Dec 21 2012

Welcome to the Real Planetary Doomsday

It isn’t the one you think.

Sadly, NASA hasn’t been inundated with hundreds of phone calls per day from panic-stricken citizens about it, like NASA has about 12/21/12 and the end of the Mayan calendar.

Will our number finally come up today?

It’s isn’t about Nibiru (aka Planet X) that magically has escaped detection for decades and threatens any minute to swoop down on Earth and flip its poles or worse — trigger an instant replay of the cosmic disaster that took out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.

Indeed dark comet enthusiasts — including astronomer Jocelyn Bell who discovered pulsars in the 1960s — are right about the potential threat to Earth, but there is no astrophysical reason to expect our number to come up TODAY!

And it’s certainly not about galactic alignments, where earthquakes and tsunamis are triggered on Earth by the supermassive black hole lurking at the center of the Milky Way.

Let’s get real: even if a special Sun-Earth-Galaxy Center line-up existed today — which it doesn’t — the supermassive black hole is still 27,000 light years away. That’s a long, long way from us and its force is negligible.

The Real Planetary Doomsday we face today is that cuts in NASA funding are triggering the loss of a generation of planetary scientists.

According to Mark Sykes of the Planetary Science Institute:

The US solar system exploration program is supported by NASA-funded scientists at government facilities, universities, and private companies … Their work directly advances the strategic goals of the NASA Planetary Division and strongly contributes to STEM educational efforts across the country …

Sykes ominously concludes that due to NASA cuts:
“Younger planetary scientists in particular face an imminent crisis in their careers. They will be lost first. Many more will follow. The consequences will be long term.”

While this funding situation is expected to turn around dramatically as the mid-decade Maslow Window and “Critical State” begins to engulf the world, the fact remains that many planetary scientists face near-term challenges.

Despite the bright future just around the corner, many will be lost.

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