Future Prophecies Revealed.

"A Comet appeared in the heavens like a twisting serpent ...lusting for human blood " Historian Nicetus 1182.

: The earth passes through the Taurid meteor stream 24th June - 6th July and again 3rd November - 15th November. This stream contains approximately 200 asteroids of more than 1km in diameter.

Toutatis an asteroid, is three miles long and one and a half miles wide. It passed near Earth in November last year and will return in 2004 but next time, will be even closer than before. Dr David Hughes of Sheffield University pointed out that if the rogue asteroid did come too close to the Earth, it would be too big to divert safely with nuclear missiles, a tactic favoured by the American space agency, NASA. Jeffreys added, "Depending on where the asteroid struck, the damage would range from devastating to annihilation." It appears the chances of us all being wiped out by Toutatis are about 1 in 5,000, higher on average for the next 30 years as Earth's irregular orbit takes us into danger.

: Jimi Hendrix and "Rock Prophecy"

Shoemaker Levy 9, a short period comet discovered in March 1993 - it had a parent nucleus size of ~10 km [Sekanina, Chodas, Yeomans]. It made a very close approach to Jupiter in summer 1992, when it broke into 21 fragments -It impacted into Jupiter July 1994.

......Hendrix vision of the New Light was literal and probably influenced by science fiction books he liked to read. His lyric message for the song New Rising Sun conforms to a `multiple sun Utopia' theme found in Arthur C. Clarke's novels. In a 1951 story, The Sands Of Mars, Clarke envisioned the detonation of a Martian moon into a miniature sun capable of warming that planet and making it hospitable for human life. `Project Dawn' climaxed when:

...the eastern sky was aglow with the first light of the rising sun... spilling over the horizon now the first rays were touching the hills.

Similarly, when Hendrix recorded Land Of the New Rising Sun in July 1970, he sang about a planet that becomes a star:

`We're gonna go across the Jupiter Sun, and see all you people one by one...'

A dozen years after Jimi wrote this, Arthur Clarke borrowed the `Project Dawn' concept of an igniting moon and altered it to become the`Jupiter Sun' climax for th film 2010, Oddyssey 2. Jimi had anticipated this Jupiter vision from a concept inspired by Clarke's 1951 novel.Both of them advance the idea the sometime around the turn of the century the gaseous planet Jupiter ignites into a second Sun for our solar system, thus making Mars inhabitable and ensuring inexhaustible resources.

`The Sun is going to give you anything and everything you want.'- Jimi

`The Land Of The New Rising Sun' is Jimi's Utopian metaphor for a future world drenched in the energy of multiple-Sun plenty: civilization without want, people without need. `The solar system is going through a change soon', he predicted in 1969, `and it's going to affect the Earth in about thirty years. The Earth is going through a physical change soon, the world's gonna go like topsy-turvy and since the people are part of the Earth, they are going to feel it too. Human's forget that they're part of Earth-matter. There's gonna be a big physical change.' In a poem Jimi wrote in May '69 he encounters an extraterrestrial Jesus (`I realized that he was as spaced out as me') and asks, `What you want me to do, go back to Earth and witness the royal change of the rubble?'

`I see visions of sleeping peaks erupting, Releasing all hell that will Shake the earth from end to end...Singing about the Valleys of Sunrise Rainbow clean this world's going to be...'

:  Stars Falling From the Sky: (Meteors) (Updated 1-Nov-99)

Meteor Showers could be interpreted as Stars Falling from the Sky: However, numbers of meteors do not seem to be on the rise, unless one focuses on the additional debris falling back to earth from our space flight efforts (SKYLAB, MIR, Et Cetera). Meteors are often associated with cometary orbits, or with the orbits of extinct comets. These meteors of cometary origin follow the orbits of the comets that they were cast off of, and appear at predictable peroids of the year from predictable directions.

Ancient meteor showers will show up with similar strengths each year as the earth passes through the comet's oribt. Meteor showers of more recent origin should show up strongly in some years than others; strongly in years where earth's orbit interesects that of the main body of meteorids. The main body of meteorids is assumed to follow closly the position of the comet that was the source. So it is to be assumed that a year with many comets could potentially be a year with more meteors. Only one of the comets returning in 2000 is clearly associated with a meteor shower: Encke is associated with the Taurid shower, which peaks around 31-Oct. See the below table for information on the periodic meteor showers. You may also refer to Meteor Showers for 99 and 2000.

