Let me first bring your attention to an older sanskrit epic the Mahabharata, thought to be written earlier than 400 BCE. The epic was said to be written by Vyasa. A scribe who was considered to be an immortal. Ok, I admit. I do have a soft spot for indian epics. There's some great ones. But this one is really interesting because a part of it illustrates a kind of sky battle in which these gods fly around in cities in the sky and attack each other and the people of earth get the effects of it. These lines really caught my eye.
Mahabharata wrote:“Gurkha, flying a swift and powerful vimana
hurled a single projectile
charged with the power of the Universe,
An incandescent column of smoke and flame,
as bright as ten thousand suns,
rose with all its splendour.
It was an unknown weapon,
an iron thunderbolt,
a gigantic messenger of death,
which reduced to ashes
the entire race of the Vrishnis and the Andhakas.
The corpses were so burned
as to be unrecognizable.
Hair and nails fell out;
Pottery broke without apparent cause,
and the birds turned white.
…After a few hours
all foodstuffs were infected…
…to escape from this fire
the soldiers threw themselves in streams
to wash themselves and their equipment.”
I was amazed at how similar this was to a nuclear explosion. Do I think that people back then had nuclear technology? No. Not even a little. Do I think there was an amount of truth to the story? Yes. I believe that the epic recorded at impact of a meteor or comet on the earth.
Why do I think this? Well, from July 16 through July 22, 1994, pieces of an object known as the Comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9 collided with Jupiter. The very first collision of two solar system bodies ever observed. As the comets entered the atmosphere the exploded. This is called an airburst. This is when a nuclear weapon or even a meteroid, or a comet detonates in the air instead of on a target. The effect on jupiter was huge immediatly creating burn marks larger than the earth.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzptIQnJ ... re=related
Think it couldn't happen to earth? It has. The Tunguska event which occured near the Podkamennaya Tunguska River in Russia at 7:14 AM on June 30th. The explosion was believed to have been caused by the air burst of a large meteoroid or comet at an altitude of 5-10 kilometres above the earth surface. Studies show it was a few tens of meters across. The energy blast ranged from 5 to as high as 30 megatons of TNT. That's about 1,000 times more powerful then the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. The explosion knocked over an estimated 80 million trees. This impact is very similar if not the same as that of a nuclear bomb.
What's described in the Mahabharata sounds weirdly similar to the fall-out of an atomic bomb or explosion. This would create huge fires burning through the earth, trees would be just decimated. The material ejected from the impact through the hole in the atmosphere a comet or meteoroid would make will re-enter all over the globe and heat up from the friction of the atmosphere. The impact would start fires raining down. If this happened on a global scal fires would put about 7 x 10 ^10 ton of soot into the air. The results could also be tsunamis and acid rain. See the heat from a the shock wave of the entering meteroid and the reprocessesing of the air close to the impact would produce nitric and nitrous acids over the next few months. This would cause acid rain. Foliage would be damaged. Rock would be weathered. Upper ocean organism would die. The ozone layer would be fucked by the 03 reacting with NO. The amount of ultraviolet light hitting the surface would increase, killing small organisms and plants, key parts of the food chain.
The wildlife, the birds, the anmals. "Elephants burst into flame, and ran to and fro in a frenzy…over a vast area, other animals crumpled to the ground and died. From all points of the compass the arrows of flame rained continuously and fiercely." All the animals would have been suffocated by the amount of ash. "And the birds turned white." from the ash of the explosion. "All foodstuffs were infected…" Explosion particles and ash would travel through the air. Water supply and food stuffs would be contaminated. "The earth shook" Earthquakes from the impact. "All points of the compass were lost in darkness." The dust and soot in the air would black out the sun undoubtedly. http://gyazo.com/c5aa45a13c52cfbb1683d61989d77540.png
This isn't something people aren't aware of. The inventor of the atomic bomb Julius Robert Oppenheimer quotes from the Bhagavad Gita which also describes a similar fallout. After the first atomic bomb was detoned he remarked that it brought to mind words from th Bhagavad Gita: "Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds." He studied the text. Ironic isn't it?
So what about the truth in this happening? Well, let's look at the area where this took place.
In Rajasthan, West of Jodhpur there is a very radioactive piece of land. Coincedence? I think not. There's also a high rate of birth defects in the area. Because of the similarities and the exact description of a nuclear type of comet or even astroid impact I believ that as this text says "the entire race of the Vrishnis and the Andhakas were reduced to ashes."
I believe there's definently a possibility of something like this happening again. In March, 1989 an asteroid named 1989 FC passed within 700,000 km of the Earth, crossing the orbit of the Earth. It was not discovered until after it had passed through the orbit of the Earth. Its size was estimated to be about 0.5 km. On March 19, 2004, a 30 m diameter asteroid, named 2004 FH, passed within 26,500 miles (43,000 km) of earth, just beyond the orbit of weather satellites.
What's your opinion on all this?
Jupiter Impact: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzptIQnJ ... re=related
J. Robert Oppenheimer: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._Robert_Oppenheimer
Air burst: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_burst
History of the atomic bomb: http://inventors.about.com/od/astartinv ... c_bomb.htm
Nuclear weapon effects: http://www.fas.org/nuke/intro/nuke/effects.htm