The doomsday polar clock

 by Jerry Kroth

This crop circle appeared on July 18, 2021. 1It was marvelously exact. And curiously it was erased just two days later.

The theories expressed in the crop circle connector were not particularly compelling to me (comets, Quetzalcoatal head dresses, feathered serpents, a Mayan Dreamspell calendar, alien visits, etc.), but one idea stood out, “a polar clock.”

I knew nothing about a polar clock, so we will discuss that shortly, but by way of introduction, let us observe two absolutely astonishing things.

First, I blew up the photo of the crop circle and made some measurements. I wanted make sure this wasn’t made by humans. When I enlarged three segments of the circle and measured them, I noticed they were exactly 3 cm wide. Not 3.1 cm wide, just exactly 3.0. Here is that little research project in graphic form:

So these 3 cm-wide figures from the blown-up photo makes you think: how did humans capture that much precision in the middle of the night vandalizing a farmer’s field without anyone noticing, and without a single barking dog.

Not likely.

That was the first clue that it was extraterrestrial. Then I wrote to a noted crop circle maker (human!) and asked him if he knew of any teams who made it. He he didn’t know anyone or any team claiming authorship.

The third reason why I felt this might qualify as extraterrestrial was that the “lay” of the crop was also incredible gentle, precise and impressive

I tried to get some confirmation and get in touch with the farmer. Upham has a population of 616 in the UK. I wrote to the Upham Parish town council and a kind lady said she knew who the farmer was, a woman, and that she would pass on my question. I asked the farmer if she heard anyone, if it all appeared mysteriously, and then I asked her the most important question of all: who erased it! She said that, no, she did not see or hear anyone making it, but that she herself erased it by flattening it.

More properties to consider

The only “theory” I found intriguing was that it represented a polar clock. I had no idea what a polar clock was. Here is a brief description of how a polar clock works. The outside rungs are smaller units and the closer you get to the interior, the larger. So seconds are displayed on the outer rim, followed by minutes, hours, day of the week, and month. (See below) for how to read May 2, at 9:26 am.


What is intriguing is that a polar clock does not specify the year. Let me give you an example. This is just a few seconds before New Years Eve followed by a few seconds on January 1. This is how these two polar clocks might look. On your left you see New Year’s Eve about 8 seconds before midnight. When it crosses to New Year’s Day the clock seems to start all over again (seconds, days, month, etc.)

Polar clock, 8 seconds before midnight on New Year’s Eve (left) followed by polar clock a few seconds into New Year’s Day. For a video of this process go here

So if we are to compare this crop circle to a polar clock and think that it might be specifying a date in time, first we need to turn our crop circle around so we see it vertically. Here is that rendition. I’ve drawn a red line into the crop circle so you can see it is pointing vertically, and then it connects to three elements of the circle, the very outer figure, then the figure on the outer most circle, then the figure on the second inner circle.

It almost looks like 4 o’clock, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

The inner core of the crop circle

There is almost an invisible component to this crop circle that can only be truly seen under magnification. Let’s take a look (right). A crop circle investigator at who only gave his initials was kind enough to trace the 18 figures, 9 triangles and 9 squares, which surround the nucleus of this circle. They are almost invisible when you look at the circle from a distance. Here is that inner core:

Now the inner core of the crop circle “aligns” with elements in the rest of the circle. I enlarged the central nucleus of the crop circle so you can see how the lines cut through these 18 triangle-square segments, and you can see that it identifies the border between 7, a triangle and 8, a square.

Say what?

This may seem a bit confusing so let us take this step by step and review how we got here.

Here is the original crop circle rotated to the vertical on your left and the same crop circle with a red line drawn in connecting certain elements.

Now look again at the enlarged center of the crop circle unedited (left) and then edited with squares and triangles right. These two photos follow:

The actual core of the crop circle (left) and then the core edited to show the 9 squares and 9 triangles which surround the core.

With that review, I am now going to enlarge that core and show how the lines align and intersect. Can you see that the red lines and the white lines I have drawn align perfectly?

And they cut through the number 1 and cross at the exact border between 7 and 8.

Exploring the meaning

Let us put this puzzle together. First, I wrote to the developer of the polar clock app on Google Chrome to get a little tutoring. He confirmed that a polar clock does not specify the year, only seconds, minutes, day, and month. Secondly, the polar clock gets to larger and larger units only as you get closer to the center. Seconds are out on the perimeter. Months are closer to the center. So what then is at the very center of a polar clock?


Seems logical to me.

This crop circle is identifying years around the central nucleus, 9 squares and 9 triangles.

Is that giving a year?

Well, the crop circle was planted in a field on July 18, 2021, so it would seem to be identifying a period 7 years later or 2028.

