Disaster Porn Debunked: The Truth About '2012,' 'Knowing' and Solar Flares

Disaster Porn Debunked: The Truth About '2012,' 'Knowing' and Solar Flares

Nov 15, 2011

It looks like 2012 conspiracy theorists will have to come up with another agenda. (Perhaps Frank Miller can inspire their next tirade.) NASA has debunked the apocalyptic catastrophe that disaster movies have been banking on for years: a raging solar flare that would fry the entire planet is scientifically impossible. Space geniuses NASA deflate all your doomsday dreams their website:

"Citing the accurate fact that solar activity is currently ramping up in its standard 11-year cycle, there are those who believe that 2012 could be coincident with such a flare. But this same solar cycle has occurred over millennia. Anyone over the age of 11 has already lived through such a solar maximum with no harm. In addition, the next solar maximum is predicted to occur in late 2013 or early 2014, not 2012. Most importantly, however, there simply isn’t enough energy in the sun to send a killer fireball 93 million miles to destroy Earth."
 
Why do all of these destructo cults always seem to get their dates confused?
 
Well, there you have it. For better or worse, planet Earth is here to stay. No matter what disaster porn tells us, or what Roland Emmerich tried to make us believe in 2012, we're all stuck with each other and not bound to go down in a blaze of glory. For all the science-y chitchat, visit NASA's site for in-depth information that will make you feel really lame for choosing "____" for a career.

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