Getting a ticket for prime seats in a major global or international event such as the Olympics opening or the Miss Universe beauty pageant would cost hundreds of dollars. However, one universal event that people all over the world are anticipating could be viewed anywhere.
This is an artist's concept of that planet, HAT-P-7b or Kepler 2b. Credit: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)
All that people have to do on midnight of Dec 21, 2012 to see if the end-of-the-world prediction would come to pass or be classified a hoax is to bring out a chair and a telescope on the front yard and gaze at the sky.
However, for people who may want to have a clearer and nearer view of the skies that anticipated night, they can watch Slooh Space Camera's broadcast of live events at its Web site (www.slooh.com), designed to help the public monitor the arrival of mysterious deadly planets, giant tides, blackouts and other cosmic phenomena feared to destroy the Earth, if any.
The series will feature different areas of concern and include images from the camera's observatories in Arizona and Canary Islands
Slooh Camera Camera is a channel dedicated to astronomy and has featured in the past several celestial events such as the Asteroid Toutatis last week
the Transit of Venus in June
the Auroras in April
and the Lunar Eclipse in June 2011.
Ahead of Dec 21, NASA has prepared and released a video titled Why the World Didn't End Yesterday to explain why the doomsday prediction did not come to pass.
Besides NASA, other scientific and religious groups have debunked the Armageddon scenario mistakenly linked with the end of the Mayan Long Count Calendar and start of a New Year under the 13th Baktun.
The grim predictions include a massive sun eruption, collision with a rogue planet and an asteroid hit.
"Rather than merely offer scientists' dismissal of the many silly doomsday scenarios that have now been heard by almost anyone in the world, and which have reportedly produced panic in Russia, Slooh will take a 'let's see for ourselves' attitude," Astronomy Magazine columnist Bob Berman said in a statement.
However, some believers of the prediction are not taking any chances and have booked expensive accommodations in Bugarach in France, the pyramid-shaped Mount Rtanj in Serbia and Sirince in Turkey, where thousands have flocked to seek protection in case the predictions would turn out to be true.