December 21, 2012 – Are We Safe?
Uh Oh! December 21, 2012 Is Approaching, Are We Safe?
We are almost a month away from December 21, 2012, and it seems as though everything is still going smoothly… so far.
Conspiracy theorists suggests that December 21, 2012 will be the end of the world, because apparently the Mayans were an all knowing and all powerful people, and had an understanding of the universe that we just quite haven’t grasped. Although this mindset makes for a descent movie script, it still lacks scientific backing, and a realistic point of view.
Rest easy friends, and know that although the Mayan calendar may have stopped short of itself in 2012, it doesn’t mean they actually anticipated the world ending.
Some theorists suggest that the planets will align, creating a gravitational pull on our Earth, causing chaos with the tidal forces and tectonic plates, turning them into a devastating feature of our own home planet. Despite the creativity of this argument, NASA and plenty of planetary scientists have already debunked the myth.
According to NASA, not only are there no planetary alignments on schedule for the next few decades, even if this were to occur, their effects on Earth would be “negligible.” In other words, your are not going to die by way of a Tsunami. You can cancel the scuba classes.
Let’s move on to another popular theory that has kind of been wrapped up into a few different twists. Will our planet collide with another planet called Nibiru or Planet X or Eris? By the tone of this blog, I would assume you already know the answer, but alas, I will give you the generosity of letting science be your guide.
NASA says there are no factual basis of these claims that Earth will be colliding with a planet or brown dwarf. The space agency goes on to say that if Nibiru or Planet X were real, and either were headed towards Earth in 2012, astronomers would have been tracking it for at least the past decade. Another way of saying that is if these cosmic bodies were headed towards our backyard, then now that we are about a month away you would be able to look up at the sky and see them clearly… but you can’t
The U.S. space agency went on to say that Eris is real, but it is a dwarf planet that will come within about 4 billion miles to Earth at its closest. In case you really aren’t all that good at numbers and stuff, the equatorial circumference of the Earth is about 24,901 miles. This means it would take about 160,000,000 of Earth’s circumference to reach Eris closest point of orbit around us. Also consider that Mars is over 300 million miles away, and it took NASA about nine months to travel to Mars at 22,500 mph.
Moving on, is a meteor going to strike Earth and create an Armageddon like that seen in famous movies such as 2012? Well, again, according to science, no. Absolutely freaking not, and for the same reasons as why a planet is not going to collide into us. At this point, NASA would have already seen the meteor, and Bruce Willis would already be in a spacecraft drilling the heck out of that thing to drop a nuclear bomb down its gullet. Interestingly enough, paintballs would actually work as well, i.e. this article I wrote for redOrbit a few weeks ago.
Finally, NASA’s best remark regarding the end of the world is better left said by itself, and not me:
“For any claims of disaster or dramatic changes in 2012, where is the science? Where is the evidence? There is none, and for all the fictional assertions, whether they are made in books, movies, documentaries or over the Internet, we cannot change that simple fact. There is no credible evidence for any of the assertions made in support of unusual events taking place in December 2012.”
With that said, you may be wondering “well where did all this cockamamie bull crap begin anyways?” Simply put, a bunch of nitwits. The Mayan people helped to create the calendar that we use today, and for their time period, they were a very wise people. Much wiser than those who believe that the world is going to end. The bottom line is that the calendar doesn’t end, it simply starts over on a new calendar. Sorry to burst your bubble, but at least December 22, 2012 you’ll still be able to eat pop tarts and watch the Price is Right while playing Words with Friends on your iPhone 5. Go Earth go.
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