doomsday stories

 
There's no reason you should be familiar with comet C/2010 X1 "Elenin." It's a relatively small ball of ice that's scheduled to pass us at a distance of 21 million miles on October 16th. If you are familiar with Elenin, it's either because you're an obsessive sky watcher, or because you've been reading too many doomsday and conspiracy websites.
 
Uh oh. "The Sun is waking up from a deep slumber," NASA 's Richard Fisher says. It looks like old Sol is going to be in a cranky mood when it becomes fully awake, ready to wreak havoc on gadgets across the globe. Could this be the 2012 disaster superstitious fraidy-cats are babbling about?