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During the last few years a lot of hype has been made of the
looming doomsday of December 21st, 2012. Much of the mythos backs up
this claim by alluding to the Mayan calendar’s so called “end” this month. That
declaration is easily busted by comparing our Gregorian calendar to the Mayan one.
Our calendar has a repeating cycle and so does the Mayan’s.
Still, the rumors persist. The world will reverse poles. The
continents will collide. A mysterious cloaked planet will come crashing down to
earth. However, according to the NASA website there is “no credible evidence
for any of the assertions made in support of unusual events taking place in
So what will happen? Well, I think the unusual events that
we’ve all been wondering about actually occurred this week! It was even a
planetary alignment of sorts.
First, Lonely Planet (LP), the worldwide publisher of travel
guide books declared its 2013 list of top US destinations to visit. And it came
as a pleasant surprise that Fairbanks was number two on their list! Lonely
Planet associated the choice with an astronomical collision of solar energy
that we know and admire—the aurora borealis. How divine is that?
Secondly, National Geographic ranked the Chena River State
Recreation high on their Best Winter Trips 2013 list. They recommended it in
part, for northern lights viewing!
Lastly, the stars aligned this week when the Alaska
Federation of Natives voted to bring back one of Alaska’s largest conventions
to Fairbanks. Perhaps this group of conference attendees will even see the
northern lights when they come to the Golden Heart City next October.
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