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Solar Flare 2012
Posted 3/22/12
http://www.the2012theories.com/solarstorm.html

Basically scientists predict a solar flare will actually end the world. The flare may have the power to wipe out all electrical communications. Even if it is true, is losing the internet and electricity really going to be that bad in the sense that everyone will die? Some people are already preparing called "preppers" and are training themselves in the art of...well...being Neanderthals again learning to hunt and kill their own food and stuff. Maybe it will actually reconnect (ironically) the human race instead because social gatherings will no longer be on Facebook. Yes it will cause chaos at the same time but saying it will end the world is going a bit too far imo.

End of the world theories keep on popping up, but I'll worry about it when I'm face to face with a meteorite.
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Posted 3/22/12
Lunatics predict the world will end by solar flare, not scientists.
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I think if this was to happen, that rather than it being the end of the world, it is the end of the world as we know it...
But it's still a scary thought o.0 Especially when there'll be bastards that try to take advantage of the situation/ go crazy
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The sun isn't getting bigger that fast, it won't be stronger than the last one by a significant amount.

And that's not a very epic apocalypse. I'm certain that the world will definitely end this year, but it'll be something much more exciting. Like North Korea.
Posted 3/22/12
I'd be more worried about meteors.
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I agree with Carbs, we are the masters of our own demise,...
and we will manage to kill ourselves before anything else has the chance.
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Posted 3/22/12
Whether people like it or not. The world became connected rather peculiarly thanks to the internet and technology. If there's a magnetic storm strong enough, it could wipe out practically anything using electrical wires. Depending on location, some communities might even have to relocate. Locations such as Las Vegas exist merely because of technology. Without proper maintenance and upkeep. The desert will eat it up rather quickly. Water will run out as well. Nuclear reactors around the world will blow up roughly ten days after emergency power kicks in only if the generators manage to survive. Otherwise, the cores would boil away the water. In 2005, there were 447 nuclear reactors around the world.

People who rely on electrical devices for living would die, those who need it to help with mobility would be immobile. Or rather would become less mobile. I imagine life expectancy would drop down significantly for a while. Those with the knowledge would start rebuilding and salvaging components to literally reboot up the world. So I don't think it'll be the end, but it'll be dark in the world for a while should it happen.
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Posted 3/22/12
I predict a fun 2012 if that really happens^^
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The human race will have been extinct for a billion years (literally) before the world ends. When it does end our sun will become a red giant where it's outer shell will extend past earth swallowing the planet whole, then it will be destroyed.
Posted 3/22/12

ChaosGuardian wrote:

I predict a fun 2012 if that really happens^^


Aww hehe if only more people were this positive! I also predict a fun one because Ima make it fun
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the cores would boil away the water. In 2005, there were 447 nuclear reactors around the world.
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A solar flare on it's own would not do much physical damage to the earth. Scientists, for many years, were worried about solar storms that would knock out satellites and such, but nothing serious has ever happened and we have been through several major solar storms since we first put up satellites.

The reason a Solar Flare would do little damage is because we have a pretty large magnetic field protecting the earth. This forces charged particles, which make up a solar flare, to veer towards the North and South poles of our magnetic field. Most of the particles miss the earth as they pass over or below it, the ones that do hit the earth, only hit the atmosphere and create the Auroras.

If an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) was created by a solar flare that affected the earth, it would affect only the half of the earth that was facing the sun. Many electronic devices would fry and no longer function, but many would survive because they were protected by some sort of shielding (heavy buildings, underground, military grade EMP shielding). Many electronics would be damaged or destroyed but we would not be wiped out. We would recover in a few years as the damaged equipment is replaced. The primary loss of lives would be from airplanes falling out of sky, and people in medical care dieing from power outages and destruction of equipment. Cars would be relatively safe as they would just lose power and, though losing power steering, they are still steerable and the brakes will still work since 99% of cars still use hydrolic brakes.

So what could happen in 2012?

Our sun goes Supernova. It is plausible, but extremely unlikely that our sun can shift it's core around and accidentally go Supernova. This happens a few times in the life of a star and could trigger a supernova. IF this happens everything in the Solar System will be annihilated.

