Jacinta 1972 and Comet 76P

Glen W. Deen
October 16, 2001

Jacinta 1972

Although I am not a Catholic, I find myself attracted to certain contemporary Catholic prophecies concerning the end times.  In particular, the "Jacinta 1972" picture has captured my attention.  It is reproduced here with the permission of Gary Wohlscheid, President, These Last Days Ministries.

This is a photograph taken on September 14, 1971.  Jacinta, the child-seer of Fatima, appeared to Veronica at a vigil, to confirm that she had written the message on the picture.”  Regardless of what you may think about this photograph, what really matters is the information in it and the significance attached to that information.  According to the amazing Bayside Prophecies, Our Lady (Mary, the mother of Jesus) is quoted as having said:

"I ask that the photograph given from Heaven, ‘Jacinta 1972’, be propagated, made known worldwide; for within this photograph lies the date, the month, the hour, the year, of the coming Chastisement.  Search it well, My children: for those who are given the grace will find the answer to the puzzle. ‘Jacinta of Fatima — Jacinta 1972’." (10-6-79)

Authentic prophecy often has more than one meaning.  The explicit meaning given in the prophetic message for “1972” was that “The date refers to the year of the takeover of Pope Paul VI's reign by Satan and his agents through faithless members of the Curia.”  But the year 1972 has another meaning for me.

Comet 76P

The most recently known orbit of comet 76P/West-Kohoutek-Ikemura has a perihelion (nearest to the Sun) approximately tangent to Mars’s orbit and an aphelion (farthest from the Sun) tangent to Jupiter’s orbit.  Quoting Gary W. Kronk from his web page at the above link:

The comet's elliptical nature was first established by B. G. Marsden on 1975 March 7, following the link of the February and March observations to that of October. Marsden commented, "It is also clear that the comet passed only 0.01 AU from Jupiter in March 1972." … Prior to the comet's entry into Jupiter's sphere of influence during the latter half of 1971, the comet moved in an elliptical orbit with a period of about 30 years and a perihelion distance of 4.78 AU.

An AU – Astronomical Unit – is the average radius of Earth’s orbit; 0.01 AU is 1.5 million km, which is 20 times Jupiter’s radius.  The Moon’s orbit radius is 60 times Earth’s radius.

Dr. Marsden is Associate Director of the Smithsonian Astrophysics Observatories.  When comet 76P passed only 0.01 AU in front of Jupiter in March 1972, it experienced a slingshot event as Jupiter’s gravity slowed it down from 15.8 km/s to 9.2 km/s and changed its orbit in a radical way.  (NASA used Jupiter’s gravity to speed up Voyager by passing behind the planet.)  Before its close encounter with Jupiter, the comet was nearly always outside Jupiter's orbit (5.20 AU).  Afterward, the comet was nearly always inside Jupiter's orbit, ranging from 1.59 AU at perihelion to 5.33 AU at aphelion.  That converted the comet into a Mars orbit crosser because Mars ranges from 1.38 AU to 1.67 AU.

On June 28, 2001 I suggested a theory that perhaps comet 76P had either collided with Phobos or passed near enough that both of their orbits were changed in radical ways such that comet “76Pcould reach Earth from a northerly orbit in 2002, and that Phobos could reach Earth from an orbit in the ecliptic plane (to fulfill the “sunspot” prophecy [of the Little Red Robin]) in 2003.”  The Little Red Robin’s vision is found in the Little Pebble’s public Message 599 dated June 11, 2000.  My theory requires that comet 76P experienced another, but much milder, orbit-changing slingshot event from a close encounter with a Jovian Trojan asteroid in April 1997, because otherwise, comet 76P would have missed Mars by 0.042 AU (3.9 million km).

I agree with Mr. Kronk’s assertion “There is no chance of a collision,” if the comet’s orbit is now what it was in 1994!  But what if the comet’s orbit was changed once again in 1997 as it was in 1972?  A different orbit could indeed result in a collision with Phobos.  This time, the agent could not have been Jupiter, which was more than 45º in orbital longitude ahead of the comet.  But it could have been an asteroid.  There is a cloud of asteroids, called the L-5 Trojans, that trail Jupiter in its orbit by anywhere from 45º to 75º in longitude.  The asteroids actually orbit the L-5 Lagrange point, which follows Jupiter by exactly 60º.

