Solar flares won’t kill Earth, NASA says
The Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of a solar flare on November 3.
November 14th, 2011
01:55 PM ET

Solar flares won’t kill Earth, NASA says

The year 2012 is almost here. And so is the end of the world, if you believe myths about the Mayan calendar and certain science fiction movies and books.

Solar flare activity is increasing and is expected to peak between 2012 and 2014 – around the time some believe the Mayan calendar ends. This has some people linking the flares to the End Times. But NASA scientists assure us that solar flares won’t destroy the Earth.

“We have a very long record that shows that even the strongest flares can’t blow out the atmosphere,” said Antti Pulkkinen, a research scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. “There is really no way that even the largest disruption can end the world.”

Solar flares happen when a very large amount of electromagnetic energy is quickly released from the sun’s atmosphere.

The sun also can kick out something called a coronal mass ejection, or CME, which carries billions of tons of charged particles into space. When these mammoth clouds hit Earth's upper atmosphere, they cause beautiful auroras. They also can disrupt satellites, cause power grids to go down and scramble electronic gadgets.

The most intense CME on record, the Carrington Event in 1859, caused colorful auroras, even in the tropics, according to NASA. The storm also caused telegraphs – the high-tech electronic systems of the day – to go haywire.

Nowadays, many of us are carrying around technology far more sophisticated than a telegraph. Should you worry that a solar flare will kill the iPhone’s virtual assistant Siri or fry your smartphone? Pulkkinen says probably not, but CMEs have caused blackouts and can disrupt GPS satellites. They also interfere with radio waves, making trouble for airline pilots, who rely on them to communicate with the ground.

But even with all that power, NASA says the sun doesn’t have enough energy to hurl a fireball 93 million miles to destroy Earth. And Pulkkinen says scientists have made a lot of progress in predicting solar flares and CMEs, giving time for operators to power down their satellites and for you to buy a hand-crank emergency battery charger for your smartphone.

NASA: 2012 – Beginning of the end or why the world won't end?

More about solar flares

Coronal mass ejections

Solar Dynamics Observatory

Solar and Heliospheric Observatory

Advanced Composition Explorer

The Carrington Flare

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  1. pamela

    well like everything else government and its affiliates tell me...I dont know what to believe....do you really think they will tell us..yes the Earth will be blown away by one of these flares ? LOL it would be Kaos...people would go crazy...quit their jobs...economy break down....etc. all I can say is what ever happens happens...love the people in your life and try to be a good person...and live each day as it is your last...cause it may be....

    July 12, 2012 at 10:08 pm |
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    April 7, 2012 at 10:26 am |
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  6. ak

    if the power grid is destroyed 400 reactors will melt down and kill all life on earth

    February 15, 2012 at 3:32 am |
    • sv

      dumd and scary

      August 1, 2013 at 5:44 am |
  7. claytonannis123

    Wait nevermind the 32 years, every 11 years.(Even sooner, GREAT!)

    February 9, 2012 at 9:34 pm |
  8. claytonannis123

    Scientists are stupid. They either are hiding the truth or to stupid to see it. Even though solar flares aren't strong enough to end the world they still are getting really high in temperture and they happen every 32 years. So what happens next year when it starts getting really hot, like the scientist are saying it will, and the polar caps start melting. Im not saying it will happen and we all sould start preparing and buying boats, im just saying it might happen.

    February 9, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
  9. johny

    whatever happens it happen...
    Dont think of the future ...
    live present...

    January 30, 2012 at 3:17 am |
  10. 2012Quest

    Solar flares may not be able to "destroy the earth" but solar proton events can come pretty darn close! In fact, scientists believe a solar proton event is what caused the last great mass extinction at the end of the last ice age which wiped out the megafauna such as woolly mammoths, mastadons, saber-toothed cats, etc. And the sun appears to be waking up because the largest solar proton event ever measured has been recorded in the last few years. You can learn more at:
    http://www.2012Quest.com

    November 23, 2011 at 6:47 am |
  11. TheRealMayanProphecies

    There's not one single Mayan prophecy that predicts a catastrophe in 2012. Not one. The only thing that *may* happen in 2012 is their calendar rolls over to a new cycle. But in their prophetic books called Chilam Balam they DO predict a major catastrophe sometime between 2032-2052. The prophecy states "all will be lost." Coincidentally, the asteroid Apophis is currently being tracked by NASA because it has a likelihood of smashing into the Earth on April 13, 2036. Learn more here:
    http://therealmayanprophecies.com

    November 23, 2011 at 6:34 am |
    • Joe

      Apophos has a very very slim chance of colliding with Earth at that time.

      December 6, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  12. facts

    Dont talk about the mayan, NASA, etc.,
    Think wats going on about the global warning which is happening near ur eyes.
    Some places of earth surface its too warm and breaking down the cultivation, artic Iceland will vanish soon.
    Now many earthquakes, floods (japan, philipine, pakistan, australia, and many countries...)
    see that the worse part in other 10yrs....

    November 20, 2011 at 5:42 am |
    • sixty7flh

      you caught my attention until I saw the global warming stuff. Why don't you believe in all the 2012 crap, yet swallow their "global warming is inhabitant caused" crap? o.k. back to what's here on EARTH to worry about... WE CANNOT SUSTAIN OUR DEBT. the entire world will be in a financial collapse real soon. there really IS no other way. We are to the point of no return/ cannot recover...( actually it is going as planned, but that's another rant all together). you better prep. or perish.

      December 28, 2011 at 8:35 am |
      • bob

        When solar flare hits earth it gets really hot and when its hot ice melts.

        March 21, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
  13. Chase bailey

    alright ill wait on the day 2012 will happen if its true and ill watch the clock if it goes past that day than its not going to happen i cant wait to sit in the chair with popcorn seeing if it will happen :D

    November 17, 2011 at 10:50 am |
  14. Christopher Jordan

    Wow! Is this what mankind has been reduced to? So much hope in the world! Step outside. This is your reality. All of this speculation about the world ending is fantasy until it actually happens. If it happens, guess what? It won't matter. If it doesn't happen, then what? You have to figure out a way to continue. Create hope, people!

    November 16, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
    • Sherry Buckner

      so well said!

      November 16, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
    • TheRealMayanProphecies

      The Maya did not predict a catastrophe in 2012....they predict it sometime between 2032-2052. Coincidentally, NASA is currently tracking the asteroid Apophis which has a likelihood of smashing into the Earth on April 13, 2036. Learn more here:
      http://therealmayanprophecies.com

      November 16, 2011 at 9:21 pm |
  15. okereke matthew chuks

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    November 16, 2011 at 11:13 am |
  16. zaytrix

    I beg to differ I watch and pay attention to spaceweather.com. This shows me everything I need to know. What I get from this info they witnessed today 1,000,000km magnetic fire ball rap the sun and shot the remaining out toward space. Lucky for us it was not aimed at us. But the it is possible that something like this could be aimed at us at our weakest point in 2012. The reason why it is our weakest is because the magnetic pole shifting. Maybe it was not an comet that wasted the dino's, but something more along these lines. I think if any one info everyone needs to know. Don't hold back we the people are important not just the government. You tell me if this can ignite our atmosphere ???

    November 16, 2011 at 1:27 am |
    • okereke matthew chuks

      i truly share you views for it is not far removed from the one on my book, la chimaera protocol. it is on line. http://www.eloquentbooks.com/lachimaeraprotocol. Please purchase a copy today. i sincerely wish you all the best in your life. God bless.

      November 16, 2011 at 11:08 am |
    • D. Darko

      Hmmm. Who should we listen to? NASA or zaytrix the poster, who pays attention to spaceweather.com? Please. You probably also don't believe them or NOAA about global warming. Do us all a favor – either go get a Phd in physics, or get a new HOBBY.

      November 16, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
    • ScienceExplainsGodWork

      The possibility is there, NASA is choosing to base things on probability and likeliness. The magnetic field of earth is weakening and will eventually flip as do all planets in our Solar System with magnetic fields do, including the sun. We can be headed to that cycle now and with suns most active and largest CME area will be pointing right at earth towards the end of 2012 as it did just about 13 thousand years ago. Also there is evidence deep in our forest and jungles in some regions of extremely high radiation hitting earth some 13 thousand years ago possibly causing serious life threatening climate and atmospheric change. If could happen, it could not.

