THE END of the world is coming on September 1 – or at least, that’s the belief of one pastor who noted a convergence of signs in the heavens, including that of the arrival of Comet NEOWISE.
A trio of signs have appeared in the skies which are a sign of the end of days, according to one controversial pastor. US pastor Paul Begley has sent out a video to his 300,000 YouTube subscribers stating that the end of days is near, highlighting September 1 as the probable date for the end of the world. And Mr Begley highlights three astronomical signs which he believes is proof that the end is nigh.
The first is the arrival of Comet NEOWISE, which is currently mesmerising stargazers across the planet after it became visible to the naked eye.
Comet C/2020 F3, also known as Neowise, was discovered on March 27 and is currently streaking across our skies in incredible scenes.
The comet will reach its closest point to Earth on July 23, passing our planet at a distance of around 103 million kilometres.
But NEOWISE is not the only sign the pastor spotted.
Another sign was the Ring of Fire eclipse, which was witnessed in parts of West Africa, South Asia, southern China, Taiwan and the Arabian Peninsula on June 21.
Finally, these signs will converge when an asteroid known as 2011 ES4 will pass Earth on September 1.
Although NASA has revealed the asteroid will shoot by Earth at a safe distance of 76,000 miles, Mr Belgley is concerned the space rock could hit our planet.
Mr Belgey said on his YouTube video: “There’s this asteroid that’s got a lot of people nervous.
“NASA says that a potentially hazardous asteroid is going to skim past way closer to the Earth than the Moon is.
“This thing is way too close. Is doomsday on September 1? What about comet NEOWISE? How wise are you on this one?”
NASA has described the coming space rock as a “potentially hazardous asteroid”.
The space agency said: “Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs) are currently defined based on parameters that measure the asteroid’s potential to make threatening close approaches to the Earth.
“Specifically, all asteroids with a minimum orbit intersection distance (MOID) of 0.05 au or less are considered PHAs.”
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But while Mr Begley is concerned about the approaching asteroid, NASA is not fearful in the slightest.
Even in the extremely minute chance it would hit Earth, at 49 metres it would not pose a significant threat, causing a similar explosion to the Chelyabinsk incident in 2013, when a 20-metre meteor exploded and caused injuries to more than 1,000 people.
The 2011 ES4 asteroid is a Near Earth Object (NEO), however, which means it will give NASA the perfect opportunity to study the history of the solar system.
NASA set on its Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) website: “NEOs are comets and asteroids that have been nudged by the gravitational attraction of nearby planets into orbits that allow them to enter the Earth’s neighbourhood.
“The scientific interest in comets and asteroids is due largely to their status as the relatively unchanged remnant debris from the solar system formation process some 4.6 billion years ago.”