We are on the verge of 2012, and I am simply chillin’ this evening. I am not going to any parties, or doing anything overly festive. I likely will find some good programs on television, and watch some of the New Year’s Eve programs later tonight.
I see one channel that has programs about Nostradamus and related prophets being shown this evening. I may browse some of those. Lady Gaga‘s concert program is on one of the HBO channels, later tonight. Several of my momentarily favorite films, including Burlesque and The Karate Kid will be on this evening, as well. Yep; this pretty much will be a television and computer game evening.
What was 2011 like for me? I am not finding any standout recollections. It seems to be a point of transition, possibly lasting longer than it needs to last. It almost has been something of a rut from which I hope to escape during 2012. This coming year needs to be one of advancement and improvement for me. I need to release things that are not in my favor, while making greater efforts to get hold of those things which will help me with progression.
These so-called interpreters of the readings of Nostradamus, and other ancient, prophetic forecasts, keep saying that 2012 is the year that will bring some levels of disarray due to the planet being aligned with the center of the galaxy. That is curious; is not the planet always aligned with the galactic center? Is it not moving in a circular / elliptical orbit, meaning that the core of the galaxy and the planet can be linked, directly, at any given time?
I am watching one of these programs, which is discussing the alleged prophecies regarding the galactic alignment and the predicted disaster for December 21, 2012. I have seen several of these shows already, so I was not too much into watching this one. Nothing is being said within this show that has not been said in several other related programs. I would like to know about what is being done to avert any allegedly oncoming catastrophe, since so many people seem to be aware of, in fear of what might happen at the end of this year. Stop telling me about what you have heard about, and start telling me about what is being done to prevent the disaster!
Anyway! Now they are talking about an asteroid collision with the planet on that date. The asteroid designated as 4179 Toutatis is supposed to come within a horrifically close distance to Earth on December 21, 2012, leading to some levels of disaster due to it’s gravitational effects, or a possible impact. Again, it would be thought that any approaching space objects would have been spotted already, and actions would be in place to attempt diverting them from impacting the planet. Of course, the asteroid could have it’s shields and deflective screens active, so we can not see it until it is too late!
Toutatis is supposed to be within 0.04633 astronomical units of distance from Earth when December 21, 2012 arrives. Well, what does that mean? One site that I am reading is giving further clarification, stating that this distance equals to the asteroid being 4, 306, 642 miles away from our planet. It will be eighteen times further from Earth than our moon’s averaged orbital distance of 238,000 miles. Not exactly nearby!
The asteroid Apophis is the one that astronomers, other scientists, and observers have been discussing most vocally. It is supposed to graze the planet by 2029, then turn back for a strike during 2036. This asteroid has been estimated to be three-hundred and ninety miles wide; definitely big enough to knock the shit out of something! If it manages to hit Earth in 2036, it’s impact would cause a blast that is more than 100,000 times greater than the power of the bomb dropped at Hiroshima!
Well, I am sure that there are teams of researchers who are reviewing the skies for signs of any oncoming celestial objects that might bring disaster to Earth. Hopefully, there are adequate amounts of expert eyes that are watching what is beyond our planet, and that are doing all that is within their capabilities to save us from a point of total annihilation. I would venture to think that if such an object is out there, teams are working already to divert any oncoming disasters, privately, and without alarming the general public! Happy New Year!!!
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One of the Doomsday 2012 events that allegedly had been predicted was destruction of Earth by a solar eruption. It was foretold that a nearby star would be the cause of a tremendously devastating period of time as the result of it going into supernova. It’s explosive end would produce extreme gamma ray bursts, which would head directly for our planet!
Well, clarifying research has been released to show that this manner of mayhem will not happen during 2012. Some of the alleged prophets of doom had stated that the star known as Wolf-Rayet 104 is set to explode at any moment, with it’s releases of gamma rays aiming directly for Earth. Due to the star already showing signs of depletion, it was being foretold that these gamma rays would strike our planet by December 21, 2012.
Well, actual scientists have been studying WR 104 to find out the truth of it’s current status. The American Astronomical Society has done studies to identify how far along the star is in it’s life. It was during 2009 when results were acquired, showing that WR 104 indeed was near to it’s point of supernova.
It was disturbing because it had been believed that WR 104 was in a position where it’s explosion would expel gamma rays that would be hurtled toward Earth. Along with this star being located within the constellation Sagittarius, it seemed justified to December 2012 foretellers to state that this star would come to an end that coincided with the doomsday prophecies. However, clarifying and legitimate statements have been made by actual scientists to dispel proposals of WR 104 being the cause of 2012 world termination.
The American Astronomical Society has released research evidence to show that WR 104 is not going to destroy Earth by emitting gamma ray bursts. The results from imaging done at The Keck Observatory have shown that WR 104 actually is a binary system. The stars are positioned at an angle between thirty degrees and forty-five degrees, aimed away from Earth! Any explosive gamma ray releases from this star are not in a position to be directed toward our world.