      However, if this does happen SO BE IT! Not going to panic or be in fear. In god I trust, but it’s interesting to learn the facts as we really don’t know much about any of this.

      November 16, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
  17. GBMAXX

    Thank the Gods.

    November 15, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
    • Dragonball Sun

      Sunrise you rise. No sunrise no rise. Hail Almighty Sun. What? look around you, without the sun, Earth is just one big asteroid with no life whatsoever.

      November 16, 2011 at 12:16 am |
  18. Cindy Maddy

    What's funny about all the dooms-day'ers... Eventually someone's going to be right, but probably for the wrong reason! :P

    November 15, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
  19. Nathan Bordeaux

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43475479/ns/us_news-environment/t/radioactive-tritium-leaks-found-us-nuke-sites/#.TsKk32VDGng
    'You got pipes that have been buried underground for 30 or 40 years, and they've never been inspected,' whistleblower says

    November 15, 2011 at 11:43 am |
    • worried

      Technology and science can be safe and reliable but Business Greed shortchanges the necessary implementation and performance of the required safeguards and protections.
      I'm not surprised that all safety checks and reliability tests aren't outsourced to some dinky 3rd world outfit.
      It's just a matter of time... we're all goin' down.

      November 15, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
  20. Nathan Bordeaux

    A large solar flare will not fry the earth, but it is a known fact it can knock out our electrical grid and it is only a matter of time before we have a repeat of the 1859 solar event.
    Once all of our transformers are fried what will keep the 400+ nuclear reactors in the world from melting down like Fukishima. That is what could kill the earth.

    Mike replied,
    "Losing the grid will not cause the reactors to melt down. They will shut themselves down and sit there idling doing nothing."

    Not true! If Fukishima has taught us anything it is that even a temporary disruption in the electrical supply to the cooling units can cause the reactors to overheat and meltdown very quickly. It takes months to put a reactor into cold shutdown.
    If the cooling pumps aren't moving water over the fuel at very high volumes the water will boil and the fuel casings begin to melt.
    Three reactors at fukishima melted down on the first day, but TEPCO wouldn't admit it until several months later.

    November 15, 2011 at 11:05 am |
    • I'm The Best!

      Newer reactors have a fail-safe in the event of a power outage. They cool themselves and shut down without human interference. The one in Japan only messed up because it got an earthquake and a tsunami, if it was just one or the other it would have been fine.

      I'm pretty sure almost all of the ones in the US have this fail-safe but I'm not positive

      November 15, 2011 at 11:20 am |
      • Nathan Bordeaux

        Almost all the reactors in the US are out of date.
        They are already leaking radiation, and in danger of melting down should their waterlines corrode further.
        I'm not too trusting of the supposed safeguards. The blow out preventer on the deep horizon oil rig worked great.:/

        November 15, 2011 at 11:40 am |
      • I'm The Best!

        Well then let me rephrase, there are safeguards that are SUPPOSE to be in place that would keep this from happening. I have heard of safety checks not being done and some of these not being up to spec even after the inspections. I guess I'm just an optimist though thinking a power outage wouldn't destroy the world because of nuclear power plants melting down

        November 15, 2011 at 11:51 am |
      • sayitaintso

        Tsunami submerged back up generators which stopped power supply. If there is no electrical grid to tap into even for generators then there will be a melt down. Have your gas supply, wood stove and wood ready because gas pumps run on gas to. Water even if you do have a well because well runs off electricity.

        November 15, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
      • sayitaintso

        Actually forget gas wood and water. In a melt down it relly wouldn't matter.

        November 15, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
      • Komal

        One warm summer night back in about '75 or '76 a few fdienrs and I camped out on the shores of Lake Michigan in SW Michigan. We had a roaring fire going and plenty of cold beer. Sometime after midnight someone left the circle around the fire to pee and came back very excited about the aurora. Yeah, sure aurora in southern Michigan! But sure enough it was there and it was absolutely spectacular. It lasted all night long. Huge multi-colored glowing curtains in the sky. The next day the paper reported it was one of the most spectacular aurora displays ever recorded in Michigan and was easily viewed all the way down into central Indiana. I wonder just how big a CME caused that one.I saw the aurora again a few years later on a summer night in northern Michigan but it was in the distance in the northern sky and not as bright and vivid. The earlier one appeared to be right over us and all around us. It's one of my fondest memories.

        March 3, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  21. shiga

    The ignorance of this article is the presumption that human life can only be destroyed if the entire planet is, the truth is that is not needed.
    We are already destroying ourselves, in less than 100 years if we continue with same ol' same ol', business as usual, our species will be on the brink of extenction and the planet would be fine.
    It may be a bit polluted but in a million or 2 years when another species arises that will all be gone and wont matter.
    A solar flare is capable of destroying our power grids, creating anarchy worldwide, we would litterally fall back to the middle ages, billions will die from starvations because most modern humans do not know how to survive without grocery stores and electricity.

    November 15, 2011 at 10:58 am |
  22. chris

    so....the 2012 "prophecy" isn't a mayan myth. The Mayan people never predicted the end of the long count would be the end of the world. They believed time was cyclical (which isn't surprising given their interest in, and knack for, celestial observation. Their long count calendar is a circle. It starts over. It takes a huge ego to think that after billions of years, the earth would be destroyed during 2012 because that's when one civilization's calendar resets. That would be like a Chinese person looking at a western calendar and thinking every January first will be an apocalypse.

    November 15, 2011 at 10:14 am |
    • Kris

      I agree with you many people think thats when we are all going to die but di anybody take the time to think maybe the mayans got tired of making calenders thousands of years ahead of thier time

      November 15, 2011 at 10:45 am |
  23. Kerry

    Worrying about an uncertainty is like paying interest on a loan that may never be realized.

    November 15, 2011 at 9:57 am |
    • emgee

      Hmmm..... Is this social commentary...?

      November 16, 2011 at 10:57 am |
  24. Ron G

    Now everyone take a 30 second break to watch this http://youtu.be/dyMXYE_50Ts Enjoy :)

    November 15, 2011 at 9:53 am |
  25. Al

    Personally, I'm digging a big chamber a few feet under my back yard, and stocking it with SPAM. I figure I can come out each and every Groundhog's day, to see if it's safe for humans again. Call me crazy, but I'm living through 2012, even if it kills me.

    Anyone know what goes good with SPAM?

    November 15, 2011 at 9:49 am |
    • Steg

      More spam?

      November 15, 2011 at 10:43 am |
  26. Shamanman

    Does this mean I will miss NFL and NASCAR? I'll need therpy

    November 15, 2011 at 9:44 am |
  27. Nick

    You cannot use your TV, computer, fridge, an elevator or countless other things when the power goes out. An extreme geomagnetic similar to the 1859 event storm could easily knock out power grids all over the world by overloading high tension wires which can run for hundreds of miles between power stations and the cities they service.

    The article seems to overlook that 'inconvenience' which could last for days for millions of people. Backup diesel generators can only run for so long...

    November 15, 2011 at 9:40 am |
    • grist

      It would not last for days. Electronics would be fried. The substations would be fried. It would take years to replace them. They are not even made in the US and there is a years wait to order one.

      November 15, 2011 at 10:02 am |
    • nown

      I don't think comparing today's electrical grid to the telegraph system in 1859 makes much sense.

      November 15, 2011 at 10:23 am |
      • sayitaintso

        We also didn't have thousands of satillites in space either that runs more that half our world. Having a solar flare hit those to will be disruptive also. The way our infustructure is anymore with our power grid might as well be 1800's.

        November 15, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
  28. WisdomVS

    If the world is going to end... so what? It's not like there is anything anyone can do about it. After all, there isn't anywhere else to go. If the government is lying it is to reduce hysteria and chaos in regards to something nobody can do anything about.

    November 15, 2011 at 9:28 am |
  29. nytw

    Why does NASA still exist. This is exactly the kind of wasteful big government spending that needs to be stopped. Hopefully we will elect real conservatives in 2012 that will quit wasting money on nonsense like this.

    November 15, 2011 at 9:27 am |
    • Firestar

      Yes, let's go back to making stone tools and live in caves. Expanding knowledge and daring discovery is only for suckers!

