By Tuan Nguyen
Posting in Government
NASA takes an in-depth look at the plausibility of several popular doomsday scenarios.
You may of heard of this one. There's a rumor going around that the world is slated to go kaput pretty soon, as in sometime later this year. In fact, several people claim to have even confirmed the exact date and time with the ancient Mayan calendar, which apparently shows our fates being sealed on December 21st, 2012.
Let's for a moment entertain the possibility that this may very well be the case. Will the planet go down like a dancing inferno or spend it's last night rendezvous-ing with a death star? In the meantime, is there a wormhole I can crawl into. And since we're on the topic, what's the science behind it?
Well, apparently, this whole end-times business seems serious enough that the kind folks at NASA decided to thoroughly investigate several of the most popular theories being floated around. The result was an astronomy presentation that cleverly debunks many of the purported doomsday scenarios.
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In the video, NASA scientist Don Yeomans isn't merely the voice of reason, he downright epitomizes it. With his professorial eyeglasses, neatly cropped hair and relaxed navy blue shirt the agency's deep impact expert doesn't appear the least bit frazzled as he calmly explains why we needn't worry even a smidge about giant killer planets named Niburo coming to destroy Earth (Yeomans: we probably would have seen it seen it knock over a few other celestial bodies on the way over here).
But what about when the magnetic field shifts and the ensuing mayhem it may cause? "Even if it (magnetic field) did shift, it's not going to cause a problem on the earth apart from the fact that we're going have to re-calibrate our compasses," Yeomans reassures us.
The presentation is worth a watch if you're into apocalyptic scenarios. Or even if you're not, it's still a really entertaining astronomy lesson.
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So all these worries about the end of the world is just that of a another rumor?, But what of tho's who think the end is nearing, A lot of people think that were all gonna die and are taken this very seriously.
Why is the US Gov. building an underground cities at Denver airport? They are saying that the earth has too much people, and many may have to die.They are building these places underground for very rich people, and the rest of the tom,dick and harrys can f**k themselves.
The Mayan calendar did not predict the end of the world. The Mayans also did not predict that centuries later people would use their calendar to sell thousands of books predicting the end of the world. The Mayans also believed that the sun is a god and the Milky Way is the gateway to life and death, the therfore concluded that this intersection (the solstice occurs at the same moment of the conjunction of the Galactic Equator with the Milky Way) in the past (August 11, 3114 B.C) must have been the moment of creation. Mayan hieroglyphs seem to indicate that they believed the next intersection (in 2012) would be some sort of end and a new beginning of a cycle. However, the solstice occuring at the same moment of the conjunction of the Galactic Equator with the Milky Way happened already... in 1998, so the world ended then, I guess. Since the Sun is half a degree wide, its solstice position takes 36 years to precess its full width. Given this determined location for the line of the galactic equator, its most precise convergence with the center of the Sun already occurred in 1998, and so asserts that, rather than 2012, the galactic alignment instead focuses on a multi-year period centered on 1998.
The Myans calendar seems to have outlived their culture. Humm, does that mean they could not predict their own demise but can predict the end of the world. They must have been smarter than their own minds could comprehend. The only thing that bothers me is the planetary allignment and the forces on our little moon satelite. Will the additional forces increase the 1/4 inch per year departure from Earth to cause any effect. I for one have a different view of physical laws which lean towards energy being attracted to energy and the universe is all energy of different forms. i.e. light through water bends due to energy cause and effect which also eliminates a notion I can't swallow of dark matter and dark energy to explain lensing. Guesser
I love his chuckle at thousands of scientists keeping the same secret...that *THAT* conspiracy theorists!
Conspiracy theory number 473214: What if he is horribly wrong? Maybe he is just saying this so as not to cause panic, could he have been forced by them to say it???.. Must go now to do my monthly generator test at the secret bunker, I can then come out ready to fight the zombies and other mutants. Oh by the way that is YOU readers, they have to come from somewhere???.(grin) http://www.ssrichardmontgomery.com/download/bunk1.jpg http://www.ssrichardmontgomery.com/download/bunk2.jpg
The Mayan calendar has a long cycle that is coming to an end, pretty much the same way as our yearly calendars come to an end and a new year begins. The Mayan long cycle ends the old cycle and a new cycle begins. In times of uncertainty, it is sometimes a relief to believe that a disaster will come and make everyone equal in trying to survive and adapt to new conditions. It is also a problem in that some predictions become true because people work to make them true; this is the story behind the movie "The Twelve Monkies".
What I'd like to know is whether the 21st December takes into account the various calendar fudges that have been made in the last 2000 years. I'm sure various days have been added/removed as part of the changing from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar and messing around with leap days/years and so on. This wiki seems to better sum it up: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gregorian_calendar