The things such as life, death are real. We can say that because we see it happen all around us. But when we talk about the end of the world, some people may believe in it, and others don’t. Not so long time ago, there is a chaos about the end of the world at 2012. Many people talk about it. Many books speak up about it. A movie is made about it. Here the science talks about it.
When the science talks about the end of the world, it talks with astronomy knowledge. Earth, is our planet which is having a revolution (surround the sun) in 365 1/4 days. We already know that many creature lives depend on the sun. For example, the plant or trees depend on the sun light to make their food and make O2 for human. But on the other hand, the sun activity called solar cycle has another impact to the earth. There are two radiations happen here. First, it comes as electromagnetic waves. Second it comes in a particle. The electronic wave reaches the earth in 8 hours. The particles reach the earth in 2 – 4 days, but we can know it before hand because we keep eye on the solar activity, so we can prepare. Both radiation have a huge effect on space weather and then to the earth itself. For example it makes damage on solar cell on the satellite or any other tool, and then it reduces the satellite lifetime. Another example is happened in March 1989 because of the solar storm, down of power happen in 9 hours which cause much damage. Another indication of the particle comes from the sun got to the earth can be seen in a beautiful form called aurora. The aurora at north and south poles of the earth happen because of the meeting between the sun particles and earth particles. So, the more beauty we see the aurora, the more activity happen on the sun. In a book about the end of the world said about the year is come up because it’s based on the end of Mayan calendar is 2012. Another point of view, from science talks about it because of their observation on solar cycle at 2008, that they predict the top of cycle on solar activity become greater than before that can make a huge impact to the earth such called the end of the world. But the newest prediction comes from the observation on solar cycle at 2010, there will be a shifting that the top of the cycle will be happen in 2013 – 2014 and it will be lower than before which may not caused so called the end of the world. With the observation that having a huge data that can be process using data mining may come up with another prediction. But then, anything can happen.
Talks about the end of the world are same as talks about death in a greater range. As a Muslim, I believe in the end of the world will be happen. When the question about “when will it happen” comes up, it stills a mystery. Just Allah knows about it. For me, after comes and hears about the end of the world in science point of view, I got a new knowledge about things. Such as the solar cycle, aurora, and space weather. If I not come to the class, I may never know that the beauty of an aurora comes as a sign of solar activity that may be will cause a bad impact on the earth. Knowing about the end of the world will definitely happen make me realize another important thing. The finite time we live our life, we have to make the most of it. Do the best and Allah will care the rest.
Essay at the third meeting, 21th May 2011