      November 15, 2011 at 9:32 am |
      • GasGiant

        Instant communication with every fool in the world! Huzzah! Total access to the media's incessant stream of deception! Yay! Knowledge of a very narrow kind and tainted by ideology; discoveries directed to serve and enrich a handful.Political Correctness proven by 0's and 1's! Oh, yes! Oh,brave new world! Let's hope "Carrington Event" becomes a eupemism for an electromagnetic hell that wipes out every last computer and electronic device on the planet.

        November 15, 2011 at 9:42 am |
      • Al

        So exactly, how does their prediction qualify as an example of "Expanding knowledge and daring discovery"

        Not advocating the end of NASA, but you got to admit, a rather large arm of the United States Federal Government, has to make such a ridiculous prediction. When I read the title, my eye's rolled over, at just how stupid the conversation has gotten, where, we are actually Not predicting the end of the Earth.

        I sure hope they they make this an annual event, cause, I certainly wouldn't want to start any year thinking it may be the last.

        November 15, 2011 at 9:55 am |
      • Sangkwon

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        April 6, 2012 at 4:34 am |
      • Matheus

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        April 9, 2012 at 12:35 am |
    • slamminsam

      Your sir, ARE AN IDIOT!

      November 15, 2011 at 9:36 am |
      • Kris

        you sir are rit this man is stupid

        November 15, 2011 at 10:51 am |
    • dallastexas

      me no likey teknokolly. It make badness. Me want stoppy now.

      November 15, 2011 at 9:40 am |
    • Rigel54

      NYTW's thinking is why the Chinese are and will be eating our lunch. It is not our modest taxes that have put this county into decline, it is the diversion of necessary moneys (science, infrastructure, supervision and regulation, etc.) into the pockets of a few. It will be Chinese boots on the moon, and on Mars, Chinese trains, and planes. Democrats generally preside of periods of economic and financial growth, Republicans over contraction and decline. This recent great recession will take us years to escape.

      November 15, 2011 at 9:42 am |
    • johnnyleen

      Why does the Office of Faith-Based BS still exist? Now that's government spending at its worst!

      November 15, 2011 at 9:46 am |
    • Michael

      Spoken like another fine example of the Mississippi Public School system.....

      November 15, 2011 at 9:48 am |
    • CAW

      Definitely don't want to waste money on such scientific nonsense such as better life support systems used my most fire departments today and battery powered tools, both created by NASA. We don't need such things as GPS and instant communications. Weather satellites? Who needs them. We can allow the hurricanes to be the population controlling events they once were.

      November 15, 2011 at 9:49 am |
    • qwedie

      With the GOP I agree that they have no use for information that may be used for communication or tracking asteroids or anything that may save the planet or even help mankind improve it's self. When your TV goes out on NASCAR night you most likely will rip your trailer apart. I am just glad that you are one of the 1%.

      November 15, 2011 at 10:43 am |
  30. Katherine

    The good thing is that the Earth will stay and regenerate and the we the people will perish. The authors of all this crap done to our planet. Nature always avenges.

    November 15, 2011 at 9:20 am |
    • Rigel54

      You're pretty happy about the prospect of human extinction. I think you're a pretty sad person. There are countless wonderful things about humanity, and I suspect you exaggerate the beauty of nature. Nature is a bloody business, ripping of throats, strangulation, disease, starvation. I like nature, too (the mountains, seas, life), I'm just not blind to its reality.

      November 15, 2011 at 9:46 am |
  31. fiskenmann

    I'm sorry but is that a scientific response?

    November 15, 2011 at 9:11 am |
  32. kentuckyscience..)com

    There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that the Big Bang views one and zero as being equal, since it states that zero appeared out of the absence of zero; then zero created something.
    The Big Bang theory prevents any condition where something has always been. Infinity is defined as the difference between one and zero. Once one and zero are the same according to the big bang, the definition of infinity as stated above is no longer valid. If the big bang occurred, all math's must deal with the proof of 0=1. So, the Big Bang theory prevents any condition where something has always been. Emptiness is proven not to exist based on its own definition. Emptiness is the absence of space, time, matter, and energy, thus no test can be done to determine its existence. It is common knowledge that substances which are finite have predictable endings. To even begin to publicly claim that the Universe was finite without being able to give a predictable ending shows a lack of self discipline and general education.

    November 15, 2011 at 9:08 am |
    • I'm The Best!

      Im always amazed at what people say when they think they know science

      November 15, 2011 at 9:16 am |
    • joelc

      What the hell are you talking about?

      November 15, 2011 at 9:21 am |
    • Rigel54

      It's Kentucky science, not actual science!

      November 15, 2011 at 9:24 am |
    • nown

      "Infinity is defined as the difference between one and zero."
      According to whom?

      November 15, 2011 at 9:59 am |
    • nown

      Two students in Kentucky:
      1: You taking a science class?
      2: Yeah.
      1: Which textbook are you using?
      2: King James.

      November 15, 2011 at 10:04 am |
  33. LZ Boy

    you mean all cell phones could go haywire!! we ARE doomed!!!

    November 15, 2011 at 9:03 am |
    • duckforcover

      Pleople may even start talking to others in the same room! OMG

      November 15, 2011 at 9:22 am |
  34. grist

    The event of 1859, if it happened today, would take down the electrical grids and it would take years to get them back up. It would be similar to an EMP event. That is for sure. The scientists don't disagree with this. We have a vulnerable grid. If it goes down for years (it would take that long to repair it), it would not end the world. It would merely end civilization.

    November 15, 2011 at 9:01 am |
  35. The Ancient

    The Mayans calendar ends because they got tired of counting. They decided that when 2012 comes around, they would start counting again. They had already counted 25,000 years, give or take, so were tired.

    November 15, 2011 at 8:54 am |
    • Howard

      I've got a calendar on my desk that ends at midnight, December 31st THIS year. What do you suppose that means?

      November 15, 2011 at 9:02 am |
      • The Ancient

        It means people today are lazier than the mayans were,,,,,they got tired of counting quicker. You can get a 2012 calendar in stores now because they started counting again.

        November 15, 2011 at 9:07 am |
      • JDog

        It means, that if you are in you office on 12/31 at around midnight, instead of out having a good time. Then your world should end.

        November 15, 2011 at 9:24 am |
      • CongaSteve

        hilarious.

        November 15, 2011 at 9:35 am |
    • Rigel54

      Why anyone would listen to a civilization that so mismanaged and disrupted their environment their entire civilization collapsed and disappeared escapes me. Oh, wait a minute. Maybe that's what we should pay attention to, no the stupid calendar!

      November 15, 2011 at 9:28 am |
  36. Pete

    Ah humans, we love to sit and authoritatively say what will and won't annihilate us. My #1 fantasy is to be around in the last five minutes where the whole world of humans is forced to acknowledge that in five minutes it will be extinct, (myself gladly included) and just watch them cry.

    November 15, 2011 at 8:51 am |
    • Cedar Rapids

      you have strange fantasies.

      November 15, 2011 at 8:53 am |
    • Ron

      Not worried here. I have a box of matches and two rolls of duct tape. I'm covered for anything they can throw at me. :)

      November 15, 2011 at 8:58 am |
  37. R G

    Hey glad I ordered the Casio Commando made to mil spec, I'll still be talking when your Iphon4 goes down in a ball of flame. And no you can't use my phone, so don't even ask. One more thing, Man can not fly, you can't sail around the world because it is flat and you'll fall off, the Titanic is unsinkalbe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 15, 2011 at 8:41 am |
    • a few more exclamation marks, please

      Why not REALLY make your point and use the world accepted standard of super exclamatory – 25 exclamation points ?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      November 15, 2011 at 8:57 am |
    • BirdMan

      Who are you going to be talking to?

      November 15, 2011 at 9:11 am |
    • Rigel54

      The whole network would be down, RG.

      November 15, 2011 at 9:29 am |
    • CAW

      And when those cell towers are down and the relaying satellites are down, exactly WHO will you be talking to?

      November 15, 2011 at 9:54 am |
  38. chuck gender

    Sad to say most have no glue that the answers are within

    November 15, 2011 at 8:30 am |
    • Pointless1

      You can borrow my glue... I just need it back to finish my project for thanksgiving...

