA asteroid trackers said.

Other asteroids have been known to make such close passes, but it is rare for two to be spotted zooming in at the same time. Most times, these types of asteroids slip by unnoticed, NASA scientists said.

A 33-foot (10-meter) wide near-Earth object, one of the some 50 million unknown asteroids estimated to exist, would be expected to pass between the Earth and orbit of the moon every day, according to NASA asteroid trackers. Such an asteroid could hit Earth's atmosphere once every 10 years, they added.

Because of the movement of two newfound asteroids, finding and tracking them across the sky was expected to be a challenge for even seasoned skywatchers.

"Advanced amateur astronomers may be able to track the asteroids..." the website reported. "The fast-moving space rocks will shine like stars of 15th or 16th magnitude."

Magnitude is a measure of how bright an object in the night sky is, with lower numbers corresponding to brighter objects. Anything magnitude 6.5 and above is not visible to the naked eye.

Using a network of telescopes on the ground and in space, NASA experts and other astronomers routinely track asteroids and comets that may fly uncomfortably near the Earth.

The space agency's Near-Earth Object Observations program is responsible for finding potentially dangerous asteroids and studying their orbits to determine if they pose a risk of hitting the Earth.

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