NASA: Civilization will end in 2013 (possibly)

‘Here comes the sun, doo-be-doo-do’

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“And there shall be signsStrongs 4592: semeion, say-mi´-on; neuter of a presumed derivative of the base of 4591; an indication, especially ceremonially or supernaturally: — miracle, sign, token, wonder. in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distressStrongs 4928: sunoche, soon-okh-ay´; from 4912; restraint, i.e. (figuratively) anxiety: — anguish, distress. of nations, with perplexityStrongs 640: aporia, ap-or-ee´-a; from the same as 639; a (state of) quandary:—perplexity.
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—Luke 21:25

In 2013, the earth will be attacked from space, with one possible outcome being mind-bogglingly severe disruption to our tech-centric way of life.

“The sun is waking up from a deep slumber, and in the next few years, we expect to see much higher levels of solar activity,” says Richard Fisher, head of NASA’s Heliophysics Division. “At the same time, our technological society has developed an unprecedented sensitivity to solar storms.”

Fisher’s comments came during the run-up to last week’s Space Weather Enterprise Forum 2010, at which scientists gathered to discuss how to prepare for the massive solar storms set to strike the earth in 2013.

“We know it is coming but we don’t know how bad it is going to be,” Fisher told the Daily Telegraph. “It will disrupt communication devices such as satellites and car navigations, air travel, the banking system, our computers, everything that is electronic. It will cause major problems for the world.”

The earth has been battered by solar storms before, but never has civilization been so vulnerable, since it’s now so dependent upon both electrical and electronic infrastructure.

In pre-electronic and barely electrical 1859, a “perfect space storm” shorted out telegraph lines in the US and Europe, causing numerous fires. It also made the Northern Lights visible as far south as Rome, Havana and Hawaii, according to NASA — contemporary accounts relate how a group of campers in the Rocky Mountains were awakened by an “auroral light, so bright that one could easily read common print. Some of the party insisted that it was daylight and began the preparation of breakfast.”

In 1921, a solar storm induced ground currents that crippled the New York transit system. In 1989, another solar storm brought down the entire Quebec power grid due to those pesky ground currents, and plunged six million people into darkness on a cold, cold Canadian night.

Fischer sees serious trouble ahead from the 2013 peak solar activity attacks. “I think the issue is now that modern society is so dependent on electronics, mobile phones and satellites, much more so than the last time this occurred,” he said. “There is a severe economic impact from this. We take it very seriously. The economic impact could be like a large, major hurricane or storm.”

That economic impact could be a “space weather Katrina,” according to a 2008 report from the US National Academies of Sciences’ Space Studies Board entitled Severe Space Weather Events: Understanding Societal and Economic Impacts.

“Strong auroral currents, which wreaked havoc with the telegraph networks during the [1859] event,” the report warns, “can disrupt and damage electric power grids and may contribute to the corrosion of oil and gas pipelines.

“Economic and societal costs attributable to impacts of geomagnetic storms could be of unprecedented levels,” the report concludes. The cost of hurricane Katrina, estimated to be between $81bn and $125bn, would be piddling when compared to the effect of a “future severe geomagnetic storm scenario,” which the report estimates could run as high as $1 trillion to $2 trillion in the first year. Depending on damage, the report contends, full recovery could take 4 to 10 years.

Scary estimates, indeed, but — as with that other scary eventuality, global climate change — preparation could help mitigate the effects of another “perfect space storm”.

Fisher told the Telegraph that precautions could include, for example, creating power-grid backup systems so that if transformers or giant load-balancing capacitors are fried by a solar outburst, Plan B could go into effect. “If you know that a hazard is coming … and you have time enough to prepare and take precautions, then you can avoid trouble,” he said.

You can keep tabs on what the sun is throwing at us at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Prediction Center. But don’t worry too much — after all, if the Mayan calendar is correct, we need not fret about 2013. ®

  1. JamesDodds, 19 June, 2010

    Unfortunatly this real threat is being shouted in the midst of many fake ones (global warming for example) and is likely not going to be avoided. It would seem we are overloaded with desasters both man made and natural these days.. why am i not surprised.

  2. t-man, 21 June, 2010

    Maybe a good solar storm is just what we need. IT will be a real test to see who really follows Jesus.

  3. Veronica, 21 June, 2010

    Well well, civilization over by 2013? I don’t think so. The rapture hasn’t occurred, then sometime after that will be the seven years of tribulation, then supernatural heavenly and earthly events will happen, many many of them horrific and terrible. I am glad I will not be here then, but 2013? well that depends on the Lord and His coming for His Church…

  4. Tess, 22 June, 2010

    We are a technological society…this event is real and like many real issues it is being over shadowed by other more pressing stories like the possible heart break of Robert Pattinson from Twilight. ” Are they engaged…are they not?”
    We are so easily distracrated and entertained by the meaningless drama of others. We seek it as an escape… as a blind fold.
    The reality is, we are headed for some very rough times in times that are proving to be already exceedingly difficult. We cling to the novelties that tend to make life easier like cell phones, microwaves, computers, i-pods, television, even the simple swipe of a check card.
    All of these things I partake in. I love the convenience of them, I honestly do. But I must admit that I am much too dependant on these things, just like everyone else. What would the country do if the reprocussions of the solar storms took out many of these conveniences? What would I do?
    Such culture shock would surely bring on a sense of chaos and desperation. 2013 does not sound like a fun year, lol.

  5. MikeD777, 22 June, 2010

    There will not be a pre-tribulation “rapture”. When all hell breaks loose, don’t curse God. It’s a lie from the father of lies. Just like Sunday being the Sabbath day. Saturday is the true Sabbath. Don’t believe me? Do your own research on the web. Before our pagan government shuts it down.

  6. becca, 24 June, 2010

    Ditto, Tess.

  7. Phintfog, 25 June, 2010

    MikeD777, sad that anyone would believe, or want to believe, that the rapture will not happen before the tribulation. The Bible says that the Tribulation is the wrath of God poured out on the unbeliever and also says we (Christians) are not subject to wrath. So if we are not subject to wrath and the tribulation is wrath, then the only conclusion is that the rapture will happen before the Tribulation. I’m not saying we don’t have more trials to face, just that the rapture will happen before the tribulation starts. Come Lord Jesus.

  8. Erin, 16 July, 2010

    What a wonderful God we serve! Would something like this not be the perfect scenario to lead the world into what we read about in Revelation and what many of the prophets warned about? Can you see Jesus returning for His elect just as airplanes plummet, lights go out, chaos ensues? This would be the opportune time for the great deceiver to rise up with a ‘great plan’ to create a one world government and trading system. How better for the neigh sayers to explain the righteous ones’ disappearance. “Surely, they must have perished during the cataclysmic after effects of solar flares.” Better yet, no explanation would have to be given. People, both the righteous and the evil, would perish when the horrific events leading to the end of days begin. This would be a much easier pill to swallow than aliens, don’t you think?

  9. Hurocket, 26 October, 2010

    Uh, if the earth’s major electronic functions are severly disrupted, how is the Antichrist going to control everyone with the mark, etc., so forth and so on. The sixes just don’t add up on this one.

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