This text mistakenly says that the dinosaur killer asteroid came from the Kuiper belt which is at the outer limits of the solar system. However, William F. Bottke and his colleagues D. Vokrouhlický and D. Nesvorný suggested in 2007 that the asteroid came from the main belt which is between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter and belongs to the Baptistina family best known from the surviving 298 Baptistina and taking some 160 million years to reach planet Earth.
Recent 2011 study of the results from NASA Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has indicated, however, that the Baptistina family of asteroids broke off about 80 million years ago. W. Clavin and T. Perrotto write that this is not enough time for the Yucatan asteroid and that its origin remains mystery.
I leave the post here as a reminder of how easy it is to make mistakes when not being careful and also how quickly modern astronomy is developing even in the past ten years as new data pours in from continuously improved instruments. The theological points made in this post remain valid regardless of the origin of the meteorite. The time it took to reach planet Earth is anyway considered to be in tens of millions of years.
Kuiper belt of deadly rocks
The things we have learned about the sudden and far reaching change in the history of life upon Earth when that rock hit the planet 68-64 million years ago can be compared to a great artist who decides to repaint the canvas and splashes white color over much of the previous work (not all, of course, we have sharks and tortoises and araucarias and flies with us today).
But note the divine timing!
Those whose mission in life is to explain God away can only see trees but not the forest, have very accurate knowledge of the details but cannot fathom the grandiose guidance of Creator. Things are not related, integrated, but rather little gods work here and there randomly causing some nice surprises as result.
Trying to speak about the unspeakable, from the point of view of faith, we could say (in very limited human terms) that God of Israel synchronized the evolution of life on Earth so that His calculated timer brings the big stone from Kuiper belt in exactly the right time and place to drastically repaint life upon Earth.
This is truly long term planning (again, in human terms), a 160 million years subproject that will once bring catastrophic end to the Age of the Dinosaurs. The big splash began the Cenozoic period when it was time for us mammals to stand up and begin our rule in the biosphere.
The development has culminated in the making of man and woman in God's image, this hairless branch in the tree of life who are using our mighty brain power He has given to us to figure out celestial things like comet Elenin and the Yucatan hit, and also to create things that threaten with our own means the very survival of life on Earth.
Trident is a submarine launched intercontinental ballistic missile
Hey people, if rocks falling from the sky do not smither us, let us blow ourselves to pieces just for the sake of power over our fellow humans!
Nuclear winter. An artist's view
The discovery of the Yucatan effect led Carl Sagan and other scientists to the realization what would be the consequence of an all-out nuclear war between U.S.A. and Soviet Union - the M.A.D. would be followed by a similar nuclear winter of cosmic dimensions. The scientific discovery led to plenty of SALT and those monstrous intercontinental missiles have been put in deep freeze. They are there, of course, in case, but in general the eagerness of world leaders to trigger a global nuclear war has markedly diminished.
They look scary and they are scary, no matter whether Russian, Chinese, American or whatever
Comet Elenin may be overrated - at least we hope and pray so.
The discovery of the meaning of the Yucatan hit may have saved mankind from a nuclear war.
All this and more is in the hand of God Almighty and He has put in His wisdom that Catcher in the Rye, Jupiter, to take care of most of the space rocks that could be threatening us. None will hit us by chance.
God of Israel is the only God and He is mightier than we can even imagine.