Mar 312008
 

Interesting story today on a science/tech site I read. An Assyrian clay tablet lurking in a museum has been long-recognised as an astronomer’s ‘observation diary’, but some recent studies have subjected its observations to a computerised planisphere that can back-track the position of stars, etc for thousands of years. The tablet has ‘confirmed’ the impact of an asteroid in Germany but the connection with Sodom and Gomorrah comes through the effect of its trailing plume. This would have crossed the Levant, Sinai and northern Egypt (where Sodom and Gomorrah are thought to have been) and its intense heating effect would have caused flammable materials, including clothes and hair, to ignite – fire from heaven indeed.