      November 15, 2011 at 8:34 am |
      • Kukulcan

        2060 is going to be a spectacular year. :)

        November 15, 2011 at 8:52 am |
  39. Keel Hauler

    Only humans are arrogant enough to assume that the world will end in accordance with their brief existence. Human civilization has been around for less than an eyeblink in the comparative history of this planet. Now life is supposed to end because we, in the last few hundred years, have become intelligent (ha) enough to scare ourselves with quack movies and superstitions? Don't flatter yourself! You're not that important! This planet has been here for 4,500,000,000 years. It's not going to be targeted for destruction by natural forces because a few hairless apes living on it's surface have decided to scare themselves.

    November 15, 2011 at 8:26 am |
    • BirdMan

      That's exactly what the dinosaurs said.

      November 15, 2011 at 9:12 am |
      • Aaron

        But the dinosaurs said it in Latin. However, still a valid point.

        November 15, 2011 at 9:47 am |
  40. Loopman

    Folks, you can worry about the pros and cons of both sides of this debate until the end of earth actually does come and it won't mean a hill of beans. If it happens, it happens. I, for one, will not worry about but will spend my remaining time on this world enjoying my family, friends and all of the small things in life that bring me peace, comfort and a warm and fuzzy feeling. As for the rest of you, don't forget your ulcer medicine as you speculate on when and if the world will end. If I'm around when it happens, then it's been one hell of a good ride. If I'm not, then who gives a flying rats a$$. Peace!

    November 15, 2011 at 8:22 am |
  41. ArtInChicago

    Honestly, would any government say that the Earth is going to end? Stock market collapses, runs on banks, no food in supermarkets, ridiculous crime, etc. Buy gold.

    November 15, 2011 at 8:12 am |
    • John W

      I'm not saying the world is going to end in 2012. But you're right that world governments have every reason to lie about it, and virtually no reason to be truthful, even in such an event.

      November 15, 2011 at 8:41 am |
  42. chuck gender

    MAY THE BLESSING BE ECK

    November 15, 2011 at 8:09 am |
  43. dillio1973

    I know the world won't end in 2012 for the simple fact that I have bills to pay :( as muck as we would like, there seems to be no way around that, short of winning the lottery jack pot to make bill paying easyer..

    November 15, 2011 at 8:09 am |
  44. luke

    Hey, my calender ends in another month and a half! It's the end of the world zomg!!!!

    November 15, 2011 at 7:40 am |
  45. RichP

    One thing I have learned over the years, never say never, or can't happen or not a chance. Over the years I have also learned that the louder you say those things the bigger the chunk that gets taken out of you but when it happens. Never temp fate.....

    November 15, 2011 at 7:38 am |
    • grumpy

      There's NOT A CHANCE of the world ending in 2012. If anyone seriously believes the Mayans predicted the end of the world, they could make this a much better world by just ending it now, and not subjecting us to this crap for the next year.

      November 15, 2011 at 7:49 am |
      • munkittrick

        This kind of laxidasical response is not only unintelligent, but also dangerous. Will the world end in 2012? The proper answer is an emphatic "I do not know". Is it possible that the world COULD end in 2012? Certainly. Is there evidence that purports to be a possible cause that would lead to such an end? All over the place and in clear view. It's NEVER a good idea to say "never"...especially as we enter the realm of experiences of this kind and the acceleration of said events over a given time frame.

        November 15, 2011 at 8:06 am |
      • benice

        lol...I love your thinking!

        November 15, 2011 at 8:16 am |
      • Rigel54

        "Is there evidence that purports to be a possible cause that would lead to such an end? All over the place and in clear view." What in the world are you talking about? There are no increased threats to the existence of the planet in evidence. As to civilization, apart from increased population and the election of ignorant, short term thinking, greedy Republicans things are actually getting better. Nations are becoming so intertwined by markets large wars are like shooting themselves. Islamic fundamentalism appears to be ebbing. Christian fundamentalism, well, that goes to sentence 4.

        November 15, 2011 at 9:37 am |
  46. truth

    what ever may be the case earth is warming up day by day.
    2011 has recorded the highest earthquakes think of 2012.
    In 4 yrs artic circle is going to be plain land without ice.
    more lives also lost in 2012 due to nature.

    could happen anything next year lets wait and see

    November 15, 2011 at 7:36 am |
    • RichP

      The arctic circle without ice will not be plan barren land.

      November 15, 2011 at 7:41 am |
    • RobK

      LOLOLOL!!! fail.

      November 15, 2011 at 7:54 am |
    • Dave

      @Truth - Average global temperatures have risen about 1degree(F) over the past 30 years. Not a good thing, but a rise in temperature of 1/30 of a degree between now and 2012 is not going to contribute to the end of the world.
      Also, 2011 does not hold the record for most earthquakes worldwide. (I only looked back 10 years but 2007 had more earthquakes, mag. 6 or greater, than 2011; there are probably even worse years going back further.)
      Only the most pessimistic models have the Arctic Ocean ice-free in four years, and that is only during the summer. In any case, while not a good thing either, especially for polar bears, it's not going to bring about the end of the world. (Nor will it ever leave behind "plain land.")
      If you mean that 2011 (not 2012 ... which hasn't happened yet) had the most lives lost due to natural disasters, I'm pretty sure that's not true either ... especially if you think in terms of percentage of the world's population. (Floods in China killed millions in both 1887 and 1931 from drowning, disease and starvation.)
      Other than that, you are spot on.

      November 15, 2011 at 8:42 am |
      • truth

        Dave ur right 2011 is not a worst case but earthquake nos are more in this year....i am not saying it will end but it may worse in 2012 2013 and so on when comparing 2011.......
        artic is melting which is a bad sign and saying clearly temperature rising.....

        November 15, 2011 at 9:25 am |
    • Kukulcan

      It won't end until 2060.

      November 15, 2011 at 8:50 am |
      • Al

        No, that is 2006, No wait, that already happened,

        I guess you may be right, 2060 it is...

        November 15, 2011 at 9:28 am |
  47. 2011

    what ever the case for sure the climate is changing more quick..earth is warming up day by day.
    2011 recorded the most no of earthquakes so think of 2012 what could be.
    in 4 yrs artic circle going to be plain wihout ICE coz its melting coz of earth temperature.
    and more lives lost in 2011....
    dont know whats happening.

    November 15, 2011 at 7:28 am |
  48. Thatguy371

    "Solar flares won’t kill Earth, NASA says"

    "Smoking Is Good For You" says North Carolina farmer.

    November 15, 2011 at 6:54 am |
    • GetALife111

      I'll believe NASA over anything said by someone from North Carolina!

      November 15, 2011 at 8:04 am |
  49. jules

    "The year 2012 is almost here. And so is the end of the world, if you believe myths about the Mayan calendar and certain science fiction movies and books."

    The Maya's never sayed it would be the end of the world, just a new beginning.

    You are just trying to make people scared so you can make some more money!!

    November 15, 2011 at 6:31 am |
    • b4bigbang

      Tachyons frequently appear in the spectrum of permissible string states, in the sense that some states have negative mass-squared, and therefore imaginary mass. If the tachyon appears as a vibrational mode of an open string, this signals an instability of the underlying D-brane system to which the string is attached.[25] The system will then decay to a state of closed strings and/or stable D-branes. If the tachyon is a closed string vibrational mode, this indicates an instability in spacetime itself. Generally, it is not known (or theorized) what this system will decay to. However, if the closed string tachyon is localized around a spacetime singularity the endpoint of the decay process will often have the singularity resolved.

      Ladies & Gentlemen, we live in an elegant multiverse. It's getting easier to believe in God w/every new discovery....

      November 15, 2011 at 6:52 am |
      • NoGod

        There is no god. Science is proving that point with every new discovery.

        We don't need your mythical beliefs here.

        November 15, 2011 at 7:30 am |
      • luke

        @nogod "science" can't prove jack. Science is the art of presenting theories with convergent evidence; there is no evidence for or agaisnt any kind of deity. And in any case, all things within science are theory no matter how much evidence supports it.

        November 15, 2011 at 7:42 am |
      • I'm The Best!

        Nice try but tachyons don't actually appear in any type of string theory that scientists take seriously. Way to look something up but please copy and paste from a more reliable source next time

        November 15, 2011 at 8:07 am |
      • munkittrick

        On the contrary in fact. With every new discovery, we get farther from the possible existence of god. Every time we pull the curtain open a bit more, we see that there really in no wizard pulling the levers. We're finding that life exists everywhere and the likelihood that we, ourselves may have been interstellar travelers billions of years ago. Our stories of "creation" are a comforting tale told throughout the ages that creates just enough mysticism to keep people safely under control. There is no god and we're much, much better with that fact as is clarifies our existence.