Gamma Ray Burst. This Is caused by a Supernova from a nearby star. Far enough away that we wont be physically destroyed, but we still get hit by a large dose of Gamma Radiation. Only the side of the earth facing the burst will be affected and probably not much effect to the deeper parts of the ocean. Heavy buildings will protect people and any protection at all will help. Living things will die of radiation sickness and/or become very ill. No real threat of extinction, but a pretty nasty amount of loss of life could occur. No one will turn in to the Hulk, I think, probably, most likely, maybe...

Asteroid Impact. Assuming it is big enough to do significant damage, as we get hit all the time by tiny ones. As the solar system ages, the planets have done a pretty good job of soaking up any lose asteroids in the solar system, so there are not many left that aren't in an asteroid belt/planetary ring or stuck in a LaGrange point (Six points created a large object and smaller orbiting object that are gravitationally neutral). Any that could hit us we would have at least 6 months warning as it clears the far side of the sun. That may give us time to launch some nukes at it to alter it's path enough to miss or shatter it into pieces small enough to do little damage. That is assuming the governments of the world decide it is politically and economically feasible to do so. Whatever you do, do no watch the movie armageddon as it pure nonsense on a scientific basis and will just make anyone who watches it dumber than human beings are already.

What do I think will happen?

Nothing. All this is based on the Mayan calendar that ends at the year 2012. Why does it end in 2012? Probably because they ran out of room on the stone tablet they were writing their calendar on, or perhaps they just got bored of adding on years once they realized none of them will be alive 500 years or so after the calendar was written.
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grond wrote:

Whatever you do, do no watch the movie armageddon as it pure nonsense on a scientific basis and will just make anyone who watches it dumber than human beings are already.


Bit of a dumb film, yes. Bereft of any real scientific plausibility? Definitely. But the idea of flying into space to blow the f/ck out of a massive piece of rock with a really really big splode...I can't help but feel a vague sense of warm fuzzy joy at the thought . Guess it must be the caveman in me...big boom funneh a-huh-huh-huh.

Back on topic...Jury's still out on end of the world this year for me...If it happens, I'm hoping I have enough time to get a few bits done before I fry. If not...I doubt I'll be worrying too much about it. Wouldn't mind a zombie invasion as I've got plenty of 'tactical ordinance' (read boomsticks).
But if the inets dies, no big deal imo. People might rediscover these wonderful things called libraries...whur they done read on dead trees and whatnot! (Not saying people here don't know about libraries, but your average facebook obsessed city-dwellers?). Either way, there's always an upside.
Anyone read Mortal Engines?
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Posted 3/22/12 , edited 3/22/12

NoBreyner wrote:

The human race will have been extinct for a billion years (literally) before the world ends. When it does end our sun will become a red giant where it's outer shell will extend past earth swallowing the planet whole, then it will be destroyed.


We actually have about 500 million years left, not the 3.5 billion expected (Life left in the Sun minus the Red Giant years).

First the earth is slowing it's rotation down. Originally the rotation was about 4 hours to a day when the earth was created. Eventually the earth will become tidally locked (one side faces the sun always) and one side of the planet will freeze (dark side) the other side will boil away (Sun Side).

Second, the earth is primarily heated by the radioactive decay of heavy metals in the earth's core, like uranium. Currently accounting for 80ish% of the earth's temperature, eventually they will decay to the point of no longer sustaining the earth.

Third the *moon is drifting farther away each year and will eventually fling off into space. This will cause drastic changes in the earth's weather and tectonic plate movement causing the earth to cool off faster to the point of a permanent ice age.

*Moon: Not really a moon. The Earth and the Moon are really a double planet system as the moon does not orbit the earth, but both orbit a fixed point between them. This is why the earth appears to woble like a sine wave in it's orbit around the sun. If you ever meet someone who argues against Pluto being a planet, and they ask how many planets are there to start an argument, bring this up to throw them off as even without Pluto the answer is still 9.
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Posted 3/22/12
Even if all the electronics on earth are fried it will be us humans who destroy ourselves and even if we get blasted back to World War two technology or further there will be groups of people alive and rebuilding.
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