But if the comet’s orbit changed in 1997, wouldn’t we know it?  Evidently not.  The last official observation of 76P was March 30, 1994.  Comet 76P should have been observed in December 1999 when it was roughly 2.3 AU from the Earth and had an elongation of about 70º from the Sun.  That is 0.3 AU closer than it was in March 1994 when it was last observed.  Why was it not observed in December 1999?  My suggestion is that maybe astronomers looked for it then but didn’t find it because unknown to them, its orbit had changed again in April 1997.

There was a rumored sighting on the night of January 22/23, 2001 that I debunked.  In the June 28, 2001 article previously cited, Marshall Masters reported the following:

In the spring of this year [2001], the Hubble Space Telescope team from NASA advised Dr. Brian Marsden, Associate Director of the Smithsonian Astrophysics Observatories, that they had sighted 76P on April 12.  When Dr. Marsden requested verifiable data substantiating their sightings as well as additional sightings, NASA flatly refused.

The April 12, 2001 sighting of comet 76P by the Hubble Space Telescope team would fit my theory if they knew the comet’s new orbit, and therefore knew where to look for it (towards the North).  Their refusal to give its position to Dr. Marsden could have been because they did not want its new orbit to be made public if it will indeed impact the Earth in early June 2002.

If we assume that comet 76P is the first threatening space body in the cosmic scenario that may presently be unfolding (as has been prophesied), then the fact that it experienced an orbit change in 1972 is significant.  In that case, everything that is about to happen began in 1972 when comet 76P entered the inner solar system.

A Possible Impact Date

Our Lady is quoted by the Bayside Prophecies as having said, “within this photograph lies the date, the month, the hour, the year, of the coming Chastisement.”  The idea just popped into my head when I was working on the "Astra" prophecy in May 2001 that I should add 365 months to January 1, 1972.  I refined this idea slightly to add 365.25 months to January 1, 1972 because a Julian year contains 365.25 days.  When you do this, you get June 10, 2002.

You can check this calculation yourself.  Divide 365.25 months by 12 calendar months per year, and you get 30.4375 years.  Let’s add the integer part (30) and the fraction part (0.4375) separately.  First, add 30 years to January 1, 1972, and you get January 1, 2002.  Now we convert the fraction of a year into a number of days.  Calculate 0.4375 years x 365.25 days/year = 160 days.  That is 5 months and some number of days.  The number of days in the first 5 months of the year 2002 are 31 + 28 +31 + 30 + 31 = 151 days.  The remainder is then 160 – 151 = 9 days.  So, we add 5 months to January 1, 2002 to get June 1, 2002.  Then we add the remaining 9 days to get June 10, 2002.  I notice that others have seen the word “June” in Picture A in the "Jacinta 1972" picture.

I used this calculation to compute the predicted impact date of comet "Astra" that I made in my message 587 (in my astro-revelation group) dated May 20, 2001 and entitled Possible comet impact in Iraq on June 10, 2002.  It is also the date of a solar eclipse.  According to the Fifty Year Canon of Solar Eclipses: 1986 – 2035 (NASA Reference Publication 1178 Revised), by Fred Espenak, there will be two solar eclipses in 2002, and the first one will be an annular eclipse on June 10, 2002, with the greatest eclipse occurring in the North Pacific Ocean at 23:44:15.2 UT (page 178).  On a 12-hour clock, this would be 11:44 PM UT.

The fact that there will be a solar eclipse on June 10, 2002 seems like a confirming fact to me because if God chose the impact time, it makes sense that He would choose a solar eclipse as a synchronizing signal because we know their times so accurately.  This would be proof that the impact, if it happens, could not have been an accident.  Further proof would be that a comet from the outer solar system could not have been steered towards Earth with three successive slingshot maneuvers (Jupiter, an asteroid, and Mars) by accident.

