NASA Conference on Asteroid Defense: Disaster Planning or Plotting for Deception?

“What I see for them is not yet, What I behold will not be soon: A star rises from Yaakov, A scepter comes forth from Yisrael; It smashes the brow of Moab, The foundation of all children of Shet.” Numbers 24:17 (The Israel Bible™)

This week, 300 scientists from around the world gathered at a NASA conference to prepare for a scenario they constantly and consistently deny has any possibility of occurring: the planet-threatening impact of a huge asteroid with the earth.

An expert in Torah-sourced astronomical phenomena rejects the scientific approach, pointing to evidence that the self-proclaimed experts are clearly hiding the truth. The answers and solutions, he claims, have already been provided by “a higher authority.”

The International Academy of Astronautics is holding its 6th Planetary Defense Conference from April 29-May 3 in College Park, Maryland. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the  Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Departments of Defense and State, and their counterparts from China, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, and Russia will simulate a full-scale asteroid impact scenario.

“These exercises have really helped us in the planetary defense community to understand what our colleagues on the disaster management side need to know,” Lindley Johnson, NASA’s Planetary Defense Officer, said in a statement. “This exercise will help us develop more effective communications with each other and with our governments.”

The exercise will simulate observing an asteroid at a distance of 57 million kilometers from Earth. The asteroid, referred to as a near-Earth object (NEO), is 100-300 meters in diameter and is approaching our solar system at 14 kilometers per second. The exercise will determine that the NEO has a 1 percent chance of hitting Earth – the minimum allowance for a planetary defense effort to be initiated – on April 27, 2027. At that point in the exercise, NASA and its partners will discuss potential preparations for asteroid reconnaissance and deflection missions while planning for mitigation of a potential impact’s effects. FEMA and others will discuss disaster relief.

The consensus of the scientists is that if the asteroid is less than 50 meters across, evacuating the threatened region is a better option. If it is larger, deflecting the asteroid from its path is the preferred option. Using a nuclear device to destroy the asteroid is considered dangerous as it will create a multitude of fragments, some of which could still be quite destructive.

Neither diverting nor destroying an asteroid of any size has ever been attempted. In 2022, NASA will run the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission on a real asteroid 150 meters across.

This type of exercise is also specifically identified as part of the National Near-Earth Object Preparedness Strategy and Action Plan developed over a two-year period which was published by the White House in June 2018.

The announcement for the event emphasized that this was only an exercise and was not in response to an actual threat. NASA assures the public that they have the situation well in hand, having established the Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO) in 2016 to detect any potentially hazardous object. Asteroids whose orbit around our sun brings them within 50 million kilometers of our planet, defined as “near Earth,” are of interest. The PDCO is currently tracking more than 20,000 such objects and is discovering an average of 150 new objects every month. The majority are very small, but 942 are more than a kilometer across.

The most likely threat the PDCO is currently tracking is 2000 SG344. Relatively small with a diameter of only 37 meters, there is about a 1 in 417 chance that it will collide with Earth between 2069 and 2113. The energy released by an impact is estimated at 1.1 megatons of TNT.

The greater threat lies in asteroids that go undetected. The PDCO’s two main telescopes as well as the two additional telescopes they have planned are all Earth-based and therefore unable to detect asteroids, even large ones, on the other side of the sun. Planetary Defense Officer Lindley Johnson admitted to the conference that many large asteroids are “hiding.”

“A fair fraction of the biggest ones are hiding,” Johnson said to the participants. “[They are] basically parked behind the sun.”

Yuval Ovadia’s films on Nibiru, a huge star that many believe will appear to herald the end of days, have garnered hundreds of thousands of views. He is unimpressed by the efforts of the scientific community to cope with the threat.

“NASA and the scientists who work with them are deceiving us in several ways,” Ovadia told Breaking Israel News. “They are running an exercise to prepare for a disaster at the same time they tell us that a disaster could never happen, that there is nothing to worry about. They clearly know that there are problems, that there is a threat, precisely like the one discussed in the Torah sources.”

Ovadia pointed to a wave of disaster drills that took place almost simultaneously around the globe last month.

“The situation has progressed to the point where they can no longer hide it from the public,” Ovadia said, noting the plethora of natural disasters in recent years. He explained that volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, and asteroids are all signs of the approach of Nibiru.

“It is like a wave being pushed in front of a large ship,” Ovadia explained. “Nibiru is so large that it will affect the gravity of the earth, put stress on the planet’s mantle, and bring with it asteroids. What we are witnessing now is just the prelude.”

He pointed to several large wildfires that broke out in Russia and California that he believes may have been ignited by undetected asteroids.

“NASA knows this,” Ovadia said. “They know they need to prepare but they don’t know how and they don’t want to cause panic.”

NASA admits that they are not entirely prepared to detect the approach of an object like Nibiru. Not only is the PDCO plagued by a blind spot that covers a large part of the heavens but there have been many large asteroids that struck the Earth while going entirely undetected. In 2013 on the same day astronomers were predicting the asteroid 2012 DA14 was going to make the closest recorded pass of an asteroid (about 17,150 miles), a fireball appeared above the Ural Mountains in Russia. An asteroid exploded in an airburst about 930 miles east of Moscow. About 1,500 people were injured, mainly by broken window glass shattered by the shock wave. The meteor was estimated to have an initial diameter of 17–20 meters and a mass of roughly 10,000 tons.

These close encounters are not uncommon. In 2006, a meteor struck in Norway with the blast force estimated at the equivalence of 100–500  tons of TNT, around 3 percent of Hiroshima’s yield. In September 2007, a meteor crashed in southeastern Peru. Many residents became ill, apparently from the noxious gases released from the impact.

“Internet and social media have made it impossible to hide these events as they once did,” Ovadia said. “But by spreading lies and telling the public that they have it under control, and by controlling the social media, scientists are trying to prevent people from connecting the dots and making sense out of all the things that are happening.”

Since the PDCO was established, at least four major impacts have been reported. Only three impact events have been successfully predicted in advance, usually by only a few hours.  Currently, predictions are mainly based on cataloging asteroids years before they are due to impact. This works well for larger asteroids as they are easily seen from a long distance but is ineffective for predicting smaller objects that can still be quite destructive.

“This is a power game with literally billions of dollars at stake,” Ovadia said.

Even the scientists admit that global defense is a power struggle. One of the largest anticipated difficulties anticipated in coping with a global threat is related to politics rather than science. And the conference has opted not to relate to this snag.

“Who would be the decision-making authority?” asked Romana Kofler of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs. “The consensus was to leave this aspect out.”

Ovadia has a solution for this Gordian Knot.

“The Bible described the Star of Jacob thousands of years ago,” Ovadia said, citing the Book of Numbers.

What I see for them is not yet, What I behold will not be soon: A star rises from Yaakov, A scepter comes forth from Yisrael; It smashes the brow of Moab, The foundation of all children of Shet. Numbers 24:17

“This predicts astronomical events that will precede the Messiah,” Ovadia said. “NASA denied that a huge new star will appear and they still deny it. The Torah predicted it and says precisely what will happen afterward: Messiah. It also describes the only defense: turn to Hashem. Who sees more trustworthy in this situation: NASA or the Torah?”