Earthquakes Solar Eclipse Solar Flares Apocalypse Coming Soon
By Dock Walls
May 17, 2012
Doomsday theorists insist that the world will end on December 21, 2012. That prophesy stems from findings that the ancient Mayan calendar ends on that date. Non believers, who don’t dispute a literal end to the calendar, argue that this cessation simply signals a transition from one World Age to another.
The most prominent doomsday scenario suggests that on December 21, 2012, at the dawn of the Winter Solstice, the sun will be perfectly aligned between the Earth and the gigantic, rapidly rotating black hole located at the center of our galaxy. Reportedly, our solar system will pass through this black hole, resulting in a reversal of the Earth’s gravitational pull. As the story goes, this dreadful occurrence will trigger a series of cataclysmic earthly events, including earthquakes, tidal waves, floods, devastating earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and more.
Throughout history, man has looked to the skies for information. Astronomers, Astrologists and Seafarers have processed that information and given it practical application on Earth. The stars have guided our ships, our activities and our lives. A series of current stellar events have fueled the doomsday discussion.
One such event is the annular eclipse which took place on Sunday, May 20, 2012. It began at 5:24 PM, and hit its maximum at 6:38 PM. The eclipse ended at 7:42 PM. The moon covered up the sun with the exception of the outer fringe. The ring of fire that remained visible is called the “annulus,” the Latin word for ring.
Solar eclipses are rare and unsual. Most people find them to be fascinating and even mysterious. Among the other stellar items adding to doomsday speculation is the active sunspot region 1476, which is being closely monitored by NASA Scientists. Easily visible on the solar surface, 93 million miles (149 million km) away, this 100,000 kilometer, Earth-sized sunspot region is the most active since 2003.
Sunspots are points where powerful magnetic fields arise through the sun’s surface and emit solar flares. Although scientists are still struggling to determine why these magnetic fields become unstable and explode, it is clear that the energy released in the form of solar flares is equivalent to 10 billion hydrogen bombs.
Although the energetic particles from solar flares threaten astronauts and damage sensitive electronic equipment in space, those of us on Earth are protected by our atmosphere and magnetic fields. Still, solar flares have interfered with electronic signals, radio waves, GPS and other advanced technology tools.
More troubling are the geomagnetic storms due to coronal mass ejections (CMEs), huge bursts of charged particles and magnetic fields that explode off the surface of the sun. NASA recently reported that CMEs have increased in strength and are now rated a G3 on a scale from G1 to G5T. This enhanced solar activity has caused rapid changes to the shape of Earth’s magnetosphere – the bubble of protective magnetic fields surrounding the Earth – resulting in a geomagnetic storm. These mammoth sunspots are becoming troublesome, sending CMEs which, unlike regular solar flares, may be dangerous to earthly inhabitants in coming days. Some speculate enlarged holes in our protective magnetic fields coupled with a change in the direction of these solar storms might cause the Earth-ending disasters people fear.
The Earth is a highly unpredictable living, breathing organism. Arguably, this sphere has existed, in one form or another, for approximately 4 billion years. No one knows how, when or why it will cease to exist. However, one thing is certain: We are one day closer to the end of the world than we were yesterday.