Posts Tagged ‘Sun’

What Is Happening On Planet Earth?

February 28, 2010

A devastating magnitude-8.8 earthquake struck Chile early Saturday morning, shattering buildings and bridges, killing at least 700 people and setting off a tsunami that threatened every nation around the Pacific Ocean — roughly a quarter of the globe.

What is happening on planet Earth?

Last November, governmental representatives from 170 countries went to Copenhagen for the “Climate Gate Conference”. Remember?

They met to discuss Global Warming, the theory that mankind’s liberation of “greenhouse” gases—such as carbon dioxide—is leading to a relentless, unprecedented, and ultimately catastrophic warming of the entire planet. They met there seeking to prevent global warming and climate changes with new laws about carbon emission.

There is no doubt that mankind has liberated huge quantities of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere over the past two centuries. But mankind did not “create” this carbon dioxide out of nothing. It was released by the burning of “fossil fuels”, created by the Earth from the remains of plants and animals (who themselves ultimately obtained their nutrition from those plants).

Where do you think those plants got their energy and carbon dioxide from? – They absorbed the radiant energy of the Sun, and breathed in carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, as plants continue to do today. In other words, when we burn fossil fuels, we are utilizing a small part of the solar energy that had been collected and stored by plants over millions of years, and in the process we are liberating into the atmosphere the carbon dioxide that those plants had absorbed from the atmosphere in the first place.

We all know by now that there is no such thing as global warming. The recent snow storms across America and Europe bear witness that it has been getting colder.

Indeed, strange things are happening in both outer and inner space. The Earth’s magnetic field has been weakening. Scientists say that this decrease actually began about 2,000 years ago, but the rate of decrease suddenly became much more rapid 500 years ago. However, in the last 20 years or so, the magnetic field has become erratic. – I find this very significant. Just think of biblical events that took place during that time.

The decline in the magnetic field is also opening the Earth’s upper atmosphere to intense charged-particle radiation, according to scientists.

The Sun floods the planets of the solar system with heat, light, UV radiation and electrically charged particles. The Sun itself has a magnetic field, and that magnetic field creates an “egg” around the solar system that is known as the heliosphere. The heliosphere is shaped like a teardrop, with the long, thin end of the drop pointing away from the direction in which we’re travelling.  – Any changes that occur in or on the Sun will eventually affect every person alive.

According to NASA, the Sun is beginning another 11- year cycle of activity. The Sun flips its magnetic poles every 11 years. Considering that the Sun is to blame for some unfavorable climate changes on the Earth, the coming decade could spell more trouble for our planet.

Mankind can’t control the changes in our solar system. G-D himself is shaping our way of life on this planet; and the changes we are now seeing with our Sun, the solar system and the Earth’s magnetic field may be the very things that transform our world as we know it into something new when the Messiah arrives.

We truly live in very interesting times!

The Great Solar Eclipse of 2009 – July 22!

July 21, 2009

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On Wednesday, July 22, 2009, the moon will hide the face of the sun in the longest total solar eclipse in this 21st century. “It will be a monster, with a totality lasting more than 6.6 minutes at maximum,” say Fred Espenak and Jay Anderson, writers for Sky & Telescope magazine.

It is interesting that three solar eclipses occur on each of three annual calendar dates introducing the Jewish month of Av for the years 2008, 2009, and 2010. The first eclipse occurred on August 1, 2008. The second solar eclipse is coming up this month — on July 22, 2009, and the third will happen on July 11, 2010. These dates vary in the Gregorian calendar, but occur on the same calendar date in the Jewish calendar — Av 1.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon travels across the face of the sun, thus blocking out its sunlight. A “total” solar eclipse means that the moon is large enough (closer to Earth) to completely cover the surface of the sun, whereas, an “annular” solar eclipse means that the moon is farther away from Earth and appears smaller than the sun’s disk. A “partial” solar eclipse means that the moon only crosses part the sun’s surface, but does not completely block out its light. These three solar eclipses are “total” eclipses — last year in the far north, this year across the middle of Earth’s surface, and next year in the far south.

The solar eclipse last year (August 1, 2008) was seen in parts of the Arctic, Siberia, and central Asia. The second of these three solar eclipses will be coming up this month on July 22, 2009. Sky & Telescope magazine (December 2008) had a story about this solar eclipse, saying that it would be the longest eclipse of the century and would not be seen in this configuration again until 2132.

Fred Espenak and Jay Anderson, writers for Sky & Telescope said, “A total eclipse of the sun will cross China next summer. Unlike the eclipse last August, the one on July 22, 2009, will darken major cities, densely populated countryside, and a vast expanse of tropical ocean.”

“The third total solar eclipse will happen on July 11, 2010, almost entirely over the South Pacific. Easter Island and southern Chile (at sunset) offer the only landfalls. The South Pacific is again the site of the next one, on November 13, 2012.”

November 13, 2012 … hmmm … that’s in the fourth year of this Sabbatical cycle, near December 12, 2012, the final day in the Mayan calendar. Could these be heavenly signs?

The total solar eclipse this month will have a magnitude of 1.080 that will be visible from a narrow corridor through northern India, eastern Nepal, northern Bangladesh, Bhutan, the northern tip of Myanmar, central China and the Pacific Ocean, including Ryukyu Islands, Marshall Islands and Kiribati. Totality will be visible in many cities such as Surat, Varanasi, Patna, Thimphu, Chengdu, Chongqing, Wuhan, Hangzhou and Shanghai. A partial eclipse will be seen from the much broader path of the Moon‘s penumbra, including most of South East Asia and north-eastern Oceania.

On Friday, August 1, 2008, a total eclipse of the Sun was visible from within a narrow corridor that traversed half the Earth. The path of the Moon’s umbral shadow began in Canada and extended across northern Greenland, the Arctic, central Russia, Mongolia, and China. A partial eclipse was seen within the much broader path of the Moon’s penumbral shadow, which included northeastern North America, most of Europe and Asia.

On Sunday, July 11, 2010, a third total eclipse of the Sun will be visible from within a narrow corridor that traverses Earth’s southern hemisphere. The path of the Moon’s umbral shadow will cross the South Pacific Ocean where it will make no landfall except for Mangaia (Cook Islands) and Easter Island (Isla de Pascua). The path of totality will end just after reaching southern Chile and Argentina. The Moon’s penumbral shadow will produce a partial eclipse visible from a much larger region covering the South Pacific and southern South America.

What is remarkable about these solar eclipses is the unusual way they occur on the Jewish calendar. There are several Scriptures that predict signs in the Sun and Moon around the time of the Tribulation Period. Isaiah wrote:

“Behold, the day of the L- RD cometh, … the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.”

“And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible” (Isa. 13:9-11).

It is possible that solar and lunar eclipses over the next few years hold heavenly messages for mankind. They may be the biblical signs predicted for the Sun and Moon.