The top stories of 2011 are in the media along with the best songs of the year, best videos and best sports teams. They’re all there, the best of this and the best of that. There have truly been world changing events this past year. The stories range from the Arab Spring to the killing of Osama Bin Laden and Libyan strongman Colonel Gadaffi.
Radio evangelist Harold Camping even had some folks leaving their jobs and waiting for the Rapture which he had as May 21, 2011.This was his second prediction after missing his first date of Sept. 6, 1994. After May came and went he added a third date of Oct. 21, 2011. We’ve not heard from him again. Perhaps Harold thinks God made a change of plans and nobody is being swept away to heaven. It’s obvious he was using the Mayan Long Count end date of 12/21/12 and counting backwards to attempt calculating the time of the Rapture considering both his dates were the 21st.
The most interesting to me has been the number and intensity of natural disasters. Counting back from 12/21/12 you can make calculations using the solar orbits of our 9 planets for geological observations. Our solar orbits are as follows: Mercury 88 days, Venus 224.7 days, Earth 365.3 days, Mars 687 days, Jupiter 11.86 years, Saturn 29.45 years, Uranus 84.02 years, Neptune 164.8 years and Pluto 248 years.
With their long solar orbits it is easy to see that the outer planets have been at or near the galactic alignment waiting for the faster moving inner planets to all reach the galactic alignment point at the same time.
During the first quarter of this year there were two earthquakes in Chile which scientists told us moved the Earth slightly off its axis, and another large quake hit Christchurch, New Zealand. The most devastating one hit Japan causing the terrible tsunami that wreaked havoc on the coastal towns and villages sweeping far inland, not to mention the nuclear power plant.
During that first quarter Mercury, Venus and Mars all crossed the galactic alignment point within several weeks of each other and Earth crossed at the end of 2010. This was the closest to an actual alignment until the real one on 12/21/12. The additional gravitional pull of this near alignment certainly had an effect on our planet. Let’s hope and pray(if you’re religious) that the actual alignment isn’t a whole lot worst.
Source: Oxford Atlas of the World, CNN.com, Wikipedia