First off, the Mayan calendar ends with that year, prompting various talk-show hosts to predict this is the end of the world –– no, dummies, they just ran out of stone. It’s amazing their calendar lasted this long.

Things are shaping up for 2012. There’s potential that this may be the year of the century. I sure hope so. I’m pretty bored right now.

First off, the Mayan calendar ends with that year, prompting various talk-show hosts to predict this is the end of the world –– no, dummies, they just ran out of stone. It’s amazing their calendar lasted this long.

Supposedly, there are some words in the Bible that confirm this Armageddon, but there are words in the Bible for everything. And don’t forget Rasputin.

Still, something may happen next year that will blow your socks off. We’re talking two suns in the sky at the same time, and probably no night on Earth for months. This is not a TV preacher speaking, and it’s not Internet bloggerish. Astronomers, including Dr. Brad Carter, of Australia, believe it’s important to prepare us for this.

One of the night’s brightest stars, Betelgeuse, has been watched for centuries. As a kid, I looked at it with my telescope and kept a notebook of observations. It made for an “A” science fair project.

The star seems to be vibrating out there, getting brighter and dimmer and changing color, even in a cheap telescope.

Indeed, the star has problems. It’s burning mass and collapsing. Any day now it could explode, creating a super nova millions of times brighter than our sun.

U.S. astronomer Dr. Phil Plait adds there’s no way to tell when this might happen, but the star is on a short fuse. It may blow tonight, or it might not be for 100,000 years. Rats.

The media, bless their breathless pens, is not good at predicting Armageddon. They stopped sending out asteroid warnings after the New York Times on its front page offered a date and time for an impact — falsely. Warnings now come from documentary-disaster producers on the History Channel.

The big blow will flood Earth with neutrinos, but not to worry because the energy should pass right through us. It could actually be beneficial. Remember the Big Bang Theory that created Earth?

The Chinese documented the last star explosion about 1,000 years ago. There were two suns and no nights for weeks. They got over it, and we probably will, too.

Meanwhile, there’s nothing more fun to write about than the end of the world.