New Meteor Information: The Nov 17th/18th Leonid meteor shower is expected to be the largest one since 1966. Comet Linear, additionally passed near the sun on 20-Sept, and the Earth will be passing that region of space from 4-Nov to 18-Nov, potentially giving the Leonid meteor shower a boost by adding meteors derived from the slow disintegration of Comet Linear.

: Periodicity of Meteor Showers

Shower Name | Quadrantid

| Best Date | 3-Jan | Associated Comet | <unknown> | Period of Comet (Years) | 7 | Hourly Rate | 40 | Likely Strong Year | <unk>

Shower Name | Lyrid

| Best Date | 21-Apr 1861 | Associated Comet | I | Period of Comet (Years) | 415 | Hourly Rate | 15 | Likely Strong Year | 2276

Shower Name | Eda Aquarid

| Best Date | 4-May | Associated Comet | Halley | Period of Comet (Years) | 76 | Hourly Rate | 20 | Likely Strong Year | 2062

Shower Name | Delta Aquarid

| Best Date | 27-Jul | Associated Comet | <unk> | Period of Comet (Years) | 3.6 | Hourly Rate | 20 | Likely Strong Year | <unk>

Shower Name | Perseid

| Best Date | 11-Aug 1962 | Associated Comet | III(Swift-Tuttle) | Period of Comet (Years) | 105 | Hourly Rate | 50 | Likely Strong Year | 2067

Shower Name | Draconid

| Best Date | 9-Oct | Associated Comet | Giacobini-Zinner | Period of Comet (Years) | 6.6 | Hourly Rate | <unk> | Likely Strong Year | 2003

Shower Name | Orionid

| Best Date | 21-Oct | Associated Comet | Halley | Period of Comet (Years) | 76 | Hourly Rate | 25 | Likely Strong Year | 2062

Shower Name | Taurid

| Best Date | 3-Nov | Associated Comet | Encke | Period of Comet (Years) | 3.3 | Hourly Rate | <unk> | Likely Strong Year | 2000

Shower Name | Andromedid

| Best Date | 14-Nov | Associated Comet | Biela | Period of Comet (Years) | 6.6 | Hourly Rate | <unk> | Likely Strong Year | <unk>

Shower Name | Leonid

| Best Date | 18-Nov 1866 | Associated Comet | I(Tempel-Tuttle) | Period of Comet (Years) | 33 | Hourly Rate | 15 | Likely Strong Year | 2031(1999)

Shower Name | Geminid

| Best Date | 14-Dec | Associated Comet | <unk> | Period of Comet (Years) | 1.6 | Hourly Rate | 50 | Likely Strong Year | <unk>

Shower Name | Ursids

| Best Date | 22-Dec | Associated Comet | <unk> | Period of Comet (Years) | <unk> | Hourly Rate | 15 | Likely Strong Year | <unk>

: coma or the comet's head The comet's coma or head is the fuzzy haze that surrounds the comet's true nucleus. The coma (and tail) are really all that we see from Earth.

The shape of the coma can vary from comet to comet and for the same comet during its apparition. The shape depends on the comet's distance from the Sun and the relative amount of dust and gas production. For faint comets or bright comets producing little dust, the coma is usually round. Comets, which are producing significant quantities of dust, have a fan-shaped or parabolic comae. This is because different size dust is being released. The larger dust gets left along the comet's orbital path while smaller dust gets pushed away from the Sun by light pressure. The smaller the dust, the more directly away from the Sun the dust is pushed. With a distribution of both large and small dust sizes, a fan is created. For comets within 1 AU, the coma of a dusty comet often becomes parabolic in shape. Clearly, for comets with fan-shaped or parabolic comae, there is no obvious boundary between the coma and tail. nucleus The true nucleus of a comet has only been seen once (P/Halley by spacecraft). From the ground, the star-like nucleus always includes a cloud of dust and gas around the true nucleus. Hence, terms such as stellar condensation and nuclear condensation are often used when a star-like object is seen in the comet's coma. tail The comet's tail is its most distinctive feature. Generally pointing away from the Sun, these appendages come in a variety of shapes and lengths. The lengths can vary from a small fraction of a degree (tails are always measured as the angular length either in degrees or minutes of arc [', 60' = one degree]) to the rare few that cover a significant fraction of the sky. periodic or short-period comets Any comet with an orbital period of less than 200 years. These comets are indicated by a "P/" before the names. For example, P/Halley is Halley's comet or more properly known as periodic Comet Halley. Recently, the International Astronomical Union has started numbering periodic comets that have been seen at more than one apparition. Thus, Halley's Comet is 1P/Halley and P/de Vico is now known as 122P/de Vico.