“Admire the beauty but fear the beast.”

What’s your nightmare?

From APOD:


Explanation: Admire the beauty but fear the beast. The beauty is the aurora overhead, here taking the form of great green spiral, seen between picturesque clouds with the bright Moon to the side and stars in the background. The beast is the wave of charged particles that creates the aurora but might, one day, impair civilization. Exactly this week in 1859, following notable auroras seen all across the globe, a pulse of charged particles from a coronal mass ejection (CME) associated with a solar flare impacted Earth’s magnetosphere so forcefully that they created the Carrington Event. A relatively direct path between the Sun and the Earth might have been cleared by a preceding CME. What is sure is that the Carrington Event compressed the Earth’s magnetic field so violently that currents were created in telegraph wires so great that many wires sparked and gave telegraph operators shocks. Were a Carrington-class event to impact the Earth today, speculation holds that damage might occur to global power grids and electronics on a scale never yet experienced. The featured aurora was imaged last week over Thingvallavatn Lake in Iceland, a lake that partly fills a fault that divides Earth’s large Eurasian and North American tectonic plates.

Of course TEOTWAWKI doesn’t have to be sparked by a CME.  It could be a pandemic, a man-made EMP, an economic meltdown, a massive earthquake or volcanic event, cyber attacks, etc. etc. etc.

Here are a couple titles to freak you out a bit as summer ends and the weather changes.






There are many others in this genre, of course.  This is a mere sampling.

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4 Responses to “Admire the beauty but fear the beast.”

  1. Kerry says:

    “The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
    It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
    It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
    Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?”
    Hopkins, certainly.

  2. pannw says:

    As I was reading this, my mind automatically changed your sentence to, “Here are a couple titles to freak you out a bit as the Year of Mercy ends on the same day the ‘Great sign in the heavens’ begins.” And I admit, I’m a little freaked out. Interesting times…

    Kyrie eleison.

  3. I am surprised this is real I initally thought it was photoshopped. I would add Tribulation, Trial and Triumph by Desmond A. Birch, which can be gotten on Amazon, – it’s all about Catholic prophecy and the End Times.

  4. Marcus de Alameda says:

    climate change bumper sticker:
    “Stop Solar Flares and Volcanic Eruptions – Now!


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