According to the world’s leading scientists at NASA, we officially have begun a new Solar Maximum. Typically, these run like clockwork on an 11-year cycle–and somewhere in the middle of it all, there’s what they call the Solar Minimum, because there’s absolutely no sunspot activity going on at all. Well, the first indications of this cycle seem to have begun in 2007, but predictions are that this Solar Maximum could be one of the worst one in 50 years. Does this mean we should all panic? We think not and can give plenty of legitimate, scientific and rational reasons why.
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
Well, most likely, we’re going to be able to observer an increase in the number of sunspots radiating out energy from the Sun. We will see more and wider instances of the aurora borealis and there will be more wide-spread impacts on satellite communications. But wait, there still isn’t reason for alarm here.
When this happens, energy is released from the sun that eventually reaches the earth’s magnetosphere and as a consequence, we wind up seeing more intense expansion of the aurora borealis, making them more visible further to the south around the world. A few years ago apparently the aurora borealis could be seen in Mexico.
The energy also can affect satellites. Now it’s worth pointing out here that there are more of these by the year so as time goes on there very naturally is going to be a greater impact on the earth’s satellite communications network, again, because there are more satellites today than there were say, 11 years ago during the last solar maximum or 22 years ago, or 33, etc. This means that GPS units and other telecommunications may be disrupted from time-to-time.
Is that necessarily a bad thing?
2012 AND THE MAYA PROPHECY
We bring all this up here because the fringe element that have tried their darnedest to scare us all into believing in some catastrophic end on Dec. 21, 2012 hang their hats on a prediction of increased solar flares, or the Solar Maximum, happening in 2012 as evidence that doomsday is upon us.
But it’s important to remember three points here:
1) Solar flares happen on 11-year cycles and most likely have been happening since the sun began burning billions of years ago. Earth is still here. Having one in 2012 is no different than the season in 2001, or even during the big noted storm of 1958.
One site mentions “This week researchers announced that a storm is coming–the most intense solar maximum in fifty years. The prediction comes from a team led by Mausumi Dikpati of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). ‘The next sunspot cycle will be 30 percent to 50 percent stronger than the previous one,’ she says. If correct, the years ahead could produce a burst of solar activity second only to the historic Solar Max of 1958.”
For one, the last Solar Maximum experienced on Earth was generally considered a mild one. Second, if this one is going to be “second to the one in 1958,” need we remind you that those living all around the world in 1958 survived that event and we are all still here?
2) Our resident expert, Dr. Mark Van Stone, author of “2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya” discusses this subject in his book. He has done extensive studies on the Maya and their prophecy. Here is all he included about sunspots in his most recent book: “NASA predicts an unusually powerful ‘Solar Maximum’ (sunspot season) for 2012 (though it may peak as early as late 2011). This happens every 11 years, and disrupts satellite and other electromagnetic communications.”
Our point is, Dr. Van Stone, who was very extensive in his writings about Maya glyphs, Maya architecture, history etc. makes absolutely no mention of the Maya saying ANYTHING about solar flare activity in 2012.
3) News accounts, as you can see from the links below, also note this could be the worst solar storm season endured in the past five years. Well, we pointed out that in the period right before 2007, we were in a Solar Minimum so there were no solar flares. To say that this flare could be worse than it was when there were none happening, well, yeah…
BEFORE YOU PANIC AND GO BUY BREAD AND TOILET PAPER OR AN ALUMINUM HAT
So before you run out worried about the solar storm we now are enduring, just think of it as something that happens once every 11 years or so. And for Heaven’s sakes, keep an eye out on the night skies. Have you ever seen an aurora borealis? They are truly amazing to behold!
- Solar Flare Speeding Towards Earth, May Disrupt Power(ibtimes.com)
- Earth braces for biggest space storm in five years(hazimc.wordpress.com)
- Q&A: Solar storms (bbc.co.uk)
- Earth braces for biggest space storm in five years (hazima.wordpress.com)
- Earth braces for biggest space storm in five years (hazimiai.wordpress.com)
- Trading The Solar Storm Tonight – This is why I am depressed ! (tradehaven.me)
- Earth braces for biggest space storm in 5 years (vancouversun.com)
- Earth braces for biggest space storm in 5 years (calgaryherald.com)
- Solar storm ‘may trigger’ northern lights (teddyoshea.wordpress.com)
- Huge Solar Flare’s Magnetic Storm May Disrupt Satellites, Power Grids (space.com)
- Will the Solar Flare Cause Blackouts? (solarfeeds.com)
- Solar storm hits Earth, unlikely to reach severe levels (with video, photos) (calgaryherald.com)
- Solar storm hits Earth (greenfudge.org)
- Solar Storm: Will Hobart See The Southern Lights? (gizmodo.com.au)