Some people are spreading fearful projections that since the sun will be experiencing a solar maximum soon, IF there is a huge solar flares, as there were in 1859, the result could be the paralysis of our world. There are YouTube movies of predictions made a couple of years ago saying that on December 21, 2012, this projected solar maximum could cause the end of the world as we know it. In 1859, a solar flare caused telegram wires to melt. And, another solar flare of similar intensity could cause much greater havoc in the modern-day world in which we need electricity for just about everything.
However, I was in the Great Northwest Blackout of 1965 and lived through it. In 1965, I was quite young–a small-town girl in the big city. At the time, I was in downtown Toronto about to take a night class at Ryerson. I was walking down the college’s halls when the lights went out. There were a couple of young men at their lockers. I’ll always remember the sound of my heels on the hard-polished floor of the college hallway as soon as it became black. The only lights we could see were the headlights of a cars turning out of the parking lot outside.
I’ll also always remember that the first thing one of the young men said as soon as the lights went out was, “Are you OK?” He was thinking of me. It meant so much to me to know that a young man’s first thought would be the safety of someone else.
On the other hand, the scariest part of the 1965 blackout was people smashing the big plate-glass windows of downtown stores for looting. I wandered out of the college onto Yonge St., downtown Toronto’s main street. Outside, it was crazy. In the dark, I saw a man furtively running out of a discount clothing store clutching four sweaters to his chest. One man almost smashed into me. Fortunately, a policeman had been watching. He caught my eye, his gaze gleaming in the beam of the headlights on Yonge Street. I could see his concern for me, a young woman unaccustomed to the mania of crazy people under stress. I backed away just in time to miss being hit by the crazy thief.
I decided to get on a Dundas Street streetcar and stay put out of the way of flying glass shards and darting thieves. The streetcars had supplemental power of some sort so they had some light on the inside, but they weren’t moving. I remember thinking how strange it was that a person’s first thought as soon as the electricity went out was to steal something. And, to steal four sweaters. Really? He had to steal four sweaters? They couldn’t have been very expensive.
So, in one night, I experienced the best and the worst of human nature.
In any case, we are less than two weeks away from that fateful date, December 21, 2012, and I am not seeing news items about increased solar flares. In fact, the date for the solar maximum has been revised to be sometime in 2013.
If you’ve seen some of these scary movies with a scientist or scientists talking about increased solar activity causing the end of the world as we know it on December 21, 2012, in my humble opinion, it’s time to take a breath and relax. It doesn’t appear to be happening.
NASA conducted a survey to determine which asteroids are potentially hazardous to earth. NASA scientists discovered that, in comparison with near-earth asteroids, the potentially hazardous asteroids are brighter and therefore more likely composed of hard rock, such as granite, or metal.
The potentially hazardous asteroids pass closer to earth than near-earth asteroids and are considered large enough to survive passage through the earth’s atmosphere. That’s why they’re labelled potentially hazardous.
Asteroids with lower-inclination orbits would be more likely to encounter Earth and would be easier to reach. The results therefore suggest more near-Earth objects might be available for future robotic or human missions.
None of the potentially hazardous asteroids are slated to hit earth on December 21, 2012, as far as I can tell. It appears that the end of the world on December 21, 2012 will not occur because of an asteroid impact with earth. However, near-earth asteroid 2007 PA8 did pass within 17 times the distance between the earth and moon in November (last month).
A Discovery News online article published on October 21st explores the public’s fascination with the End of the World 2012 prophecies. Ian O’Neill, author of the article, wonders why people are so enthralled with the Mayan prophecies. Many are noting that October 21st was only two months away from the fateful day. He especially wonders why the doom-sayers are promoting the 2012 prophecy so heavily when archaeologists are not finding references to the end of the world in the Mayan texts. He speculates:
Why do these strange individuals want us to believe in this nonsense? Some have a book to sell, while others have a horribly-edited YouTube video they want to share. Others are just plain odd. But regardless of the intent, the result is confusion and fear. Sadly, it is often people who would have otherwise gotten on with their lives peacefully who have swallowed the doomsday nonsense and become needlessly worried about the end of the world.
Some people believe the ancient Maya descended from an extraterrestrial race that came from the Pleiades star cluster. I suppose that might explain, for them, why the ancient Maya were so proficient as astronomers. It’s an interesting theory. In any case, this NASA photo of the Pleiades is gorgeous.
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Do you see that cluster of seven bluish stars in the upper right? They are the Pleiades, also called the “Seven Sisters.” The Pleiades were known by many ancient civilizations. They look blue, because they are hot blue stars. They look luminous because they are passing through a dust cloud.
The Pleiades are in the constellation Taurus. I identify Taurus by that group of stars that looks like a “V” just above the words, “It is,” in the quote. In my mind, that “V” looks like the face of the bull.
Do you see that in the place where the bull’s eye would be on the left there are two stars together? Those are the double stars of Theta Tauri, visible to the naked eye. Some people think a better star for the bull’s eye would be Aldebaran, the orange-hued star above the double stars. I like how Aldebaran sounds.
