What will happen in 2012? Astronomers reveal the truth
Will the World Really End December 21, 2012? Pre-Columbian Maya civilization astronomy calendar completes a thirteen “great cycle” (periods of 144,000 days each) since the mythical creation date of the calendar’s current era. Is Earth and mindkind in danger? What is opinion of professional astronomers about myths what can happen in doomsday?
1 Myth: Nibiru planet. Sumerian documents tell us about a planet Nibiru orbiting the Sun every 3,600 years. Sumerian fables include stories of astronauts visiting Earth from an alien civilization called the Anunnaki.
Astronomers: If Nibiru were real, thousands of astronomers around the globe would be tracking it right now.
2 Myth: Alignment with the Galactic Center. This alignment occurs only once every 25,800 years.
Astronomers: It actually happens every December with no consequence.
3 Myth: Solar maximum of Solar cycle. The magnetic poles of the Sun are going to flip in the next few years. The next solar maximum will bring the largest solar storm in history.
Astronomers: This natural process occurs every 11 year. Solar flares can cause some interruption of satellite communications and … that’s all.
4 Myth: Earth’s magnetic poles will shift and all life will be destroyed.
Astronomers: The Earth’s magnetic cycle is 400,000 years on average. The shift can happen tomorrow or in ten thousand years. There were more than 12 000 shifts in Earth’s lifetime, but the planet still rotates.
5 Myth: Collision with an asteroid or a comet will destroy Earth.
Astronomers: We are tracking all large asteroids and periodical comets in Solar system. None will collide with Earth in 2012. If the local impact occurs, this won’t kill all human beings. But some comets travel from the edge of Solar system and can’t be predicted in advance. It’s true we live at tiny (but very tiny) risk every day.
6 Myth: Supernova will explode and radiation increase.
Astronomers: We find a lot of supernovas in other galaxies each year. But there are no old super-massive stars -candidates to become a supernova – in the neighbourhood of the Sun.
7 Myth: Alignment of the planets. A coming planetary alignment in 2012 will start a chain reaction that will cause strange weather and events on the Earth.
Astronomers: Actually, …there is not going to be any major alignments of planets in our solar system in the next several decades!
8 Myth: The Earth will be destroyed by the black hole.
Astronomers: Black hole is not a cosmic killer. If our Sun was suddenly replaced with a black hole of the same mass, Earth’s orbit around the Sun would be unchanged. In fact he closest black holes yet discovered are several thousand light-years away.
9 Myth: Rise of the machines. Terminators will kill us all.
Astronomers: Mmmm…., actually we don’t know!
P.S. Who are the beneficiaries of these myths?
Answer: Worldwide theatrical revenue of movie “2012″ reached $800 million…
P.P.S. Does the Mayan calendar really tell about the end of the world???