Some commentators writing about the 2012 phenomenon have drawn attention to the Galactic alignment that is set to take place on December 21, 2012. They say that this will align the solstice sun with the galactic equator and that this event happens every 26,000 years. You know, whilst that is true, that statement it is also a bit economical with the truth.
The fact is that the alignment of the winter solstice sun with the galactic equator has occurred every year since 1980. It is true that, because of the precession of the equinoxes (a fancy name for the earth’s wobble on its axis) that what has been an annual event since 1980 will eventually cease and, when that happens, it will not return for another 26,000 years. Now that’s the truth.
So do we have anything to fear because of such an alignment? No! As I said, it has happened each year for the last 32 years and nobody got sucked into a black hole. By the way, there is a black hole at the centre of the Milky Way as a recent study has shown. But it is nothing to be concerned about. The current theory is that black holes are probably necessary for the formation of galaxies.
In short, there is nothing to worry about … at least, for the time being!
But some things never change, so after that, we are all likely to be here to worry about the next doomsday prediction which will concern the year 2036.
The asteroid Apophis will will pass within 5 Earth diameters (18,600 miles) in 2029. Now, that’s a near miss, but here’s what people will be writing about after we all survive 2012. Why? Because there is just a possibility that the path of the asteroid could be deflected by Earth’s gravity and put it on a collision course with us in, you guessed it, 2036!
What’s the truth about this event? Well, NASA cannot say what will happen with sufficient accuracy for the prediction to be useful, just now that is. So, we are sure to be faced with many similar predictions after 2012. You might have thought that Y2K was all over, but you know something? In the year 2038, it is due for a reprise. Yes, indeed, we will all be talking about Y2K38 if we survive Apophis.
You heard it here first 😉
Anyway, enough of this doom and gloom. Here’s how we can make 2012 memorable. Perhaps even a year to remember.
There was a book that came out a few years ago that basically suggested that people might think about living their lives as if they only had a few weeks to live. As odd as that may sound, perhaps that might not be a bad idea. If you knew you only had just over 1 yearleft to live, what would you do with your time? What would be the most important things to do? Which things would lose their apparent importance to you?
You might like to think about making a bucket list of all the things you would want to do before you finally expire. The exercise, whilst it may sound a little morbid at first, can actually turn out to be quite a bit of fun. Perhaps such a focus would help us to see what is really important in life. Why not do your part to improve the lives of those around you? Be nice to people, be polite, and treat others as you would have them treat you.
If we all did that between now and next year perhaps we might see a really dramatic change. Perhaps a new age really could begin in 2012 if we all did that. We might be finally ready to welcome in a new age of tolerance, kindness and consideration.
What do you think, shall we give it a go?