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Actually, this is amazing information. I, and I guess so did others, believed that when a star went red giant, it would destroy all of it’s nearest planets. Well, after reading this recent e-article, it seems that is not the case.
A star that has been labeled as KOI-55 has reached it’s red giant phase. It had a group of planets which were in orbit of it. It was assumed that when stars expanded into red giants, all of the planets within the immediate realm would be engulfed and destroyed. However, that is not the case with KOI-55!
Two planets that orbited this star before it’s deadly expansion were able to survive the red giant phase! The worlds have the designations KOI 55.01 and KOI 55.02. The star, KOI-55, was classified as a Subdwarf B star, which is more luminous than usual subdwarf stars, and it produces more heat.
It is not known as to how many planets are in this system, or were in this system. Yet, research is showing that two worlds that orbited KOI 55 were able to survive their star’s red giant phase! That is a very unusual discovery because it was thought, it was assumed that stars which reach their end-levels, expanding into red giants, all of the planets in the way would be absorbed and incinerated. Nothing was supposed to be left after the star charred the worlds beyond recognition!
KOI 55.01 and KOI 55.02 are the smallest worlds that have been recognized in orbit of a star that is not The Sun. Their orbital paths are within the realm that is enveloped by stars expanding into red giants. The worlds themselves are speculated to have been gas giants, and what can be seen now is all that remains after the infernal absorption.
Professors from The University of Toulouse Research Institute of Astrophysics observed KOI-55, seeing that the star had gone through it’s red giant phase. These researchers continued to review the star, seeing that it’s closest worlds indeed were engulfed when the star expanded. Yet, unexpectedly, the worlds were not destroyed completely by the smoldering swallow of KOI-55. Instead, a remnant core remained, seared completely, yet still present. These findings were confirmed by Iowa State University Astronomy and Physics (Astrophysics…) Professor Steve Kawaler.
These planets are within orbits of KOI-55 that are closer to it than Mercury is to The Sun. So, they already were outrageously hot. Their proximate positions to the star made them immediate targets when it expanded into it’s red giant phase. However, the task now is to find out how it is that KOI 55.01 and KOI 55.02 were able to survive an ultimate incineration process!
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An ocean could be found beneath the icy surface of Pluto?!?! Ridiculous, certainly! Flowing water can not be found in a location where there is no substantial heat….
Pluto is one of the most distant objects of our solar system. It is within an elliptical orbit that keeps this celestial body at an average distance of 3.67 billion miles from The Sun. It is cold out there!
However. Astronomers are currently working with studies of Pluto, making efforts to identify the dwarf planet’s composition to the most accurate levels, yet. N.A.S.A. has launched the New Horizons space probe, which is supposed to reach the former ninth planet by the middle of 2015. The spacecraft will acquire analyses and images of Pluto, and it’s four moons.
A current speculation is that an entire ocean could exist beneath the surface of Pluto. It is being suggested that an area of the planet’s surface could contain a massive bulge. This would hint at the presence of an ocean below the ice covering. Currently, there is no legitimate evidence of water under a shell of ice that encases Pluto.
Any liquid beneath the ice of this planet would have to be maintained by the gravitational forces that are engaged in a setting of internal strife. As these forces struggle between the rotation of Pluto, along with the gravitational forces between the world and it’s moons, a source of heat will be created. This heat could be intense enough to have melted any subsurface liquid, allowing an ocean to exist.
New Horizons will examine Pluto, determining whether or not a bulge on the surface of the planet is present. If there is a bulge, then the planet would not have an interior ocean. All of the water would be frozen into this massive area, and none of it would be flowing beneath the surface. Yet, if there is no bulge, this could indicate that a subsurface ocean could be present, with liquid remaining in that state due to the gravity between Pluto and it’s moons.
The heat source within Pluto would come from radioactive action beneath the surface. Potassium has been identified to exist within Pluto. This element could produce the necessary energy to allow the action of underground radioactive decay. Underground ice would melt, allowing for flowing, subsurface water. It is speculated that Pluto contains enough potassium for this process to happen.
Studies from the New Horizons space probe will determine whether or not there is actually flowing liquid, or if it is frozen beneath Pluto’s surface. If ice has thickened on the planet’s surface, it is possible that flowing fluid could be below the ice covering. Whereas, if the ice surface is slushy, it is more likely that the interior of Pluto is frozen.
Again, none of this will be verified until New Horizons reaches Pluto. It is anticipated to reach the former ninth planet by April 2015. At that point, the most accurate studies of Pluto will occur, including details about it’s atmosphere, it’s temperature, and what effects that The Sun has on the world at such an extreme distance!
Dwarf Planet Pluto
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