I know it only happens every 26,000 years, and the sun lines up with the center of the milky way, but is this real or not? And i know it has something to do with the 2012 phenomenon?
Lines up with what? On virtually any day any time you can draw a line between the sun and the center of the galaxy, we need a third point for this to make any sense at all.the sun lines up with the center of the milky way
I think the third point would have to be earth, but yes, it is all nonsense. The 26,000 years is earth's precession - it has nothing to do with any alignment of the earth, sun and galactic center, which is a pretty meaningless thing.Lines up with what? On virtually any day any time you can draw a line between the sun and the center of the galaxy, we need a third point for this to make any sense at all.
Personally I think this is all nonsense. Please find better sources for your information.
Although I'm a one post noob, and you're a venerated member of the PF community, I have to say your attitude isn't very cool. Instead of wasting the thirty seconds it took you to point out that you were wasting time, you could have ignored the post altogether, OR you could have used google.... why worry about it or even waste time discussing it?
That's more meaningless than any observation of nature, as just about everything said in it is completely factually wrong.Although I'm a one post noob, and you're a venerated member of the PF community, I have to say your attitude isn't very cool. Instead of wasting the thirty seconds it took you to point out that you were wasting time, you could have ignored the post altogether, OR you could have used google.
That's literally the first thing that comes up for me in google. It references actual astronomy. The accuracy of the source is always up for debate. This is a great place for sorting that kind of thing out.
And yes, it's meaningless. But it's meaningless the same way any observation of nature is meaningless...
Speaking for myself, I have never seen a reference to a "galactic alignment" that wasn't motivated in some way by 2012 crackpottery. The concept simply has no meaning to real astronomers. As such:You might be onto something there jackmell. I didn't take the original post to be of the we're all going to die in 2012 variety. Hahaha. Maybe I missed something.
There aren't any. It is like asking for an accurate site discussing the moon hoax.Maybe you could lead us to a more accurate site?
Ehh - I misread the main point. That author presents the issue differently than most I've seen. Rather than talking about an alignment with the galactic center, as is typically proposed (and what the OP says), he's talking about an alignment with the galactic plane. In any case, several problems:Perhaps you might point out some of the major errors in the link I posted previously?
I think you're being too hard on us Chronos. I don't believe in Astrology or the 2012 thing. I'm 100% Astronomy and I believe celestial alignments can be interesting in their own right. Surely lunar and solar eclipses are interesting. The transit of Venus is interesting. The various Milankovitch cycles are very interesting to name a few. I think it's a little harsh for you to imply just because we find alignments interesting we think the earth is the center of the Universe.In defense of Integral, he was trying to address a point that is superficially interesting, but scientifically moot. Understanding the difference is worth mentioning. Our galaxy does not have a well defined 'equator', and our solar system is aligned on that putative plane all the time. It's all astrology to me. The 2012 alignment is based strictly on the earth-sun alignment with a weakly defined galactic plane. That, at best, is a geocentric coincidence. It sounds very important if you assume earth is the center of the universe.
I did and it was marvelous! The year was about well, I don't remember exactly, say 1980 or so. I didnt' know before that day the shadow of a solar eclipse was passing not far from my home. We went to a place I thought other would be and sure enough hundreds were there with their telescopes. It was around noon, it got (relatively) dark, streetlight came on, the birds started making noise, everyone was so excited and happy to share their scopes for a look see. Yeah, I really liked it. :)Not all alignments are created equal: if you go outside during an eclipse you can't help but notice.
From my understanding I don't think the Mayan's had any specific design on the year 2012. Their calendar will continue on counting the days just like any other. When a month ends you just flip the page for a new month. Being that the calendar is based upon astronomical observation, something had to line up some point. And as it so happens Hollywood, or someone, crunched the numbers for a possible doomsday storyline they could sell. Just my thoughts.Thanks russ_watters. I'll never trust the first thing google shows me again! (jk)
I'd say the Mayans were real astronomers. They choose 2012 for some reason or another. It could have been a completely random choice. I don't really know enough about it to speculate. There will definitely be something cool to see in 2012. There's something interesting in the sky every night... if the seeing is good.