        November 15, 2011 at 8:13 am |
      • WolfAk

        I dunno, munt.. I worry what would happen if many of the more zealous religious fruitcakes were to become convinced, somehow, there was no god... I fear that only their tenuous grasp of divine retribution keeps them from going utterly insane and pulling out all their guns, kool-aid additives, secret buttons and what have you.

        November 15, 2011 at 8:36 am |
      • Sweet T

        If something can be introduced with no evidence, it can be dismissed without evidence.

        now lets talk about religion... any religion will do ;)

        November 15, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
  50. WereAllScrewed

    Just reading these comments... I'd say we're all screwed. I mean, I know we can't trust these SCIENTISTS (what a bunch of intelligent heathens)... they don't even close their eyes and talk to themselves like the rest of us believers. Who needs a hypothesis when you have beliefs? Heck, who needs to think at all if you just believe things... and drink whiskey... God told me it was ok so don't worry about my soul.

    November 15, 2011 at 5:53 am |
    • André

      Praise the Lord, Pass the Ammunition.

      November 15, 2011 at 7:18 am |
  51. LOW LYF

    I GOT A 82 CAMARO THAT OUTRUNS SOLAR FLARES AND I HAVE ASPESTOS GYM SHORTS SO IM COOL

    November 15, 2011 at 5:34 am |
    • André

      Learn to spell, CAPS man. It's asbestos, not aspestos.

      November 15, 2011 at 7:19 am |
  52. Nathan Bordeaux

    A large solar flare will not fry the earth, but it is a known fact it can knock out our electrical grid and it is only a matter of time before we have a repeat of the 1859 solar event.
    Once all of our transformers are fried what will keep the 400+ nuclear reactors in the world from melting down like Fukishima. That is what could kill the earth.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:46 am |
    • Hi

      It's called EM shielding

      November 15, 2011 at 7:31 am |
    • Mike

      Losing the grid will not cause the reactors to melt down. They will shut themselves down and sit there idling doing nothing.

      One thing the article has wrong though...if you had to go out and buy a hand crank charger for your cell phone there are going to be a lot more pressing issues to deal with. Will your hand crank charger help you heat your home or keep your food cold? What about pumping fuel etc etc etc.

      November 15, 2011 at 9:12 am |
      • Nathan Bordeaux

        Not true! If Fukishima has taught us anything it is that even a temporary disruption in the electrical supply to the cooling units can cause the reactors to overheat and meltdown very quickly. It takes months to shutdown a reactor.

        November 15, 2011 at 10:51 am |
    • Al

      You really don't understand how nuclear power is used to generate electricity, do you?

      November 15, 2011 at 9:40 am |
  53. Derka Derr

    Fail

    November 15, 2011 at 4:39 am |
  54. steve

    The world wont end when we predict, it will end when God wants it too. An not a sould will know when its coming. All these scientific libs need to open eyes to things that arent concrete. some things you just cant explain

    November 15, 2011 at 3:31 am |
    • Dan

      Exactly Steve, some things can't be explained – like how you figured out how to post on the Internet.

      November 15, 2011 at 3:45 am |
    • Jim

      Didn't you just violate your own opinion? If "some things you just can't explain" is true, why play the God card? Why not just say, I don't know how the universe began... because some things we just can't explain. Yet. You see, we've only been applying the scientific process for a couple thousand years. We have, by conservative estimates, about 4 BILLION years before the Sun expires and end's Earth's ability to support life as we know it today. So, we've still got a little time to figure out a few things we maybe don't know yet. Or, we can just play the God card.

      November 15, 2011 at 4:38 am |
      • benice

        You state 4 billion years as if it is a fact. Much of what you believe in is theory that is presented to the ignorant as fact. You should know by now that even scientists don't have all the answers. That is why they change their minds about things all the time.

        In time you will see and know that very few theories in the scientific world stand the test of time especialiy if they go against the what is evident in creation and that is intelligent design. Here is an example...junk DNA!

        November 15, 2011 at 8:27 am |
      • Kevin

        Benice wrote, " Much of what you believe in is theory that is presented to the ignorant as fact."

        If you don't understand what a scientific theory is, why are you on here denigrating science?

        November 15, 2011 at 9:18 am |
      • Sweet T

        Benice,

        let's talk about junk DNA.... why would god give us junk DNA? why do we have inactive DNA for a functioning tail... why do we still have tailbones?

        If god didnt want us to beileve in evolution, he sure left a lot of misleading clues, wouldnt you agree?

        November 15, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
    • joe

      @steve, there is no such thing as God, you might as well just worship the Sun and live in the dark ages

      November 15, 2011 at 4:42 am |
      • MattVP

        There is such a thing called God.

        November 15, 2011 at 5:03 am |
      • Steveo

        You can't tell these scientific yahoos anything there eyes have been closed. God does exist but it is
        also a fact that many people have there eyes closed so they won't see him. Can you see the wind?

        November 15, 2011 at 5:30 am |
      • jules

        So you can look at the world around you... And say, there is no god.. And still your heart beats, and person can be made by putting two cells together. Its not a man sitting on a throne, of course not!! ... But god is all around us, especially in science.

        November 15, 2011 at 6:56 am |
      • WolfAk

        "Can you see the wind?" Well.. Yes.. actually.. using any number of means, from watching the dust in it, t it's heat.. to using a spectroscope and seeing it like it was water. My eyes are ope...Ow! Darned dust!

        November 15, 2011 at 8:24 am |
      • fiskenmann

        @ joe.....uuuuuuuuh, if you believe that God does not exist, why do you capitalize his name? Trying to cover your rear end?

        November 15, 2011 at 8:36 am |
      • Mike

        There is so...she told me so herself in my dreams last night...

        November 15, 2011 at 9:14 am |
      • BirdMan

        Fisk, I capitalize Santa Claus too, but in that case I'm an apostate. You're not half as clever as you think you are.

        November 15, 2011 at 9:29 am |
      • BirdMan

        Wold: well.. no.. actually. You can see indirect evidence of wind, such as blowing dust, and deduce wind, but you haven't seen wind. As for spectroscope, that word doesn't mean what you think it means. To "see" in this context means to perceive light directly reflected or emitted from a subject. Unless you try to redefine the word and make your argument into a tautology, which I guess you're free to do. Game, set, and match to Steveo.

        November 15, 2011 at 9:36 am |
    • WolfAk

      Wow! you said 'Scientific libs'... that is simply precious.

      November 15, 2011 at 8:21 am |
  55. Fakestera Paranolia

    The solar system unique configuration will be such that the magnetic shield of the earth will dim temporarily coinciding with a massive solar flare....this is what destroyed the DINOSAURS....not a meteor!!!...It happens at a predictable frequency and easier to guess if you study the solar system like the Mayans did...they did not know much about magnetism...but again you don't have to touch a building to know its height...The world will come to an end...say bye to your loved ones.

    November 15, 2011 at 3:23 am |
    • matt houston

      Yes, of course. I will try to get the nation to install you as head scientist...but you won't have much time anymore to watch sci fi movies and you have to take of your hat when you go to work...regardless if it's made of tin foil or not.

      November 15, 2011 at 3:30 am |
      • Fakestera Paranolia

        Do you really thing all these solar system events are all just coincidence....and that there have never been solar events that have brought catastrophe to the earth in the past??!!!! THOSE ARE SCIENTIFIC FACTS...The Mayans were people who studied the SOLAR SYSTEM....and they mastered its cyclical events...How coincidental do you think their predictions come at a time when we are having all these different unique solar system events at the same period in the planet history? Possible planet alignments that shut-off the magnetic earth....JUST AT A TIME WHERE WE ARE GOING TO HAVE ONE IN THOUSANDS OF YEARS OF SOLAR EVENTS...The elite and rich are completing the final stages of underground cities around the world, no need to panic the poor masses...let them die in peace...Why do you think all those billions disappeared from Wall Street and we are also coincidentally having record foreclosures....where is this all money gone? What is it being used to construct? Where in the planet? Dubai was built by handful of engineers employing illiterate masses from Asia....so what makes you think that underground cities have not been finished to house the elite of the society and their families?

