CUBA FEBRUARY 1st, 2019
ARTICLE WRITTEN BY CLYDE LEWIS
This morning I woke up and read a meme in my Facebook feed. Someone had jokingly talked about how they were waiting for a big fireball to come down and hit the earth. I knew that this person had listened to my January 31st, 2019 broadcast when I had said that scientists 17 years ago predicted a possible extinction level fireball hitting the earth at 11:47 am eastern time on Friday, February 1st.
I actually spent some time last night recording a podcast about this event saying that if it doesn’t happen in America I will be told that it was all fear mongering.
I hear it all the time but I also said that when I hear these stories about rocks heading to earth because I get shell shocked after I reported the Russian meteor that exploded in 2013.
Well, it wasn’t an extinction level event, but an apparent meteorite landed in Western Cuba today, February 1st, 2019.
Again, I was actually blown away by how we reported that something would happen like this – and it did.
The National Weather Service in Key West first said that a meteor was seen in the sky over the Florida Keys.
It then exploded over near the town of Vinales, Pinar del Rio in Cuba, earlier this afternoon.
The meteorite also “shattered windows and sounded like two explosions.”
It’s not clear if there were reports of damage or injuries.
Amid speculation on social media, Cuban state media denied that any planes had crashed, calling it a “natural, physical phenomenon.”
State-run Juventud Rebelde said a team of specialists from Cuba’s Geophysics and Astronomy Institute had been sent to Pinar del Rio to study a possible meteor strike.
We have been having a few close shaves with Near Earth Objects including one that hit the moon on January 20th, 2019, the night of the Blood Red Wolf Moon.
Last Tuesday, there were two huge asteroids that passed close to the earth – one in the morning and one in the evening.
Within that past three months, there have been 10 “Near-Earth Objects” as making a “close approach.”
On January 7th, 2019, NASA issued a warning of the close approach of 2018 YQ2. It was the size of two cross-town busses put end to end and came within a dangerous approach of planet earth according to NASA’s asteroid experts at the California-based Jet Propulsion Laboratory. During this flyby, the imposing asteroid reached its closest possible distance to the planet – a so-called “Earth Close Approach.”
NASA’s JPL scientists estimate YQ2 measures in the range of 52.5ft to 118.1ft in diameter.
Any asteroid in this size range could pack enough force to cause injury and destruction upon atmospheric entry.
This February, it will be six years since a rock the size of a six-story building exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia.
Scientists are saying that this year we will see a lot of fireballs and near misses as we as the earth is passing through what are called the Beta Taurids.
There are some scientists that warn we could see an event similar to what happened in Tunguska Russia in 1908. The Tunguska explosion flattened 825 square miles of forest.
Luckily, it fell over one of the least-populated areas in the world, so no one has been killed or injured. The Tunguska Event is the most powerful impact ever recorded in human history. According to a recent study, the Beta Taurids were to blame for the phenomenon, and a new Tunguska Event could happen again in June 2019.
We live in a timeline of extremes — we have life we gain experience — we use the experience and we all come to an end– and in some cases there are symptoms that indicate that the end is coming – today’s direct hit of a space rock in Cuba is not the end of the world but it certainly is going to be the beginning of more space rocks to come as we move into the Taurids in June.
Keep your eyes on the skies – this is only the beginning.