Possible Ways the World Could End

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Take a look inside and explore a few events that might end the world!

Submitted: July 21, 2012

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Submitted: July 21, 2012




Reading this blog title might bring one thing to mind….

December 21st 2012.

Well I hate to break it to you, but nothing is going to happen. Yeah sure, the Earth is going to be in exact alignment with the sun and the center of the milky way. This is an event that occurs every 25,800 years! Apparently the Mayans thought this would be a catastrophic event and so did the rest of the world at this time. Of course right away, this also had to inspire the movie… “2012” (which did not help a thing!).

According to the real experts, they feel as though the date was just marking the end of the Mayan Calendar (which is what I thought all along).

Throwing away the whole Mayan 2012 theory, let’s get to the real stuff.

[The events I picked were one of many events that could happen, I just found these to be the most fascinating!]


Though there is a small chance of a Supervolcano happening, it is still possible.

Let’s journey over to Yellowstone Park and take a look at the wonderful Volcanic Caldera. Which is actually known as the Yellowstone Supervolcano. It is said that the Caldera has an eruption every 600,000 years. Psh, that’s no big deal! Oh wait, it hasn’t erupted for 640,000 years. Sounds like that might be a problem right? Well let me tell you all about our Volcanic Caldera. In the past decade, it has risen about 10 inches. Which has many scientist thinking that there is molten rock building up underneath. Let’s not forget the steam it’s been blowing off through it’s little vents lately. You may be asking yourself, “What will happen if it does erupt?”. I can say one thing for sure, nothing pretty will come out of it. According to the professionals, if Caldera was to erupt it would be like nothing we have ever seen. It would cause the largest and loudest  explosion ever, Spewing out poisonous ash (along with hot lava of course). To top it all off, when this one pops, they all pop.

This isn’t the first disaster the earth has seen though.

Giant eruptions contributed to the mass extinction of dinosaurs 65 million years ago. These volcanoes at the time spewed out roughly 2,000 foot deep layers of lava everywhere. Which is how the 10,000 foot thick Deccan traps of India were formed (worlds largest lava beds).

Though it is still unclear whether or not caldera is gearing up for another blast. The good news is that there are other geologic hazards that have more potential for DOOM!!

Which brings us to the next possible ending of Earth


These buggers are at the top of the list of objects that could hit earth.

Let’s take a look at a few close calls we have had.

- Last Summer a rock the size of a school bus had buzzed by the Earth. It passed by at a mere 7,500 away from earth.
-In November of 2011 we had an asteroid the size of an aircraft carrier come within 201,000 miles of Earth.

There has also been talk about a 900 foot long asteroid named Apophis that will have a close call with earth. This was announced in 2004 and is depicted to happen in 2029. Where will you be in 2029?

Though there is nothing else this size in the earth’s path currently, there has been talk of the smaller threats that may be close at hand.

The experts say that roughly every 100 years there is an asteroid (about 55 yards wide) that will strike the earth. These impacts could cause local catastrophes like a massive flood or destruction of an entire city. That will not be fun. Let’s not forget the little chunks of rocks that could hit every 100,000 years which would actually cause more serious issues.

Do not worry though! Scientists are constantly inspecting the solar system to find asteroids that have a possibility of heading towards earth. So far no asteroids have the earth as a direct target. (doesn’t that take a load off your shoulders?). Though it is still not possible to find every single asteroid that may threaten to hit earth.

Now hopefully many of you are reading this just in time. On July 22nd, 2012 @ 4:30pm Pacific Time (7:30pm Eastern Time), there will be a live video of a passing asteroid. This asteroid will be about the size of a city block (3,000 feet wide)! Crazy right!? Here is the link to view this amazing asteroid, Click Here .



Supernova that turns suicidal

The most powerful explosion in the universe!

Yes my friends, these wonderful supernovas have the strength of a few octillion (1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000) nuclear warheads! (I don’t even know what to say about that..)

There are two varieties of Supernova Explosions
Core- Collapse Supernova
This is when a giant star’s core collapses after about 5 – 20 million years! These love to occur every 2 – 4 years and more frequently than the other type of Supernova

Type -1A Supernova
This is when the collapse of a core happens every 100 years. Most of these will happen at a safe distance!

So what is the harm of a supernova? Well, this things love to produce x-rays, cosmic rays (which are electrons, protons and nuclei that zoom through space almost at the speed of light) and gamma rays (which are light waves that are so powerful they are capable of killing cells!).

In earth’s case, supernova radiation would easily destroy the ozone! This would then of course cause an increase in ultraviolet light. That is not good. The extra UV light would easily start to increase the rate cancer, among many other things. Possibly even an Ice Age.

How exciting is that?

Now for the final event I picked out.

\"\"Orbital Obliteration

Say what?

Yes, changes in how the other planets move around the sun could also mess up how the earth moves.

Let’s take a look at jupiter…
It is the most massive planet in the sun’s possession (which makes it the most powerful!). This planet has a huge affect on the orbits of the other planets. In fact it loves to tug at them, including poor little mercury. For millions of years jupiter has been bullying tiny mercury’s elliptical orbit. It is actually so much, that the farthest distance it has been traveling from the sun is increasing and the closest point has been getting closer. (not good).

So what will, could, might, possibly happen?

As this continues to happen and mercury’s orbit stretches out. The swift planet could crash into the sun! (oh no). This of course is according to a 2008 study.

Mercury could cross paths with venus, which would give a short period of time until there would be a huge disaster (hang on to your pants!). Venus and Mercury would kiss and eject mars from the solar system! ( what a heck of a kiss that is! “the kiss of death”).

Worse case scenario would be mercury then colliding with earth. (the end).

Don’t worry folks! There is only a 1% chance of any of these situations (orbital obliteration) happening in 5 billion years.

Well there you have it, like I said these are just a few events that could take out the earth. (There are many more theories out there).



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