It is worth noting that while the Universal Time date for this eclipse will be June 10, 2002, the date in the Middle East (and Australia) at that time will be June 11, and the date of the Little Pebble’s public Message 599 is June 11, 2000.  Also, is it a co-incidence that American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center at 11:45 AM UT on September 11, 2001 (note the similarity to 11:44 PM UT for the eclipse)?  I wonder.

A Possible Impact Time

You can see from the "Jacinta 1972" picture that people have found various numbers in this photograph by turning it sideways.  The one that caught my attention is labeled “Picture C” on that web page, and it is reproduced here.

Others have seen “1318” in this photo.  Revelation 13:18 is that famous verse: “Here is wisdom.  Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred three-score and six.”

I also see “1138”.  This caught my attention because it matches the clue from George Lucas, namely “THX-1138”.  That was the title of his first feature motion picture, and it was also in the dialog of his first Star Wars movie (spoken by Han Solo from the prison guard room).  If you consider 11:38 to be a Universal time of day in the evening (PM), and you convert it to 24-hour time, you get 23:38.  This is 6.25333 minutes before the maximum eclipse on June 10, 2002.  If the maximum eclipse time 11:44:15.2 PM UT is a synchronizing signal, why does 11:38 PM come 6 minutes earlier?  One possible explanation might be that this comet could explode in space or in the stratosphere as the Tunguska comet did on June 30, 1908, and the maximum eclipse time might correspond to the terminus of the comet if it did not explode in space.  Mathematically, we would allow the comet to pass through the Earth without touching anything to reach a terminus inside the Earth.

Actually, Robert Foot of the University of Melbourne Research Centre for High Energy Physics has written a paper entitled The mirror world interpretation of the 1908 Tunguska event and other more recent events.  In his theory, comets may be part mirror matter, which can pass through the Earth, and part regular matter, which would be the part that explodes.

One can estimate that the minimum incoming velocity of the comet relative to the Earth is the escape velocity, which varies inversely as the square root of the radial distance from the center of the Earth.  This function can be integrated over a distance range to obtain a time interval.  If we assume we know the time interval, we can compute the minimum altitude of the explosion at 23:38 UT as a function of the terminating location of the comet at 23:44:15.2 UT if it did not explode.

Terminal location at max.
Eclipse if no explosion

Terminal radius from
center of Earth in km

Minimum explosion
altitude above ground km

Surface of Earth



Bottom of lower mantle



Surface of core



If the comet should explode in space at an altitude of 85.8 km above the ground and the apex angle of the cone of destruction should be 120º, then the radius of destruction on the ground would be 149 km.  If ground zero should be centered on Hit, Iraq, as I estimated in my article Possible comet impact in Iraq on June 10, 2002, then Baghdad would be on the edge of that destruction circle since it is 145 km away from Hit.  Since 85.8 km would be the minimum altitude, then 149 km would be the minimum radius of destruction.

Now that I have alluded to Hit, Iraq as possibly being the target, I can say that George Lucas’s clue “THX-1138” means, in my opinion, Time Hit eXplodes = 11:38 PM UT, and you can understand what I mean.

There is one other co-incidence that attracts me to “1138” as being a clue for the time of the explosion.  Universal Time is basically atomic clock time, which is independent of the motion of the Earth, but it is adjusted occasionally by adding a leap second to keep it in step with Earth’s rotation, which is very gradually slowing down.  There is another way to measure time that is now called Terrestrial Time (previously known as Ephemeris Time) that is a continuous time scale with no leap-second discontinuities.  The National Bureau of Standards used Ephemeris Time (ET then, TT now) until 1960 when Universal Time (UT) was invented to make use of the stability of atomic clocks.  The difference between Universal Time and Terrestrial Time is called DT, and it is about one minute at the present time.  That is to say that 11:38 UT = 11:39 TT.  The point of all of this is that my boyhood street address house number from 1941 to 1960 when I moved out of my parent’s home after graduating from college was 1139.  So, is that a co-incidence?  You decide.

I recommend that you exercise your own power of discernment regarding this prediction of mine.  You should know that over the last three years I have made 30 predictions that failed to come true.

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