Cactus Patch Observatory / 14" LX200
"The four points of the compass be logic, knowledge, wisdom, and the unknown. Some do bow in that final direction. Others advance upon it. To bow before the one is to lose sight of the three."
1987 Meade LX3 2120 10" SCT on hypertuned EQ6 Pro Baader Self-Mod Canon XS_CLS Clip Filter DSI color_Orion ST80 Coulter 10" Compact Odessey Dob http://www.astrobin.com/users/shawnhar
Quote:Actually, it's Central time. But there was variation among the pre-Columbian Maya about when the day began: at sunrise for some, at sunset for others. In any case, not midnight.Geoff
Quote:Since we are ALL leaving,should I pack extra cloths like underware,socks,etc. ?
Quote:National Geographic Channel found a Mayan ruine in Guatamala written by scribes which shows that the Mayan Calendar is cyclical and doesn't end. December 2012 is not the end of their calendar.
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Quote:It's only the end of the world in the Northern Hemisphere - we're safe down here... feel free to come down and visit for Christmas
Dell Axim X5 400Mhz PPC pocket stars 5.12 7x35/10x50/15x70 Bino's
At the Gym... Spudtastic!
Joined 11/26 2003
"After the Laws of Physics, everything else is opinion" -Neil deGrasse Tyson
Elmira-Corning Astronomical Society
Quote:Well, it's a race against time.In about 5 billion years, the red giant sun will engulf the Earth and vaporize the planet.At nearly the same time, however, the Moon will finally leave the gravitational influence of the Earth and become an independent planet orbiting the sun. Alas, it will be in nearly the same orbit as the Earth, so after a few orbits....Blam! Impact with the Earth!But which will come first? Can't say.It's all moot to us here on Earth, though. Some time between 800 million and 1200 million years from now the gradually-getting-hotter sun will raise the temperature of the surface of the Earth above the boiling point of water and the only life left on Earth will be the bacteria deep in the Earth in the interstices between rock particles.We are 3.5 billion years through a 4.5 billion year history of life on Earth.Though an asteroid might hit the Earth and raise havoc, it won't extinguish all life on Earth--maybe just all life larger than dogs and cats.All rather prosaic endings compared to the Mayan calendar thing. I seem to recall a short story by Isaac Asimov called "The Nine Billion Names of God". Now that was a zen ending.
Quote:Just looked again at a copy of the Dresden Codex online. Right there, down in the corner, is a reference to the end of the Mayan calendar. From the Mayan, it translates as "fiscal cliff."
Go Modern, Go Gas, Go Bang!
Quote:Well, just checked with ups and my new mount will be here in time for us all to die, should make go photo op!
Quote:get your "I Survived the End of the World" T-shirts now..
A man is a small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders.