Asteroid 1998 QE2 Closest Pass May 31, 2013

Posted: May 31, 2013 in Asteroids, Signs In The Heavens
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Heads Up! Another asteroid passes earth tonight.

Tonight’s heavenly viewing is 1998 QE2 and is the size of nine Cruise ships and the size of the Golden Gate Bridge!! Now that’s big!

This asteroid will be pass approximately 3.6  million miles from earth tonight. According to NASA’s Near Earth Object Program will not be this close to earth again for 200 years.

This asteroid has its own moon accompanying it and is 2000 feet wide and spins itself once very 4 hours.


The last significant asteroid to pass earth was on February 15 of this year. 2012 DA14, as it is known, passed earth 17,200 miles away. Everyone was watching for the asteroid, but no one saw the meteorite that exploded 12 miles above Russia that same day!

Tonight when it passes will be Sivan 23, 5773 on the Hebrew Calendar.  On this day in 355 BCE, Haman’s edict for destroying the Jewish people was overturned. The date is mentioned three times in the Book of Esther, read every year on Purim. On this day in 1962, the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed the New York State Regent’s Prayer in public schools, on the grounds that it violated the separation of Church and State. The New York State board of education had approved the following 22-word “nondenominational prayer” for recitation each morning in public schools: “Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our country.” The board of education believed that the prayer would help students develop good character and good citizenship. Although reciting the prayer was optional for each student, a group of parents objected, and the case went all the way to the Supreme Court. Organizations such as the American Jewish Congress supported the ban — due to centuries of religious persecution, Jews tend to oppose government involvement in religion. One of the most ominous reactions came from the Jesuit publication, America, which warned Jews that their involvement in these cases could incite anti-Semitism in American society. The majority Supreme Court opinion held that “classroom invocation of God’s blessings… is a religious activity.” The dissenting opinion pointed out that each day’s session of the Supreme Court starts with the invocation, “God save the United States and this Honorable Court,” that the Pledge of Allegiance contains the words “one Nation under God,” and that every dollar bill bears the words, “In God we Trust.” (

To which I say, “In God I Trust!” As the sun goes down and the asteroid comes into view, Shabbat Shalom.

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