Year 2012 is another BEST YEAR for me. It’s the Year of the (Water) Dragon. It’s a leap year of the Gregorian Calendar. Being a year of the dragon, 2012 has so many attributes to a person: innovative, enterprising, flexible, self-assured, brave, passionate, conceited, tactless, scrutinizing, unanticipated, and quick-tempered.
In contrast, being a leap year 2012 has doubts of being an unlucky year for some. Though, i always have this optimism in life but i have reservations if 2012 will be similar to 1988 (Year of the Earth Dragon) and 2000 (Year of the Metal Dragon).
The clouds of doubt for 2012 that i have felt are pointing to its being a leap year and being a water dragon. I was born on the year of the fire horse. My year’s experience would be compared to a boiling pot whenever a year’s element is water. However, water has a calming effect on the Dragon’s fearless temperament.
My LUCKY DRAGONS: I was lucky in 1988 having got employed in ABS-CBN that year. I also considered 2000 as another lucky year for me having promoted to News Manager for ABS-CBN Davao and also i got my first vehicle that year.
2012 is something different. Many times i’ve read about 2012. I watched last night, with my family, the highly-anticipated film “2012” in SM Cinema. In the film, the year is catastrophic–end of the world where lots of water and flood submerged the earth like the time of Noah. The earth’s leaders are ready–they built a modern Noah’s Ark. It’s a powerful ship that is built at the border of Tibet and China where it is expected to be the last to be hit by the catastrophe. But unlike Noah, only a selected people are allowed to board the ships and will form the new civilization of a new Earth. Here’s the video review of The New York Post:
2012 is said the end of the Mayan Long Count Calendar which would last 5,125 years or the Earth’s life will end on December 21 or 23, 2012. Many things have been told about the 2012 phenomenon–from mythology to prophecies and are spread through books and documentaries and over several web sites.
One of the most discussed but mostly ridiculed 2012 story is the Nibiru Collission Theory which says that a big planet (X-Planet) will come close to Earth’s orbit and proposes an alien transfer to Earth. Watch the video:
Whether or not 2012 shall end, some events are already scheduled. Here are some expected events in 2012 related to science, according to wikipedia:
- January 31 – 433 Eros, the second-largest Near Earth Object on record (size 13×13×33 km) will pass Earth at 0.1790 astronomical units (26,778,019 km; 16,639,090 mi). NASA studied Eros with the NEAR Shoemaker probe launched on February 17, 1996.
- May 20 – Annular solar eclipse, a Sunday. Path of annularity runs through the Pacific Ocean from northern China to California.
- June 6 – The second and last solar transit of Venus of the century. The next pair is predicted to occur in 2117 and 2125.
- December 3 – Jupiter in opposition.
- December 21 – The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, notably used by the pre-Columbian Maya civilization among others, completes a “great cycle” of thirteen b’ak’tuns (periods of 144,000 days each) since the mythical creation date of the calendar’s current era. On this day the Long Count date at creation—written 188.8.131.52.0 in modern notation, equivalent to August 11, 3114 BC in the proleptic Gregorian calendar—is repeated for the first time in a span of a little over 5,125 solar years. The completion of this cycle and the repetition of the previous Creation’s Long Count ending date have been central to the 2012 phenomenon. Academic researchers have not concluded that the ancient Maya themselves attached similar significance to this point in time.
- December 23 – An alternative date for the completion of the thirteenth B’ak’tun in the Long Count calendar, calculated using another version of the GMT correlation which is supported by a few Mayanist researchers.
- Ireland will cease analog television broadcasts.
- China will launch the Kuafu spacecraft.
- Pleiades, a proposed super computer built by Intel and SGI for NASA‘s Ames Research Center, will be completed, reaching a peak performance of 10 Petaflops (10 quadrillion floating point operations per second).
- Sequoia, a proposed super computer built by IBM for the National Nuclear Security Administration will be completed, reaching a peak performance of 20 Petaflops.
- Start of the commercial operation of the first unit from the Novovoronezh Nuclear Power Plant II.
- The 108 ft (33 m) Elwha Dam and 210 ft (64 m) Glines Canyon Dam will be removed from the Elwha River in Washington state, marking the largest dam removal project in history.
- The Canberra class light aircraft carriers/large amphibious ships, the largest ships ever to be operated by the Royal Australian Navy, will be in service.
- On the sun, the solar maximum of Solar Cycle 24 in the 11-year sunspot cycle is forecast to occur. Solar Cycle 24 is regarded to have commenced January 2008, and on average will reach its peak of maximal sunspot activity around 2012. The period between successive solar maxima averages 11 years (the Schwabe cycle), and the previous solar maximum of Solar Cycle 23 occurred in 2000–2002. During the solar maximum the sun’s magnetic poles will reverse.
- The United Kingdom will complete a 5-year process to cease analogue television broadcasts region-by-region, with Meridian Broadcasting, ITV London, Tyne Tees Television and UTV being the last areas to switch off analogue.
- Portugal will also cease their analogue television broadcasts, after a 4-year simulcast with digital ones. After that, DVB broadcasts will be the only system to be used in television (DVB-C for cable, DVB-T for terrestrial and DVB-S for satellite). The five free-to-air channels on terrestrial network will also start broadcasting in high-definition 24-hours a day.