Is there any truth to the NASA Blackout Warning for December 2014? It has been circulating on social media that NASA announced a three-day worldwide blackout that will occur in December 2014.
Here is one sample message:
Charles Bolden who is the head of NASA has asked the public to remain calm when the world enters three days of darkness. NASA as well as ESA have made this announcement where apparently the world will enter total darkness for three days, starting on December 21, as a consequence of a solar storm.
This storm is the largest of the last 50 years and will last 72 hours.
NASA recommends to not panic and to ensure that you have sufficient candles and food in stock. It is also recommended to have enough medicine in case this is necessary.
According to NASA this is a natural phenomenon and is not the end of the world. It is simply a solar storm and the planets will align and cover the sun.
No, there is no truth to this message. The universe is not about to realign in December 2014. Nor there will be a three-day blackout.
NASA has issued a statement long time ago:
Some advocates for the 2012 catastrophe say that what will actually cause the devastation is an alignment of planets. There is no planet alignment on the winter solstice in 2012. Nonetheless, advocates of doom connect the fictional alignment to astrological predictions or groundless claims about a reversal of Earth’s magnetic field and unprecedented solar storms. Many internet postings and guests on all-night apocalyptic radio have elaborated on these themes.
In particular, several threads of irrational thought have created an internet phantom, the secret planet Nibiru. It’s the bowling ball, and Earth is the pin. There is no such planet, though it is often equated with Eris, a plutoid orbiting safely and permanently beyond Pluto. Some insist, however, that a NASA conspiracy is in play and that Nibiru, looming in on the approach, can already be seen in broad daylight from the Southern Hemisphere. It was supposed to become visible from the Northern Hemisphere, too, by last May, but like a fickle blind date, it stood up those awaiting it.
Others on the Web, confused about the supposed alignment of the winter-solstice sun with the Milky Way’s center, have declared that the Sun is now plummeting to the Milky Way’s center and dragging Earth with it. The predicted result? Earth’s polar axis will shift. Most of what’s claimed for 2012 relies on wishful thinking, wild pseudoscientific folly, ignorance of astronomy, and a level of paranoia worthy of Night of the Living Dead.
So maybe the Maya were on to us after all. The clock is ticking. And it’s the end of the world as we know it.
So relax. Enjoy the rest of 2014. We are not nearing the end of the world.