Doomsday 12/21/2012: What might happen

By Jim Donahue

Yesterday, we discussed the ending of the Mayan calendar and the similarities between it and the calendars of other Ancient Societies. We also delved into what these Ancient Cultures predicted would happen, although not at great length, as most of their predictions are vague at best, and we would like some much more plausible answers.

So here are some of the more scientific projections.

Solar flares. Solar flares happen all the time and have been happening since the beginning of time. But what is a solar flare? A solar flare is a sudden brightening observed over the surface of the Sun, or the solar limb, which is interpreted as a large energy release of up to 6 × 1025 joules of energy. Solar flares are not visible from Earth. They are mainly followed by an enormous CME, which is also known as a coronal mass ejection. Solar flares, and the corresponding CME’s produce about one sixth (1/6) of the total energy output of the Sun each second, equivalent to 160,000,000,000 megatons of TNT, which is roughly 25,000 times more energy than released from the impact of Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 with Jupiter. The flare ejects clouds of electrons, ions and atoms through the corona of the sun into space. These clouds typically reach Earth a day or two after the event. This sends an extreme amount of radiation hurtling toward the earth.

Massive solar flares are sometimes associated with CMEs which can trigger geomagnetic storms that have been known to knock out electric power for extended periods of time. According to Matthew Stein, many hundred thousands of miles of high voltage lines would act like an antenna drawing the electro-magnetic pulse from a solar flare toward thousands of transformers on the world’s power grids. Many transformers could burn out and be difficult to replace.

In any event, the potential for our Planet to be stripped of its power grid is possible. Not to mention that all things electrical would instantly stop working. That means transportation would come to a grinding halt. Planes, trains, and automobiles would be affected, among other things. And that means planes will drop from the sky. This would also happen if a nuclear bomb were to be detonated in our atmosphere. And let’s not even think about what all that radiation does to the human body.

When normally occurring solar flares happen, our atmosphere protects us from the potential effects of the radiation. The earth’s ozone layer acts like a shield to block this harmful radiation from reaching us. These x-ray and UV rays go around us like water going around a small island in the middle of a river.

This atmosphere is created by gravity, which is created by the earth rotating on its axis. This axis is an imaginary “pole,” running between the North and South poles that our planet spins on. This spinning creates the magnetism of the earth, and in turn, gravity, which we need desperately, and cannot afford to lose.

This is why scientists are so concerned about Global warming, as the holes in the ozone layer are over the North and South poles. As these holes expand, more radiation from these flares gets inside the ozone layer, accelerating the melting of the ice caps. This could lead to our next problem.

The North and South poles shifting.

More on that tomorrow.