Yeah, this is how I perceive the end of the world will be like.
OK, OK, we’ve all heard the clap-trap about the end of the world being tomorrow, well, don’t worry, it is, in fact, clap-trap. Still, even if you knew that already, there are others who think that the world will end soon due to the presence of a rogue planet that is out there, a “brown dwarf“.
Let me be clear up front about something. No doubt there will be people who may want to claim these rogue planets might explain Nibiru or Planet X or the Mayan apocalypse. These people are wrong (again, and as usual). As you’ll see, the math absolutely does not support such a claim at all. So if you hear someone talking doomsday, send ‘em here.
And I might as well address the TL;DR crowd: the conclusions I draw here are that a) on average, a rogue planet may be closer than I would’ve initially guessed, but 2) not nearly close enough to be a concern in any way
Interestingly enough, these aren’t the first folks to predict the end of the world. In some sense, it is something of a popular hobby among the lunatic fringe.
Now I’m not saying that the world isn’t going to end, I’m just saying that most of the folk saying it will happen on “such-and-such” a date, need a tighter grip on their horses.
No, no, we’re not saying that, we’re not even implying that, and yet, we’re not the only ones talking…
What are we talking about? Well, we’ve just learned that there are now Six Planets Now Aligned in the Dawn Sky. Yep, that’s right and if that’s not a sign of the on-coming Apocalypse we don’t know what is.
For the last two months, almost all the planets have been hiding behind the sun, but this week they all emerge and are arrayed in a grand line above the rising sun. Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Jupiter are visible, and you can add Uranus and Neptune to your count if you have binoculars or a small telescope.
This sky map shows what the six planets should look like at dawn to observers who have both clear weather as well as an unobstructed view.
As most of us already know, throughout the ages, astrologers have always shown a fascination by planetary alignments. Most recently Mayan-citing doomsayers have been prophesying a mystical alignment on Dec. 21, 2012, while some
crackpot Biblical schollars are calling for Judgment Day on May 21, 2011, with the actual The End of the World on October 21, 2011.
Which date is correct (especially when astronomers show that no such alignment will actually happen on any of those dates). Still, none of this stops the crazies, who will cling to any theory that supports their world view, even if there is a metric ton of facts disproving it.
Given all of this, virtually any end of the world scenario is every bit as valid as any other. Hence either of the following images could be equally true:
Personally we suspect something like this is closer to the actual end of all existence…
I know, it scares the crap out of me too!
So, way too many years ago (more than I care to actually count), I read a pair of sci-fi themed books about the end of the world (to be sure, I’ve read dozens of these books, and seen hundreds of these types of movies, but these two stand out especially in regards to this post). The books were The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton, and The Quality of Mercy, by Daniel Keys.
I cite both these novels because they both deal with biological threats to the Earth, both of which are man-made and government subsidized. Why does this come to mind as we enter into the run-up year to the Mayan Apocalypse? Well, because ofstories like this.
You see, there have been all these reports about birds dropping from the sky all over the country all week. First in Arkansas, then they appeared in Louisiana. Next up there’s a threepeat in Texas (watch out, Walt!) and now in Kentucky.