As we all wait for the world to be struck by an asteroid / succumb to the reversal of the poles / simply explode on Friday 21 December, robotic telescope service Slooh has decided to help clear up the confusion. It has organised live video sessions of the world beyond the earth, so we can see any potential threats before they strike the planet.
According to Space.com, Slooh’s space camera will be broadcasting a range of expert discussions and views of space (via Google Hangouts) throughout the week, leading up to the day the Mayan long count comes to an end. The sessions will explore various doomsday scenarios, like the possibility the earth will be hit by a rouge comet, collide with a mysterious planet called Nibiru or burn up in a solar storm.
“Rather than merely offer scientists’ dismissals of the many silly doomsday scenarios that have now been heard by almost everyone in the world, and which have reportedly produced panic in Russia, Slooh will take a ‘let’s see for ourselves’ attitude,” said participant Bob Berman.
The views of space will be broadcast from Slooh’s observatories in the Canary Islands and Arizona. Since the group’s camera is not controlled by any governments, it hopes viewers will be more inclined believe what they are seeing and not think that information has been kept from them or that the footage has somehow been doctored by political powers.
Two shows it has already produced this week can be found on its YouTube channel.
Scientists at NASA and other organisations have reiterated repeatedly that 21 December will just be another winter solstice, and the world will continue spinning along as before.