Zombies who try to eat other people’s
brains are the latest phenomenon to spur discussion
concerning the end of the world. The rise in
the number of police reports involving people
who have gone berserk and begun chewing on other
people’s faces is troubling. Recently,
at least ten such cannibalistic cases have been
documented. Authorities have begun to chronicle
these psychotic encounters under the heading “Apocalyptic
In the latest episode, Miami Police were summoned
to the scene by a man who failed in his attempts
to stop 31-year-old Rudy Eugene from savagely
gnawing on the face of Ronald Poppo. When they
arrived, police found a naked, blood-splattered
Eugene growling and chewing on the face of 65-year-old
Poppo. Even after the police confronted the crazed
man and repeatedly ordered him to stop, Eugene
continued to bite into Poppo’s face. Police
were forced to unleash a hail of gunfire to stop
and kill Rudy Eugene. Ronald Poppo is now in
the hospital, fighting for his life.
This latest rash of strange apocalyptic-type
episodes intrigues Doomsday theorists, who insist
that the world will end on December 21, 2012.
That prophesy stems from findings that the ancient
Mayan calendar ends on that date. Nonbelievers,
who don’t dispute a literal end to the
calendar, argue that this cessation simply signals
a transition from one World Age to another.
The most prominent doomsday scenario suggests
that on December 21, 2012, at the dawn of the
Summer Solstice, the sun will be perfectly aligned
between the Earth and the gigantic, rapidly rotating,
black hole located at the center of our galaxy.
Reportedly, our solar system will pass through
this black hole, resulting in a reversal of the
Earth’s gravitational pull. As the story
goes, this dreadful occurrence will trigger a
series of cataclysmic earthly events, including
tidal waves, floods, devastating earthquakes,
volcanic eruptions, global warming and more.
Interestingly, according to the Goddard Institute
for Space and Science, an analysis of air and
water temperature anomalies reveals that April
2012 is the fourth warmest April on record.
Throughout history, man has looked to the
skies for information. Astronomers, Astrologists
and Seafarers have processed that information
and given it practical application on Earth.
The stars have guided our ships, our activities
and our lives.
A series of current stellar events have
fueled the doomsday discussion. One such
event was the annular eclipse that took place
Sunday, May 20, 2012. The moon covered up
the sun with the exception of the outer fringe.
The ring of fire that remained visible, is
called the “annulus,” Latin for
ring. Solar eclipses are rare and unusual.
Most people find them to be fascinating and
Among the other stellar items adding to
doomsday speculation is the active sunspot
region 1476, which is being closely monitored
by NASA Scientists. Easily visible on the
solar surface 93 million miles (149 million
km) away, this 100,000 kilometer, Earth-sized
sunspot region, is the most active since
2003. Sunspots are points where powerful
magnetic fields arise through the sun’s
surface and emit solar flares.
Although scientists are still struggling
to determine why these magnetic fields become
unstable and explode, it is clear that the
energy released in the form of solar flares
is equivalent to 10 billion hydrogen bombs.
Although the energetic particles from Solar
Flares threaten astronauts orbiting the Eath
and damage sensitive electronic equipment
in space, those of us on Earth are protected
by our atmosphere and magnetic fields. Still,
solar flares have interfered with electronic
signals, radio waves, GPS and other advanced
More troubling are the geomagnetic storms
due to coronal mass ejections (CMEs) – huge
burst of charged particles and magnetic fields
that explode off the surface of the sun.
NASA recently reported that CMEs have increased
in strength, and are now rated a G3 on a
scale from G1 to G5T. This enhanced solar
activity has caused rapid changes to the
shape of Earth’s magnetosphere – the
bubble of protective magnetic fields surrounding
the Earth – resulting in a geomagnetic
These mammoth sunspots are becoming troublesome,
sending CMEs which, unlike regular solar
flares, may be dangerous to earthly inhabitants.
Some wonder if, in coming months, enlarged
holes in our protective magnetic fields coupled
with a change in the direction of these solar
storms might cause the Earth ending disasters
The Earth is a highly unpredictable living
breathing organism. Arguably, this sphere
has existed, in one form or another, for
approximately 4 billion years. No one knows
how, when or why it will cease to exist.
However, one thing is certain: We are one
day closer to the end of the world than we