The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, more commonly referred to as NASA, has recently indicated that no one had anything to fear with the coming of the winter solstice on 12/21/2012, which also just so happened to be the end of the Mayan Long Count calendar.
People the world over were afraid of what might happen with regards to the world ending, or the planetary alignment having some effect on our gravity, solar flares, earthquakes and floods of biblical proportions etc. etc.
And I have to admit, more than a few times in the last six months or so, my mind has wandered, thinking of what may or may not happen to our planet on this day of the winter solstice, as well as what may be in store for our planet in the days and weeks and months and years after this date.
One of the biggest fears in regards to December 21, 2012 has been the idea that the planet Nibiru, or some other object floating around in space would crash into our planet, and destroy life as we know it here on Mother Earth.
As of this morning, nothing from outside our atmosphere has collided with the Earth, so let’s explore these objects orbiting in our solar system that have the potential to come very close to us, and even collide with us at some point in the future.
These objects are termed Near Earth Objects (NEO), and include a variety of different objects that orbit in our Universe. You may or may not have heard of some of these objects, so I will try and explain all of them.
The definition of a Near Earth Object (NEO), is any object in our galaxy whose orbit will bring it into close proximity with the earth. Some of these objects include Asteroids, Comets, and Meteorites, as well as satellites, operational or not, and numerous forms of space junk that pollute the lower Earth’s orbital band of man-made objects assembled above our planet.
Much has been made of recent discoveries of previously unknown bodies that could be termed Near Earth Objects, and the fact that they weren’t discovered early enough to prevent a potential collision with our planet. Once one of these floating space bodies is discovered, the orbital patterns of this object then have to be tracked and a projected orbit for future reference must be obtained. This is extremely hard to do with regards to a newly discovered object, as the prior orbital rotation in our galaxy is generally not known, and can only be determined by following the future orbital pattern of the object.
More than a few of these bodies have been discovered just in the nick of time, and this fact has been weighing heavily on scientific minds. Theoretical Astrophysicist Michio Kaku has indicated that on numerous occasions, orbital patterns of Near Earth Objects have been miscalculated, sometimes by a factor of up to 20 times.
The point here is that we need to keep better track of these potentially life-threatening objects, and NASA has assembled what they call the Near Earth Object Program, in association with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
This program will help all interested persons obtain an overview of these Near Earth Objects, and lends some understanding to this issue.
In the meantime, there are other things that we need to discuss with regards to this New Age of Man, that begins tomorrow, December 22, 2012. Besides surveying the skies for Near Earth Objects, our planet has been changing for quite a few years now, and global warming issues seem to be the order of the day now that the world has not ended because the Mayan Long Count calendar has completed its era.
Regardless of the reasons why, global warming is happening as evidenced by the recent ice melts in Greenland, Antarctica, and at the Arctic North Pole. At some point all of that extra cold water assembling itself in the northern portions of the Atlantic Ocean, will at some point effect the Thermohaline circulation pattern in the Atlantic Ocean, more commonly referred to as the Great Ocean Conveyor.
The last time this Thermohaline circulation pattern was interrupted, it led to an extreme cooling of temperatures on the planet earth, and created what scientists now call the Little Ice Age. This Little Ice Age occurred between the years 1550 and 1850 AD, and was preceded by the Medieval Warm Period, which is said to have occurred between the years 950 and 1250 AD.
We have been experiencing drastically increased temperatures on our planet for some time now, and global warming theorists indicate that at some point, if we don’t change these happenings a Little Ice Age will occur.
This will be extremely detrimental to Europe, as Europe is on the same longitude line as Canada, however the northern Atlantic Thermohaline circulation conveyor allows the European continent to enjoy temperatures more in line with the northern United States.
If this Global Ocean Conveyor is interrupted, temperatures across Europe will drop exponentially, and a new Little Ice Age will begin.
This does not bode well for the countries that will be affected by this Little Ice Age, and it must be prevented at all costs.
Article by Jim Donahue