A To­tal Eclipse of Doom­say­ers is Un­likely

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The to­tal so­lar eclipse that 14 states in the US are to wit­ness later this month comes at a re­ally bad time. Not only is the ro­tund supremo of North Korea drop­ping dark hints about Guam within earshot of the nat­u­rally pug­na­cious US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, doom­say­ers have come up with an­other pre­dic­tion for the end of the world a lit­tle over a month later — Septem­ber 23, 2017. Dark­ness at dawn, a black moon, a rare line-up of stars, Bib­li­cal and Tal­mu­dic ref­er­ences, and sev­eral other hall­marks of a good dis­as­ter sce­nario are adding up nicely. So, it is not sur­pris­ing that the In­ter­net in par­tic­u­lar is awash in pre­dic­tions that a mys­tery planet called Nibiru — whose ex­is­tence is de­nied by sci­en­tists round the world — will slam into the Earth just as the sun is blot­ted out. Cur­tains for us earth­lings, in short. De­spite hav­ing been proved wrong count­less times in the recorded — and un­recorded — past, these soi dis­ant prophets de­serve credit for in­de­fati­ga­ble pos­i­tiv­ity about im­mi­nent apoc­a­lypse. This so­lar event, and even the sup­pos­edly sig­nif­i­cant align­ment of stars, have all hap­pened be­fore and we have lived to tell the tale. Un­doubt­edly, once this date passes, al­ter­na­tive dooms­day sce­nar­ios will be dug out, with other likely dates as early as 2020 and as dis­tant as 11120, in­clud­ing a dozen oth­ers in be­tween.

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