In my previous post I suggested that 2022 was arriving like a Medieval butt-trumpet, with all that this implies. This wasn’t entirely for satirical effect though, you have to admit, Medieval butt-trumpets are pretty funny. But there’s a serious issue behind it (see what I did there). Back at the beginning of 2021 I joined … More Predictions for 2022 – what’s going to happen?
There was a time when the apocalypse seemed close. The climate was changing. It was a time of unprecedented storms, when crops failed and the people went hungry. Governments fell before an unprecedented wave of popular change. A mercenary army roamed the lands in the name of religious zeal, destroying all before it and seizing … More When the apocalypse loomed
Apparently Earth is going to be destroyed by Niburu this month. Again. That didn’t happen last time somebody predicted Niburu was on the way. Or the time before. Or the 286,383 times before that. But once again, it’s predicted, this time by a Christian numerologist using a combination of ancient Egyptian markings in one of … More Niburu doom is on its way… again…
This week’s news that a previously unsuspected magnitude 8+ mega-quake could hit central New Zealand and then douse the place with tsunami isn’t too surprising to me. I wrote the most recent pop-sci book on our earthquakes. It was published by Penguin Random House last year. While I was writing the book I had a chat … More And now Kiwis are facing a potential mega-quake and tsunami. But of course…
A major earthquake rattled much of the southern North Island of New Zealand during the early hours of Tuesday morning – magnitude 5.5. It woke Kiwis from southern Hawke’s Bay to Wellington and was classed as ‘strong’ by our seismologists. Luckily nobody was hurt, and no damage was reported. Good news in a land where … More Living on shaky ground – out this week
Back in 2013, I wrote a piece that mashed Pope Benedict’s resignation with the science of the meteorite that exploded over Russia. I was Freshly Pressed by WordPress on the back of it. Good stuff. This weekend, a similarly sized chunk of space debris – about 20 metres in diameter – is rolling past Earth with … More Close encounters of the meteor kind – this weekend
After last week’s post on a Carrington storm – a solar event able to do large-scale damage to anything electrical, especially power grids. I fielded a few questions which deserved a post. And I had some new ones of my own… Does the whole Earth get hit? The issue isn’t the Coronal Mass Ejection that goes with the … More Beware the next Carrington storm – a Q&A wrap-up
Well, the first ‘blood moon’ of 2014’s come and gone. I missed it – the night sky where I live was socked in with 10/10 overcast at an altitude of about 200 metres. Still, I’ll have another chance on 8 October. And another on 4 April 2015. And a fourth on 28 September that year. Although … More The science behind this year’s blood moons
We’re all doomed, apparently. A NASA-backed science study says so. That’s more credible than stupid ideas about Mayan calendar dates (the world ended on 21 December 2012…didn’t it?) or the teachings of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (world’s end in 2010), or the deranged spoutings of former French pharmacist, Michel de Nostradame (1984 or … More Science says we’re all doomed. Neatypoos.
It’s in a nebula with the boring name of NGC-3372, and the un-boring name of Homunculus, maybe 7,500 light years from Earth. It’s called Eta Carinae. But you might call it the Death Star. Luckily for us, it’s not pointed our way. We think. It’s currently a million times more powerful than the Sun, but … More Forget Star Wars – here’s the real-life Death Star