        November 15, 2011 at 3:45 am |
      • whyareyoubreeding

        @ Fakestera Paranolia, They built those cities for aliens, big foot, the chupacabra, and the DINOSAURS they created from DNA and cloning. I don 't know how you could think there would be room for PEOPLE!

        Idiot.

        November 15, 2011 at 4:34 am |
    • Derka Derr

      Actually this is wrong. The magnetic sphere is dimming at such a slow rate it wont even be in our lifetime, get a clue.

      November 15, 2011 at 4:31 am |
      • Mike

        I don't think they are talking about a permanent failure of the magnetic field of the earth, but there have been discussions of the impending magnetic polar orientation flip which is accompanied by a short term collapse of magnetic field, or more accurately a fragmentation of the poles which then reduces the shielding effect. If that did occur at the same time as a CME, while I would not worry about the direct physical effects on plant or animal life I would be a lot more worried about the effects on our technology.

        November 15, 2011 at 9:19 am |
    • Derka Derr

      Yeah your crazy, talk about overwhelming amounts of information frying a brain. Whew. Stop believing everything you hear, the scientists and historians say no, the freaks and geeks say yes, hmm, what do you think is really happening here? your being sent on a loop? or.....the entire science community and history community being wrong....tough one....

      November 15, 2011 at 4:33 am |
    • RobK

      The other planets off our solar system have about as much chance of affecting the Earth's magnetic field as me farting in New York and you being able to smell it in Los Angeles. Do you understand the distances we are talking about here? Get a hobby or something jeez... ok, ANOTHER hobby.

      November 15, 2011 at 8:01 am |
    • fiskenmann

      @ Fakestera Paranolia.....please explain the relationship of building underground cities and the end of the world, idiot!

      November 15, 2011 at 8:45 am |
  56. TvNYC

    The End...Tyche planet will influence this massive solar flare and will have a major impact on our earth. We all know the end is coming, some are just ignorant to admit it.

    November 15, 2011 at 2:43 am |
    • Derka Derr

      Omg what is tyche now?! holy....what nibiru didn't work out?! hahaha. God it just keeps coming. Date is pushed back, names changed, you people are really grasping at straws, but its good to know this whole conspiracy is on its death bed finally.

      November 15, 2011 at 5:01 am |
      • RobK

        Ya, Comet Elenin (Niburu or whatever) disintegrated as it approached the sun. LOL. They had to choose a new doomsday thing.

        November 15, 2011 at 8:03 am |
  57. C J

    Whats really bad and yes it would happen is anything power generated stops working. That means planes drop out of the sky, trains stop working if they depend on electricity, cars would no longer work... This all could happen because the dummies are likely to say that the bad flare we just had will reach us in a few hours no reason to be concerned. Next thing we know... they start dropping out of the sky.

    November 15, 2011 at 1:55 am |
    • Radom

      Planes do not fall due to lack of power. Helicopters on the other hand...

      November 15, 2011 at 6:33 am |
      • André

        Ever heard of auto-gyration ?

        November 15, 2011 at 7:24 am |
      • Radom

        Auto-gyration.
        If it wasn’t invented before 1942 I don't know of it. Young people and their new fangled devices confound me.

        November 15, 2011 at 8:03 am |
  58. It'll never happen to me

    "There is really no way that even the largest disruption can end the world.” Yeah, OK; but I can't help but remember the video of the guy who lived at the base of Mt. St. Helens munching on a pickle while he poo-poo'ed the possibility of an eruption. I wonder if he got to finish that gherkin before he was buried to the hocks when the "big one" hit.

    November 15, 2011 at 1:33 am |
  59. brokenteeth

    Well thats good to know. What will kill earth is liberalism .

    November 15, 2011 at 1:00 am |
    • hawaiiduude

      but not as fast as zionism..

      November 15, 2011 at 1:04 am |
    • foreverwar

      Yeah, those liberals with their clean air and safe drinking water, peace instead of greed, hate and war. Yes sir, I see your point, Every night I talk to the ceiling and thank my invisible Jesus for good people like Dick Cheney.

      November 15, 2011 at 1:22 am |
      • Derka Derr

        This is exactly what goes through my mind when I see such sad and ridiculous comments. But you know? its a red flag that this guy is watching a little too much Fox (fake) News when he/her feels the need to comment on a science article with his/her political opinions. Get a grip buddy.

        November 15, 2011 at 4:59 am |
    • Cary

      Yeah more freedom will be the death of the country. It's funny how the radical right boasts of a system that is disturbingly like cold war Russia. Letting a handful of rich and powerful decide for the rest of us makes them more rich and powerful and the rest of us peasants. It's only a superior system if you are one of the 1%. If your goal is to reverse Roe V Wade and keeping gays from marrying I'd ask that you give sanity a chance and worry about things that affect all our lives and not what the preacher tells you Sunday morning. We're running out of energy, oil and such, we're running out of top soil and clean water and you're worried about freedom? If freedom is evil then what is good? Tyranny? Wake up a few dormant brain cells and think for yourself.

      November 15, 2011 at 1:23 am |
    • bob

      not as fast as the war monger republicants will. Ha! You made a political jibe and I countered it.
      What really amazes me is that some nattering boob would turn a NASA science report into a political agenda. And, I speak for myself as well and see the dichotomy.

      November 15, 2011 at 1:26 am |
    • Ron San Bruno, Ca

      If it weren't for liberals , Russia would be taking all the credit right now . Thank John Kennedy for his insight and his encouragement , not rupert murdock .

      November 15, 2011 at 1:59 am |
  60. SQPR

    All Of This Has Happened Before And Will Happen Again.

    November 15, 2011 at 12:41 am |
    • Cary

      Yeah mass extinctions have happened before and will happen again! Do I believe the world will end in 2012? No, it's silly and one of the stupidest things I ever heard. Back in the 80s it was a planet alignment that would kill us all. The Mayan calendar covered a specific number of years. Does the world end every year when your last year's calendar runs out? It's exactly the same thing people!

      November 15, 2011 at 1:34 am |
      • Marcos

        Elia Perez Posted on Kim thank you! Lupus is not the end of the world. I fight and challenge mesylf daily. Sometimes to the point of exhaustion, but I NEED to squeeze everything I can out of my days! I have always been like that. To my family it is more significant now the cotributions I make to our family. Stay strong Sis!

        April 5, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
  61. Sophia

    I for one do not believe the world will end in 2012, however I don't trust NASA either. If an X-class solar flare does hit the Earth, it will destroy satellites in space and knock out the grid. Sure, the world won't end per say but if the grid is taken down it's possible millions of people will die due to lack of being able to get food, medication, electricity for life support, etc. Some will survive..kind of like the Plague of the 14th century. I think we will be plunged back into the Dark Ages, should the grid go down. No, the world will not end, it won't be the end of people..just a lot less of us will be here.

    November 15, 2011 at 12:37 am |
    • Sophia

      Two years ago, Dr. Kaku had some interesting things so say regarding the CME. Unless technological advances have been made, it sounds like the Earth could very well be in trouble. My motto is hope for the best but prepare for the worst.
      Here are some new clips via YouTube that Dr. Kaku had to say regarding solar flares from 2012-2014.

      Quoting Dr. Kaku, let's hope it will be a dude.

      November 15, 2011 at 12:58 am |
      • Sophia

        LOL I meant to write "dud" not "dude"!

        November 15, 2011 at 1:00 am |
    • Derka Derr

      So here comes the nuts posting the fleeting comments by, you guessed it, the most broadcasted scientist, and why? because he makes outrages claims that get kids including himself excited, so excited in fact, the guy is ready to explode on live Tv just talking about it, ok thanks, anything else to add? because these are THEORISTS mind you. ;) look that up.

      November 15, 2011 at 4:49 am |
      • Derka Derr

        By the way these videos are what? 2004? if I'm lucky with that guess....just a tad outdated. Just saying, get with the program kids. Science is fun, cool, but way too many people taking theories seriously these days, the guy says its possible to be vulnerable during a bad solar flare, and in fact scientists will tell you the magnetic sphere flips, and it takes years and years and years, not our lifetime, most of us went through this back in early 2000s, just to learn it was all bogus, you guys are late to the game. But do what I did, research further, find out for yourself what REAL Nasa scientists actually say. I just watched a History Channel ancient aliens program, and knowing my history, I can say with honesty and fact that these guys have no idea what they are talking about and they really are sending our kids on a loopy ride.

