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'Apocalyptic fireball' heads to Earth as 'hazardous' asteroid closer than moon

An asteroid will soon come closer to Earth than the moon, and a doomsday preacher is warning it could be an “apocalyptic fireball” prophesied in the Bible.

Asteroid 2011 ES4 is expected to skim past our planet on September 1 at 10:49am EDT (2:49pm UK time), NASA says.

The rocky visitor, measuring between 22m and 49m in diameter, will fly 0.00048 astronomical units away (44,618 miles) from Earth, at a speed of 18,253 miles per hour.

The moon is 238,855 miles from Earth so 2011 ES4 will skim by considerably closer than our lunar neighbour.

It’s considered a “Potentially Hazardous Asteroid” (PHA) based on certain NASA criteria.

Asteroid 2011 ES4 will come significantly closer to Earth than the moon

“Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs) are currently defined based on parameters that measure the asteroid’s potential to make threatening close approaches to the Earth,” NASA has said.

“Specifically, all asteroids with a minimum orbit intersection distance (MOID) of 0.05 au or less and an absolute magnitude (H) of 22.0 or less are considered PHAs.”

While 2011 ES4 isn’t believed to pose any real danger to life on Earth, Pastor Paul Begley is convinced the asteroid could spell the end of the world.

“It’s been confirmed — incoming fireballs, apocalyptic, headed in our direction,” he proclaimed in a recent video on his YouTube account, where he has more than 330,000 subscribers.

"Fireballs" raining down on Earth spells the end of the world, Paul Begley insists
“Fireballs” raining down on Earth spells the end of the world, Paul Begley insists
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“It is prophesied that apocalyptic fireballs will fall. We’re getting confirmation they are coming.”

Begley believes both Biblical passages and scientific evidence point to the planet being in danger of destruction by incoming space debris and asteroids in a “September to remember”.

“I’ve been talking about this for a decade because we knew, according to the Bible, we knew it was coming – even without scientific proof,” he said.

“Even Stephen Hawking says the Earth will be consumed in fire in 2600. I think it’s gonna be way way sooner than that because the Bible says it in second Peter, chapter three.”

The Bible speaks of the Earth "melting" in fire, which Begley says could mean asteroids
The Bible speaks of the Earth “melting” in fire, which Begley says could mean asteroids

He says “more than 100 tonnes of space dust and rock” fall into our atmosphere every day in a sign of bigger things to come.

“Tiny fireballs may one day reveal unseen asteroids. The tiny fireballs that exploded over Japan in 2017, and over Russia in 2013, and recently have been falling all around the world could be and is a sign according to scientists of larger objects that are incoming.”

Scientists have said the fireball that flew over Kyoto in 2017 was in fact a tiny piece of a much larger asteroid that may one day follow in its path and collide with Earth, some time in the next 10 million years.

A fireball was seen streaking through the sky above Kyoto, Japan in April 2017
A fireball was seen streaking through the sky above Kyoto, Japan in April 2017

“Here’s what scientists are finding out: the debris field that’s coming is a precursor to the bigger rocks that are coming behind it,” Begley says.

“The little rocks, in an explosion somewhere in the cosmos, sent millions and billions of rocks headed in our direction.”

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He showed his subscribers a small rock that he claimed was a piece of a meteor that didn’t burn up in the atmosphere because it’s made of iron, and says more of them can do “huge damage”.

Pastor Begley claims this piece of iron rock came from a meteor
Pastor Begley claims this piece of iron rock came from a meteor

“It’s gonna hit the earth, it’s gonna bring intense heat, fires are going to break out,” he says.

Begley quotes from the Bible which says the Earth will one day “melt with a fervent heat” and “reel and rock like a drunkard”.

“This is scientific proof that fireballs and asteroids are heated in our direction. Meteorites are coming!”

Source Daily Star – Weird News

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