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The “dark rift” is a popular name for the broad and diffuse dust clouds in the
inner arm of the Milky Way Galaxy, which block our view of the galactic
center. The entire “galactic alignment” scare is pretty crazy. Late in
December the Sun is always approximately in the direction of the center of
the Galaxy as seen from the Earth, but so what? Apparently the con-men who are trying to scare you have decided to use these meaningless phrases about “alignments” and the “dark rift” and “photon belt” precisely because they are not understood by the public. It is too bad, but there is no law against lying on the Internet or anywhere else except in a court of law. As far as the safety of the Earth is concerned, the important threats are from global warming and loss of biological diversity, and perhaps someday from collision with an asteroid or comet, not the pseudoscientific claims about 2012.
Originally posted by DJW001
reply to post by Miccey
No. I would suggest you read some popular books on Astronomy to understand why this is not the case. It would take too long to explain here.
Originally posted by monkofmimir
reply to post by Jussi
Galaxy and solar system are big time different things.
As for were we are in the galaxy I vaguely remember, reading/seeing somewhere were near the outer rim of the galaxy, though dont hold me to that
Besides which many current hypothesis (or at least the ones I have read recently) suggest there is a super black hole at the centre of the galaxy, so if I thought we were heading towards the centre of the galaxy, I would we seriously worried.
Now before someone mentions the centre of the universe, as far as we know there inst one as, as according to current theory the universe is infinite and only finite things can have a centre.
As For the Multiverse I'm not even going there
[edit on 25-5-2010 by monkofmimir]
I heard somewere that this Sun, Earth, planets and center allignment
happens every year dec 21st..
In astronomy, a syzygy is the alignment of three or more celestial bodies in the same gravitational system along a straight line. The word is usually used in context with the Sun, Earth, and the Moon or a planet, where the latter is in conjunction or opposition. Solar and lunar eclipses occur at times of syzygy, as do transits and occultations. The term is also applied to each instance of new moon or full moon when Sun and Moon are in conjunction or opposition, even though they are not precisely on one line with the Earth.
The word 'syzygy' is often loosely used to describe interesting configurations of planets in general. For example, one such case occurred on March 21, 1894 at around 23:00 GMT, when Mercury transited the Sun as seen from Venus, and Mercury and Venus both simultaneously transited the Sun as seen from Saturn. It is also used to describe situations when all the planets are on the same side of the Sun although they are not necessarily found along a straight line, such as on March 10, 1982.
Originally posted by stereologist
reply to post by Miccey
I think only the Myans really knew whats to happen.
Why do you trust the Mayans? What do they know. Please inform us.