        November 15, 2011 at 4:54 am |
  62. Bruce McMasters

    Destroyed no, but worst case senerio no power for months in US if a HUGE CME hits : http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,478024,00.html

    November 15, 2011 at 12:17 am |
    • Elizabeth

      The National Weather Service, in 1900, said that no hurricanes blew west as far as Galveston. They were sure, because they were scientists. They ignored the "Ignorant" professors in Cuba who pointed out cloud formations. 8,000 people or more died. Government bureaucracy strikes again! Similar to the FDA that hounds some researchers (that do not belong to a big pharma company) but makes its own duplicate patents; another totally corrupt government bureaucracy. I wouldn't argue with a hurricane, cancer, a volcano, and earthquake, or the sun. These have all been known to exceed estimates.

      November 15, 2011 at 12:38 am |
      • Chkr

        Science has told us:
        The world is held up by Atlas or Turtles and Elephants
        The world is the center of the Solar System
        The world revolves around the Sun
        The world is flat
        There are 9 planets in the Solar System
        There is only one Galaxy
        There are numerous Galaxies
        The Universe always existed
        There is a finite beginning to the Universe
        There is an edge to the Universe
        There is no edge to the Universe

        Science tells us many things that "can't happen" until they do.
        Then the go back and explain why the can't happens happened.

        November 15, 2011 at 1:17 am |
      • bob

        @Chkr Where did you get those "facts"? None of that is true. It was the church that insisted that the earth was the center of the universe. Scientist (Galileo for example) proved that it wasn't.

        November 15, 2011 at 1:31 am |
      • Nunya

        1. Not all of the claims listed were made by 'science'. Many were religion or philosophers who knew nothing of science.

        2. Science forms a hypothesis from available data. When available data changes, the hypothesis changes. So, yes, necessarily when one uses science to learn more you will come to theories and conclusions that are at odds with what you might have thought was correct decades or centuries earlier. That is the nature of science. It doesn't set its sights on one truth that it will hold is true forever and ever regardless of what data is collected...

        November 15, 2011 at 1:43 am |
      • Lee

        Sorry you're wrong, it wasn't just the church but scientists of the day who believed those things as well and used science to back up their beliefs. Scientists are human too and aren't infallible.

        November 15, 2011 at 2:14 am |
      • Derka Derr

        Aderal works well with ADD. Just saying. So let me get this straight, judging from a few people's comments, and my cuz is a meteorologist so this is cute, we should ignore all scientists and historians, because somehow, somewhere, someone was wrong a few times in the past. Look, people, its not like you who are wrong daily, big difference, and add to that, let me go do some research, I'm sure I can prove to you your much dumber than any scientist or historian, In fact, do any of us even know where the whole "kool-aid" thing came from? or was that hijacked by politicians too? right right....honestly, I'll stick with my scientists and historians over your assumption and hypotheticals. Guess its your choice which pill to take, religion, joe shmoe, tin foil hat crowd, or the educated opinion. Good luck!

        November 15, 2011 at 4:47 am |
      • Jim

        The difference between science and religion is that science progresses, and yes, it changes as more information is gethered new theories replace old ones, better explanations come into view, and we build upon the new information we gain. In the discipline called religion, books that are the undeniable tombs of all knowledge and wisdom (but all different) were written a few thousand years ago by humans "inspired by" an entity that exists outside the boundaries of physical time and space and is all knowing and omnipresent throughout the cosmos but who only revelas himself to a select group of rulers of other humans. I'll go with the discipline that gave us the microwave oven and velcro, thank you very much.

        November 15, 2011 at 4:50 am |
  63. jam jum

    why on earth will i care,all i know my conscious end point is the end of my existence.period

    November 14, 2011 at 11:57 pm |
    • Elizabeth

      Then you are not conscious.

      November 15, 2011 at 12:40 am |
      • Clint

        Actually, he's smarter than most on here.....

        November 15, 2011 at 2:18 am |
      • jam jum

        can u prove it?

        November 15, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
  64. Maurice

    I pray for armagedon. I pray for the apocalypse. I pray for World War 3 – EVERY DAY-HEY! EVERY DAY-HEY! Truth of humanity is profanity and blasphemy. I pray oh HOLY SUN come wipe this world clean of the feculent plague called hu-man-i-TY!

    November 14, 2011 at 11:56 pm |
    • Quid Malborg in Plano TX

      Or you could just kill yourself and avoid the rush. :-D

      November 15, 2011 at 12:01 am |
    • foreverwar

      You still need to work on it a just little more, but keep at it, and I'm sure one day you will make a fine Republican presidential candidate.

      November 15, 2011 at 12:51 am |
  65. 112321

    The Mayans couldnt even predict their own demise let alone predict the end of the world.

    November 14, 2011 at 11:46 pm |
    • Elizabeth

      They had cool mathematics though, and lots of hieroglyphs that were fun to decipher!

      November 15, 2011 at 12:42 am |
      • regertz

        Especially the ones that say... "We're...Kidding...About ...2012..."

        November 15, 2011 at 7:34 am |
  66. mack

    No one is talking about the prospect of Earth being swallowed by the Sun in a about a billion years. I agree....who cares....but it is likely going to happen. Did your God premeditate that?

    November 14, 2011 at 11:37 pm |
    • Quid Malborg in Plano TX

      4.5 billion years. The sun isn't massive enough to go red giant before then.

      November 15, 2011 at 12:00 am |
      • Elizabeth

        By then, who knows what the universe will have expanded into... we wouldn't even believe in the existence of other stars.

        November 15, 2011 at 12:44 am |
      • eville_11

        only if the math is right.

        November 15, 2011 at 4:16 am |
  67. Joe Rioux

    I struggled with some clever/insulting reply to dumbasstrophe, but really, Satan, you said it all.

    November 14, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
  68. dondondon

    interesting language here fron cnn- " around the time some believe the mayan calendar ends"
    hello, cnn, the myan calendar ends-–fact-- some believe that means something... the myth that the world will end because the myans got tired of counting is not fact.

    November 14, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
    • ndginla

      My calendar ends every year.

      November 14, 2011 at 11:51 pm |
      • Elizabeth

        My calendar ended when Borders closed so that I couldn't get a cool calendar by 2012.

        November 15, 2011 at 12:45 am |
    • fiskenmann

      I don't know (I wasn't there) but is it possible that the Mayan calendar ended on such and such a date because their existence ended?

      November 15, 2011 at 9:01 am |
  69. svann

    People that believe in 2012 being the end are pretty lame. There is nothing about the mayan calendar that predicts or implies any such thing. Nothing in history. Nothing but idiots following idiots.

    November 14, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
    • Mike

      Mayan Joe to Mayan calendar maker: "Hey, come on dude...it's Friday...time to knock off...lets go chew some coca leaves..."

      'nuff said....

      November 15, 2011 at 9:27 am |
  70. REAL CHILL 34

    Give Nasa Credit Yall! They Human And Make Mistakes Too!

    November 14, 2011 at 11:14 pm |
  71. REAL CHILL 34

    The World Will End The Day That You Die!

    November 14, 2011 at 11:11 pm |
    • Elizabeth

      Your world? Our world? If a tree falls in the woods, and nobody is there to hear it...

      November 15, 2011 at 12:46 am |
      • Clint

        But what if a bear is crapping in the woods at the same time..........

        November 15, 2011 at 2:20 am |
  72. Christian Faith

    The "end of the world" will be unlike any of the Mayan's thought. Who were they anyway, but a primitive culture hardly capable of predicting the future? The end of the world will come like a thief in the night to those that are sleeping, but the ominous signs of that time will otherwise be obvious to those that are faithfully watching and waiting. Maranatha!

    November 14, 2011 at 11:10 pm |
    • Qiox

      The Mayans never predicted the end of the world. That their calender ends in 2012 is no different than the way our calendar ends every Dec 31st. This is actually the 6th time their calender ended. Each of the previous 5 times they did what we do on Jan 1st. Start counting over from the beginning. Unfortunately this simple fact has been ignored by the many, many, many, many, many idiots of the world.

      November 14, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
      • Rocco

        Thank you.

        November 14, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
      • Clint

        Actually, I figure their calender ended when it did becaue the guy working on it was killed by conquistadors, and then noone picked up his work where he left off.

