The Final Countdown Essay

1640 words - 7 pages

It’s the Final Countdown

Will the world meet it’s maker December 21st, 2012? Is it the end of civilization as it is known? Rumors swirl through modern society, with new conspiracy theories unveiling each second. New York City is littered with the homeless baring signs declaring the end being nigh. Several different groups each have prophesied a day of doom upcoming in December. There are many possible outcomes but only one can happen and the other outcomes will be dust in the wind until the next scare or will vanish with the world. Out of several outcomes, it most likely is that the world will go on.
One theory that has emerged is one of scientific proportions. Many astronomers and astrologers have been preparing for an immensely strange apocalypse. Some hold a firm belief that there will be a phenomena in the galaxy where all of the planets align, leaving Earth to bear some of the consequences. The alignment of the planet is supposedly going to cause mass environmental destruction. Humans would have to rebuild their lives from the ground up, changing on how every thing is done. Farming will have to be completely redone along with just how people would have to go outside. With the alignment, all wireless communications would cease to exist for the brief alignment, causing all progress to be lost. NASA has different ideas. According to NASA, “Each December the Earth and sun align with the approximate center of the Milky Way Galaxy but that is an annual event of no consequence. (1)” Their scientists say that there is no possible planet alignment for several more decades, stating that those astronomers and astrologists are fraud or have succumbed to insanity. Many skeptics believe that this theory will not come true. Many agree with NASA that there is no impending alignment.
Some of the scientists whom dismiss the alignment theory have yet another theory of their own. That theory still claims the world as we know it will cease to exist in December 2012. There is a planet named Nibiru which is travelling towards the Milky Way galaxy at extremely fast speeds. The theory is that Nibiru will collide with Earth, triggering a massive explosion. The explosion would have enough boom to rival the bang of the Big Bang theory of how the world began. With the new explosion some believe it will recreate the former situation and a new era of a new “Earth” will begin. NASA yet again dismisses this theory giving a variety of reasons. NASA claims that the Nibiru theory is too flighty, “This catastrophe was initially predicted for May 2003, but when nothing happened the doomsday date was moved forward to December 2012. (1)” One of the reasons is that currently Nibiru began as a planet but has eroded to a dwarf star and will keep eroding to nothing, making it no threat to the lovely planet Earth. Another plausible explanation offered is that Nibiru’s path is highly unpredictable, making the most possible route veering off from Earth. In several...

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