Earth, 2012 & Planetary Changes
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Author Whitley Strieber talked about 2012, possible reasons why the Mayans predicted the end of the world in this year, and changes to Earth and the solar system. The sun's atmosphere has contracted dramatically, causing more cosmic rays to come into the solar system, and at the same time Earth's magnetic field is getting weaker, he detailed, adding that cosmic rays can be associated with evolutionary changes. A cooling process is taking place in the Pacific Ocean, and he suggested that Earth's climate is going to get cooler before it gets warmer.Strieber discussed the theory that a mega-comet passed Earth around 12,000 years ago causing cataclysmic changes, and how we cross through this comet's remains every 2,000 to 4,000 years, which brings about further disruptions. The Mayans may have been issuing a warning about this cycle through their calendar, he noted.Our solar system appears to have a higher rate of asteroids lately, with Earth having several near misses, and we need to be more vigilant about watching for these objects, he said. Another interesting theory he shared, based on an infrared study of the galactic neighborhood, is that our solar system is actually part of the Sagittarius Dwarf Galaxy. This galaxy is in the process of colliding or entering the Milky Way, which may be throwing the solar system into chaos. For more, see Whitley's recent journal entry.In the latter part of the show, Whitley was joined by author/editor Bob Gleason, an expert on 2012. The Maya had divine revelations and mystic visions which gave them incredible insights, possibly including knowledge of cataclysmic cycles, said Gleason.Biography:Whitley Strieber is the author of over twenty bestselling books, including Communion and Superstorm written with Art Bell. His novels the Grays and 2012: the War for Souls are both being made into films and the Grays is expected to go into production this year. His nonfiction TV series Alien Intent will begin appearing on A&E later this year. Whitley's latest novel, 'Critical Mass', is a thriller about nuclear terrorism. The 2012 phenomenon comprises a range of eschatological beliefs according to which cataclysmic or transformative events will occur on 21 December 2012. This date is regarded as the end-date of a 5,125-year-long cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar. Various astronomical alignments and numerological formulae have been proposed as pertaining to this date, though none have been accepted by mainstream scholarship.A New Age interpretation of this transition is that this date marks the start of time in which Earth and its inhabitants may undergo a positive physical or spiritual transformation, and that 2012 may mark the beginning of a new era. Others suggest that the 2012 date marks the end of the world or a similar catastrophe. Scenarios suggested for the end of the world include the arrival of the next solar maximum, or Earth's collision with an object such as a black hole, a passing asteroid, or a planet called "Nibiru".Scholars from various disciplines have dismissed the idea of such cataclysmic events occurring in 2012. Professional Mayanist scholars state that predictions of impending doom are not found in any of the extant classic Maya accounts, and that the idea that the Long Count calendar "ends" in 2012 misrepresents Maya history and culture. Astronomers and other scientists have rejected the proposals as pseudoscience, stating that they conflict with simple astronomical observations and amount to "a distraction from more important science concerns, such as global warming and loss of biological diversity".