        It's the easiest explainantion and makes way more sense than some religous superstition.

        November 15, 2011 at 2:22 am |
    • Rocco

      Yeah, the early Christians weren't primitive in their understanding of science at all. Good luck planning your life by means of a 2,000-year-old book of superstitions. I agree that the Mayan calendar has no significance regarding the end of the world, but neither does your book of magic. And, by the way, Mayan civilization was still kicking 800 years after Christ's time, and if not for Greek and Roman influence, the Jewish tribes that eventually gave birth to Christianity would have been much more "primitive" than the Mayans. Just sayin'.

      November 14, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
      • appapo

        Yeah, just saying... stupid things!

        November 15, 2011 at 12:18 am |
    • Kevin

      "The "end of the world" will be unlike any of the Mayan's thought. Who were they anyway, but a primitive culture hardly capable of predicting the future?"

      And yet your nomadic bronze-aged shepherds we'd so much more advanced? Good lord, these cretins couldn't calculate pi past 3.0

      November 15, 2011 at 9:06 am |
  73. lovethedifferentcommentsystemsCNN

    so they say, i am not risking it though!

    November 14, 2011 at 11:03 pm |
    • Rocco

      Are you planning to leave the planet?

      November 14, 2011 at 11:04 pm |
  74. Crazy Guy

    Don't start to panic untill they tell you not to.

    November 14, 2011 at 11:01 pm |
    • Elizabeth

      I liked the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" take on don't panic.

      November 15, 2011 at 12:49 am |
  75. Sid

    While the satellites are powered down, why does one need a hand crank battery charger for the cell phone? What good is a fully charged cell phone battery when the service is down? I guess you can play the music.

    And from Verizon's commercials, it sure appears that the 4G-LTE service will be at its peak performance with cell phones appearing on trees and mailboxes.

    November 14, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
    • Qiox

      Because local calls are handled by cell phone towers and and antennae on buildings and have nothing to do with satellites.

      November 14, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
    • Kay

      So that people can look at their phones and pretend to be texting someone.... they can't live without them.

      November 15, 2011 at 12:27 am |
  76. Yomamma

    i agree that a huge flare may harm earth in many ways but i really doubt that it will actually end earth....

    November 14, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  77. Merecat

    The Earth will be here long after the scientists and others are gone..

    November 14, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  78. Razor's Edge

    Soooo will NASA be around if the sun DOES fry the earth to own up to it's misaken opinion?

    LOL – this is such a ridiculous postion to take since no one but NO ONE has a clue about what the sun can and cannot do. NASA and other scientiest can only speculatate and study their "models" of predictied solar behavior – but guess who put those models together based upon best-guess outcomes !!

    November 14, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
    • Qiox

      Do you always imagine that everyone is just as stupid as you? Is it so difficult for you to deal with the fact that they actually know what they are talking about you are just a moron?

      November 14, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
    • cja

      So I throw a rock into the air. Are you saying that it is only some "model" that predicts it will come back down? I think some of these models are very well tested.

      November 14, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
    • Todd in DC

      Yeah, all scientists have are models, observation, solar history, observation of solar radiation effects on other planets, cause and effect of radiation plumes from the sun on our satellites, and paleontologic observation of past effects of solar radiation on our planet.

      But heck, your intuition trumps all that.

      Dude, remember when your mother said that paint chips weren't candy? You should have listened.

      November 14, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
    • ndginla

      What's your point? Who cares. If such a solar event is to occur, there isn't a heck if a lot you can do about it. And besides, it is most likely a long time coming.

      November 14, 2011 at 11:57 pm |
    • Elizabeth

      Hmmm.... and Mt. St. Helen's wouldn't explode because volcanoes act like Mauna Loa, even though Vesuvius exploded. And a big earthquake won't harm that nuclear power plant that Fukushima built next to the ocean. And Galveston wasn't destroyed (a few times) by hurricanes, because the National Weather Service says it couldn't happen. I personally do not believe that the world would end 12/21/2012, but the measurements of the sun by government bureaucrats certainly would make me want to take a contrary position.

      November 15, 2011 at 12:54 am |
    • macs

      Don't worry sheeple...the world will be just fine...the scientists know everything about everything in this universe and above all...scientists never make mistakes...

      November 15, 2011 at 5:26 am |
  79. bill

    Awesome!! 11m has been dead for years. CQ DX CQ DX Indiana 224 standing by.

    November 14, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  80. Johnny 5

    "The sun doesn’t have enough energy to hurl a fireball 93 million miles to destroy Earth" ?? The sun has enough energy and then some. Sheesh NASA...

    November 14, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
    • c-bag

      Those rocket scientists sure are morons.

      November 14, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
      • Rocco

        Hahahaha!

        November 14, 2011 at 11:05 pm |
    • Joe Rioux

      The statement was taken out of context. The sun has loads of energy, but it can only dump so much energy into coronal mass ejections (CMEs). The sun will not have enough energy in the next solar maximum to create a CME big enough to destroy the Earth.

      November 14, 2011 at 11:30 pm |
    • Todd in DC

      a fireball isn't a solar flare. Grow up

      November 14, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
    • Elizabeth

      I had a cat who was told that she couldn't go outside. Well, she didn't sign the papers, because she didn't bother to read them, so she would sneak out every so often. I'm sure the sun didn't read those research papers either.

      November 15, 2011 at 12:57 am |
      • fiskenmann

        WHAT?

        November 15, 2011 at 9:08 am |
  81. sonic10158

    The sun is waiting for the day it becomes a super nova before it kills Earth

    November 14, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
    • sonic10158

      meant to say red giant...

      I don't know how I got the two mixed up X0

      November 14, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
      • Elizabeth

        When it goes red, it will kill the earth long before it even swallows it.

        November 15, 2011 at 12:58 am |
  82. Satan

    It's stupid enough to do the 'first' thing, but moronically stupid when you aren't even first. We took a vote and we decided you have to use the name dumbasstrophe from now on.

    November 14, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  83. to hectastrophe

    youre an idiot

    November 14, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
  84. sprinkles

    They keep dodging the fact that solar flares are capable of magnetic pole shifts/reversals. I'm not opposed to a severe one happening in 2012 that would affect all electronics. Perhaps that is the supposed "end of the world"; a mere reset on our path of technology. It might even be a *good thing*...

    November 14, 2011 at 9:58 pm |
    • Rocco

      And you're basing your argument against NASA scientists on your extensive knowledge of the Mayan calendar, right? Classic.

      November 14, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
      • i_know_everything

        ROFL

        November 14, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
    • Rocco

      And, by the way, solar flares do NOT cause shifts of the magnetic poles. When the poles do shift, the earth's magnetic field likely weakens, making the planet more susceptible to solar radiation, but the shifting is caused by convection in the earth's outer core.

      November 14, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
      • Joe Rioux

        Hear, hear, Rocco. This sprinkles character needs to stop pretending they know anything about space physics.

        November 14, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
    • eville_11

      bwahahahaaaaaa, that was funny. Good one.

      November 15, 2011 at 3:52 am |
    • Derka Derr

      They are really out in droves huh, tin foil crowd....this is bad. This reminds me of the people complaining of a side ways moon recently and the scientist telling them that this happens every year, people start going crazy because they don't realize ITS NORMAL!!!! I'm really starting to think because of the internet we are ignoring everyday science and history, this is pathetic if you ask me, or a scientist/historian for that matter. Sad state of affairs.

      November 15, 2011 at 4:38 am |
  85. MIT

    This is very disappointing news. I don't want to repay my student loans...

    November 14, 2011 at 9:53 pm |
    • Liz T

      Don't worry there's still a chance of a large meterorite. I decided to wait to quit smoking until 2012, would suck to quit and die anyways ya know. :P

      November 14, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
      • Elizabeth

        If you wait to quit smoking, you will die a slow painful death. My husband has cancer, and he didn't smoke. And you smoking adds more CO2 to the atmosphere than almost anything else, so you get to kill other people with your second-hand smoke, and kill the earth too!

        November 15, 2011 at 1:02 am |
  86. Meki60

    and now that we have 'muslim outreach' I guess we will never know for sure.

    November 14, 2011 at 9:48 pm |
  87. fiskenmann

    LOLOLOLOL!!!! Loser!

    November 15, 2011 at 9:13 am |

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