A couple of years ago Dark City director Alex Proyas made a big budget sci-fi movie titled “Knowing” that showed the end of the world. The apocalypse in his doomsday movie was caused by a massive solar flare that wiped out the entire planet in a avalanche of fire. Then Roland Emmerich destroyed the world in “2012” by having a solar flare melt the core of the Earth. Now NASA has completely debunked both theories (as well as a whole segment of Coast to Coast AM guests) by saying that such a deadly solar flare is scientifically impossible:
Given a legitimate need to protect Earth from the most intense forms of space weather â€“ great bursts of electromagnetic energy and particles that can sometimes stream from the sun â€“ some people worry that a gigantic “killer solar flare” could hurl enough energy to destroy Earth. 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.
So those people clinging to Mayan doomsday theories need to come up with some other crackpot idea…until NASA debunks that one as well.