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It starts out innocently enough: a small speck against a field of background stars, barely noticeable in the image data. But… it’s a speck that wasn’t there before. Subsequent images confirm its existence – there’s something out there. Something bright, something large, and it’s moving through our solar system very quickly. The faint blur indicates that it’s a comet, an icy visitor from the outermost reaches of the solar system. And it’s headed straight toward Earth.
Exhaustive calculations are run and re-run. Computer simulations are executed. All possibilities are taken into consideration, and yet there’s no alternative to be found; our world will face a close encounter with a comet in mere months’ time. Phone calls are made, a flurry of electronic messages fly between computer terminals across the world, consultations are held with top experts in the field. We are unprepared… what can we do? What does this mean for civilization as we know it? What will this speeding icy bullet from outer space do to our planet?
The answer? Nothing.
Originally posted by Logman
So you spent hours looking at YouTube videos and you still don't understand why people are worried?
The ancient Chinese documented the appearance of Halley's Comet as early as 240 B.C.E. People used to believe that Halley's Comet brought about the fall of Jerusalem in 66 A.C.E. and the Huns' invasion of Rome in 373. Halley's Comet was also believed to have caused the death of King Harold II in the Battle of Hastings in 1066; it is even included in the famous Bayeux Tapestry depicting that event. Even when Halley's Comet returned in 1910, "comet hysteria" caused people to go hide in the mountains, buy gas masks and umbrellas -- even take "anti-comet pills" to protect them from the "noxious fumes" emitted by the comet.
Unusual Facts about Comets @ eHow
Originally posted by ashtonkusher
i still think it stands for
The idea was first put forward in 1995 by Nancy Lieder, founder of the website ZetaTalk. Lieder describes herself as a contactee with the ability to receive messages from extra-terrestrials from the Zeta Reticuli star system through an implant in her brain. She states that she was chosen to warn mankind that the object would sweep through the inner Solar System in May 2003 (though that date was later abandoned) causing Earth to undergo a pole shift that would destroy most of humanity. The predicted collision has subsequently spread beyond Lieder's website and has been embraced by numerous Internet doomsday groups, most of which link the event to the 2012 phenomenon. Although the name "Nibiru" is derived from the works of late ancient astronaut writer Zecharia Sitchin and his interpretations of Babylonian and Sumerian mythology, Sitchin denied any connection between his work and various claims of a coming apocalypse.