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    viable 2012 doomsday theory?

    Now let me say that i am a skeptic about the whole 2012 thing BUT i ended up watching this... (at about 16:54)






    i looked up the closest magnetar to us online and found a number for 9000 light years, what if that one belches up some Gama rays?
    discuss...
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    Quote Originally Posted by hayharut View Post
    Now let me say that i am a skeptic about the whole 2012 thing BUT i ended up watching this... (at about 16:54)

    i looked up the closest magnetar to us online and found a number for 9000 light years, what if that one belches up some Gama rays?
    discuss...
    Well then the good news is you have 9000 years until any electromagnetic phenomenon from it will reach earth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gheld View Post
    Well then the good news is you have 9000 years until any electromagnetic phenomenon from it will reach earth.
    If im not mistaken isnt light years the time it takes light to travel from one point to another?
    Im not sure with actual years has to do with light years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unoriginal View Post
    If im not mistaken isnt light years the time it takes light to travel from one point to another?
    Im not sure with actual years has to do with light years.
    The distance that light waves travel in the span of a single year is one lightyear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unoriginal View Post
    If im not mistaken isnt light years the time it takes light to travel from one point to another?
    Im not sure with actual years has to do with light years.
    From wikipedia: As defined by the International Astronomical Union (IAU), a light-year is the distance that light travels in a vacuum in one Julian year.[1]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unoriginal View Post
    If im not mistaken isnt light years the time it takes light to travel from one point to another?
    Im not sure with actual years has to do with light years.
    a light-year is the distance that light travels in a vacuum in one Julian year.
    So It will take 9000 years, that light travels from there to here, because it's 9000 light-years away from us. Light has max speed (What we know now, that there may be faster thingies)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gheld View Post
    Well then the good news is you have 9000 years until any electromagnetic phenomenon from it will reach earth.
    how do we know it hasn't done it yet? im no astronomy guy but i do remember that the star light we look at during the night is as old as the star is as far away from us in light years.
    Last edited by hayharut; 2011-11-28 at 08:12 AM.
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    If a magnetar offs us, it won't care what year it is. It'll have nothing to do with the 2012 hoax, and more to do with it being a freakin' magnetar.

    EDIT - @ guy above me: astronomy. Astrology is bunk. Astronomy is the science.

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    End pf the world could mean MANY things. For instance i it IS true about teh 2012 thing it could just mean an end of the say economic world or a change in political structure on a global level so massive that the world will be so different that it basically"ended" and a new one began.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unoriginal View Post
    If im not mistaken isnt light years the time it takes light to travel from one point to another?
    Im not sure with actual years has to do with light years.
    A light year is a unit of distance, not time.
    However if something was 9000 light years away and it was moving at the speed of light towards us, it would take 9000 earth years for it to reach us.

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    That Apocalypse is so hot right now...


    And stop takin programs seriously when they're about "science" yet feel the need to add shitty computer effects for the extra 'umph".

    Stop it. Now

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    afaik, a light year = distance travelled by light in 1 earth year

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    Magnetars will not, ever, off us because there aren't really any within a radius that would pose a problem to us. It is, very simply, too far away. The 'bubble' that it let off DID reach earth; it was made out of gamma rays rather than particles therefore traveled at the speed of light. In essence, because we detected it we already survived it. More likely are threats native to our solar system such as meteors, asteroids, or cataclysmic solar mass ejection (significantly, like magnitudes of magnitudes, smaller than the probability of the others)

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    I'm still confused why people think that because that civilizations calendar ended in 2012 it means that the world is going to end, meanwhile I can't even figure out what I'm going to do next weekend?

    Maybe they assumed that in 1000 years someone would carve a new calendar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by obdigore View Post
    I'm still confused why people think that because that civilizations calendar ended in 2012 it means that the world is going to end, meanwhile I can't even figure out what I'm going to do next weekend?

    Maybe they assumed that in 1000 years someone would carve a new calendar?
    Its not even that, the calendar just starts over iirc. Basically that calendars equivalent of december 31st. Its the end of "the old era" which people are interpreting as an apocalypse. Actually its just "new years eve".

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    A more plausible situation than an apocalypse:

    December 21, 1012:
    Mayan Emperor to Mayan Astronomer: Make me a calendar for the next 1000 years, here's some slaves to help out.
    Mayan Astronomer: Alright, 1000 years exactly?
    Mayan Emperor: Yes, 1000 years from today.

    December 21, 2012:
    Nothing happens except the passing of 1000 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toziel View Post
    A more plausible situation than an apocalypse:

    December 21, 1012:
    Mayan Emperor to Mayan Astronomer: Make me a calendar for the next 1000 years, here's some slaves to help out.
    Mayan Astronomer: Alright, 1000 years exactly?
    Mayan Emperor: Yes, 1000 years from today.

    December 21, 2012:
    Nothing happens except the passing of 1000 years.
    true, and i am still skeptical about it.
    But hey, at least what i pointed out is still possible, though it would also be one hell of a disappointing Apocalypse.
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    It might not be the end of the world, but its the end of civilized mankind when people start using the words 'viable' and '2012 doomsday theory' in one sentence.
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    Honestly... The whole "LOL 2012 DOOMDAY WE'RE GONNA DIE HERP DERP" is just sad.
    Congratulations on graduating to expert level trolling, I would stick around but I'm busy getting gay married in 13 states and performing roadside abortions while passing bills that take away people's guns while i sip superior european wine and cheese i bought with european style socialist money, arrivaderci!

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    It is as viable as every other doomsday theory we have heard since...forever. I bet not even the prognosis that "when we switch from 999 AD to 1000 AD the world will end" was the first doomsday theory. ^^
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