By Deborah Netburn
7:00 AM PST, December 20, 2012
The end of the world could be broadcast on the Internet.
As the date of the supposed Mayan doomsday approaches, the website Slooh.com will be live-streaming feeds from its telescopes in the Cayman Islands and Arizona -- keeping a close watch on the skies for rogue asteroids, monster solar flares and wayward secret planets.
"Rather than merely offer scientists' dismissals of the many silly doomsday scenarios that have now been heard by almost everyone in the world ... Slooh will take a 'let's see for ourselves attitude,'" said Bob Berman, an Astronomy magazine columnist who will offer commentary on some of the feeds.
Slooh's end-of-the-world programming started Wednesday evening and will conclude on Friday.
What you will see is almost certainly nothing out of the ordinary. NASA scientists and Mayan scholars say there is no reason to fear Dec. 21. They say the date simply marks the end of one 5,125-year cycle of the complex Mayan calendar and the beginning of another one.
Still, it's always fun to take a break from work and check in on outer space for a few minutes; the rumored end of the world is as good an excuse as any.
At 10 a.m. Thursday Slooh will start broadcasting a live feed of the sun from the Prescott Observatory so we can see for ourselves whether a mega, earth-ending solar flare is brewing.
Other live streams and feeds will be announced on the site throughout Thursday and Friday.
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