Remember all that talk about a year ago (around the time of the release of the John Cusack helmed steaming pile, 2012) about how the Mayan Calendar be believed to be predicting a massive global scourging event thought to be capable of ending life as we all know it???
Well, it turns out that the Mayans might have been right...
Astronomers are predicting that a massive solar storm, much bigger in potential than the one that caused spectacular light shows on Earth earlier this month, is to strike our planet in 2012 with a force of 100 million hydrogen bombs.
Several US media outlets have reported that NASA was warning the massive flare this month was just a precursor to a massive solar storm building that had the potential to wipe out the entire planet's power grid.
Similar storms back in 1859 and 1921 caused worldwide chaos, wiping out telegraph wires on a massive scale. The 2012 storm has the potential to be even more disruptive.
"The general consensus among general astronomers (and certainly solar astronomers) is that this coming Solar maximum (2012 but possibly later into 2013) will be the most violent in 100 years," News.com.au quoted astronomy lecturer and columnist Dave Reneke as saying.
"A bold statement and one taken seriously by those it will affect most, namely airline companies, communications companies and anyone working with modern GPS systems.
"They can even trip circuit breakers and knock out orbiting satellites, as has already been done this year," added Reneke.
No one really knows what effect the 2012-2013 Solar Max will have on today's digital-reliant society.
Dr Richard Fisher, director of NASA's Heliophysics division, told Reneke the super storm would hit like "a bolt of lightning", causing catastrophic consequences for the world's health, emergency services and national security unless precautions are taken.
NASA said that a recent report by the National Academy of Sciences found that if a similar storm occurred today, it could cause "1 to 2 trillion dollars in damages to society's high-tech infrastructure and require four to 10 years for complete recovery".
The reason for the concern comes as the sun enters a phase known as Solar Cycle 24.
Most experts agree, although those who put the date of Solar Max in 2012 are getting the most press.
They claim satellites will be aged by 50 years, rendering GPS even more useless than ever, and the blast will have the equivalent energy of 100 million hydrogen bombs.
"We know it is coming but we don't know how bad it is going to be," Fisher told Reneke.
"Systems will just not work. The flares change the magnetic field on the Earth and it's rapid, just like a lightning bolt. That's the solar effect," he added.
Big Bang Baby
I don't know about you guys, but I think I just shit myself...
It’s like we are living in the first fifteen to twenty minutes of a Roland Emerich film...
A unanimous belief by scientist and astronomers that the sun is going to fart out gamma rays powerful enough to knock our planet back to the Stone Age and nary a whisper of any efforts being made by those in charge to make sure that we, as a planet, have the infrastructure to prevent that Doomsday prophecy from occurring.
On a positive note, I am a pickup truck with a throne in its bed away from fulfilling my destiny of becoming the Lord Humungus (as I already own the leather hot pants and hockey mask) of this post Apocalyptic nightmare come to life.Just walk away and there will be an end to the horror.