I took this photograph in 2010 during the “Winter Star Party” in the Florida Keys, where I interviewed amateur astronomers for the End of the World 2012 Movie, Book, and EBook. At that time, I also photographed the galactic center that appears in the movie, book, and ebook.
I chose this hope inspirational quote, because we need to hold onto hope right now, especially with the amount of fear some people are feeling, because of sensational, inaccurate reports and videos about the 2012 Mayan prophecy.Continue reading
Today I watched a number of online videos about the End of the World 2012. They tend to be emotionally gripping. Scary.
Because of the sophistication of their special effects, they appear to be factual. I wonder if these online movie-makers obtain some of their images from NASA.
I used to work at NASA under contract as a photojournalist. The photographic images I took for NASA could NOT be copyrighted. Here’s an excerpt from the NASA website describing use of “Still Images, Audio Recordings, Video, and Related Computer Files:”
NASA still images; audio files; video; and computer files used in the rendition of 3-dimensional models, such as texture maps and polygon data in any format, generally are not copyrighted. You may use NASA imagery, video, audio, and data files used for the rendition of 3-dimensional models for educational or informational purposes, including photo collections, textbooks, public exhibits, computer graphical simulations and Internet Web pages. This general permission extends to personal Web pages.
The online NASA article goes on to say that NASA needs to be acknowledged as the source of the image or video, except in the case of advertising. In commercial or advertising uses, the article says that use of these images or videos “must not explicitly or implicitly convey NASA’s endorsement of commercial goods or services.”
I don’t know where these scary End of the World 2012 videos are getting their special effects videos, but they could come from the vast store of public domain images from NASA.
For example, I saw End of the World 2012 videos about solar flares as if it was absolutely certain that during the solar maximum of 2012 (now extended to 2013), all electrical activity, including the infrastructure of the modern world–our water pumps, our lights, our gas pumps to fuel our cars–everything–would be rendered destroyed by this imminent solar flare.
To back up this assertion, the video used fantastic images of solar flares, similar to the image in this blog post of the “X-ray Sun.” This image was taken during a solar maximum of the sun’s 11 year sunspot cycle. These 11-year cycles have been going on forever but were first discovered in 1905.
The reality is that this image was taken in 1991. We have survived for 21 years after this solar event. When images like these are used to frighten people for an emotional effect in a video, the fictional narration can make it sound as if the video is happening right now. But who knows when the actual image was taken.
Yes, the sun definitely looks very scary in the photo. But, the sun is scary. It is a raging gigantic hydrogen fire as are many stars. This is what the sun looks like as observed at the Yohkoh solar observatory through very specialized scientific instruments.
My suggestion is to remember that these scary videos with scary images may be using images that were originally made to explain natural phenomenon.Continue reading
The IPSOS survey commissioned by Reuters News says that 20% of people in China, 13% in Russia, and 9% in Canada agree strongly or somewhat with the statement that “the Mayan calendar, which some say ‘ends’ in 2012, marks the end of the world.” The results were released in May 2012.
When I first saw these statistics, I was still working on editing my End of the World 2012 Movie. The results of the survey spurred me on to continue with the movie and also write an ebook and book on the topic.
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One of my main motivating reasons for making the End of the World 2012 Movie, Book, and EBook is my concern that many people truly believe that the Mayan prophecies say the world is going to end on December 21, 2012. I set out to find out the truth about the Mayan Calendar and the 2012 prophecy.
NASA is also concerned. According to NASA senior scientist David Morrison, he says that:
he gets messages from young people as often as once a week, some of them saying they’re so scared they’ve contemplated suicide.
Please check out the excellent video at the above link which is on Yahoo! News Canada in which Morrison debunks the “fantasy” books on Planet X Nibiru with scientific fact.
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Last weekend, Amazon featured my End of the World 2012 EBook for a free promotion. I appreciate everyone who downloaded that Kindle book during the promotion period. As a result, the book became a #1 Best Seller in the Mexican travel category for Kindle ebooks.
This matters a lot to me, because the higher the ranking on Amazon, the more likely people will find the book on the first page when they do a keyword search.
I want people who are confused or curious about 2012 and especially those who are afraid that the end of the world is imminent to find the book. It is a good antidote to the many sensational books that are fueling the fear that the world may be ending this month.
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A Discovery News article says that since nothing sells like fear, the supposed end of the Mayan calendar on December 21, 2012–only 17 days away–has been blown out of proportion and misinterpreted mainly for profit.
It turns out that the Maya in Guatemala feel unhappy with their government for promoting a massive Doomsday Event, and tour groups are having a field day with “End of the World 2012” tours.
But this time, the anger isn’t directed at the West’s “messianic thinking,” Maya leaders have accused the Guatemalan government of perpetuating the myth that the Mayan Long Count calendar predicts the end of the world for financial gain.
“We are speaking out against deceit, lies and twisting of the truth, and turning us into folklore-for-profit. They are not telling the truth about time cycles,” Felipe Gomez, leader of the Maya alliance Oxlaljuj Ajpop, told the AFP news agency.
I find it refreshing to see that the actual Maya are speaking out against the perpetuation of the misinterpretation of their ancient Mayan prophecies.
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