If you are following my inscrutable logic the next question is “What is going to happen in 2028?” Good or bad? A happy outcome or a frightening scenario? Will a comet hit Earth and destroy it —see the Heck hypothesis. Will a Great Depression throw humanity into famine and dystopia by 2028? See economist Nouriel Roubini. Will this be the end of the fourth turning?—see Neil Howe and William Straus. Will World War Three erupt? What is the prognostication?

What in God’s name is supposed to happen in 2028?

My best guess, I think, will surprise you. This crop circle has been placed into a field 7 years earlier for a reason, namely to give humanity a chance to do something about it. It is an early warning, which means it is given to us so we can avert some kind of disaster. This is a time-sensitive crop circle. It implies we need to act.

We have 7 years.

What does that remind you of?

Let’s talk about climate change!

If there is anything where we can see a disaster on the horizon which we still could do something about, it is climate change. I actually wrote a text, Ecocide, on that subject, then made a video-lecture describing the book, then did a second one, because something terrible was happening. Climate change was happening much faster than we thought even a few years ago.

I noticed C02 concentrations were increasing at 3.2 parts per million every year. I checked with climate scientists. After all, I’m just a psychologist. I needed to vet these numbers before taking them any further. Two climate scientists said that indeed increasing C02 concentrations of 3.2 parts per million per year was not an exaggeration.

That ostensibly innocuous statistic is not innocuous at all. It means we will cross the threshold for 1.5 degrees of warming (430 ppm of C02) in just a few years. We don’t have decades as we previously thought.

And we will cross the threshold for 2 degrees of warming (450 ppm) by 2030. [Ppm, by the way stands for ‘parts per million of carbon dioxide.’]

One scientist wrote with an additional caveat. He said that increasing 3.2 ppm per year is not a “constant” The rate of increase is also increasing! In other words we may hit 450 ppm, the threshold for 2 degrees of warming, before 2030.

Now remember that reaching a C02 threshold like 450 ppm does not immediately imply we will be at 2 degrees of warming. It takes a few years more before the Earth actually warms to what is predicted. But once we cross 450 ppm, our time is up, the first tipping point will have been breached.

And what is the first tipping point? It is the Arctic permafrost carbon-methane bomb!

When the permafrost melts, twice as much C02 and methane will be spewed into the atmosphere. We will go from 450 ppm to 900 ppm when that melting happens. It will happen slowly, but it will happen autonomously—read irreversibly—when we hit 450 ppm.

That is the threshold. And at an increasing rate of 3.2 ppm per year, we will hit 450 ppm in 2030.

But this crop circle is telling us something different.

It is telling us this is all going to happen in 2028, two years earlier.

Two years earlier than we expected.

We will have run out of time to stop this process.

Our time is up.

We have 7 years.

A foreboding postscript

If you will permit exploring one additional clue. If we are right, that this is a polar clock pointing to a seven year “deadline,” why is this crop circle also showing an 18 year clock with 9 triangles and 9 squares positioned around the central nucleus?

Why 18 years?

That is another important benchmark? That would take us out to 2039—18 years from the crop circle’s appearance.

Is 2039 some important date in climate change prognostication?

The answer I’m afraid is yes. Here is the explanation:

We will likely hit the “threshold” for two degrees of warming in 7 years, 2028—so says this crop circle—but that is the threshold, the 450 ppm mark of C02. It is not the moment the Earth actually warms to two degrees.

That is only the tipping point where there is nothing any longer that humans can do to stop the cascade of arctic warming that will be unleashed. At 450 ppm, even if we stopped all fossil fuel burning entirely, the die will have been cast and permafrost melt will become impossible to stop.

Earth will not warm to two degrees for many years after that 450 level. The Earth may not achieve 2 degrees of warming until 2039. A Stanford study concluded exactly that. 2

So we ask, ‘why is 2 degrees important?’

The answer seems to be that two degrees constitutes an important extinction event. At 2 degrees the IPCC estimates 18 percent of land animals will face extinction. 3 Human beings are also land animals. That means 18 percent—let’s call it 1 in 5 human beings— will face extinction too. Environmental scientist, Professor Guy MacPherson, corroborates that observation and expects human extinction to begin at that time. 4

So having a polar clock spanning 18 years until 2039 may not be arbitrary nor accidental. It is a polar clock after all, and the first major tipping point to be breached is the Arctic, polar, tipping point. If the clock lists 18 years left, that kind of says it all, does it not?

Translating the message

In my book Messages from the Gods: a scientific exposition on the extraterrestrial origin of crop circles. I discussed 42 crop circles all putatively from out alien brethren. I tried to translate the message of the crop circles into English.

Here is the English translation for this crop circle:

You must stop all fossil fuel burning. If you continue, your planet’s permafrost will release vast amounts of fatal gases. If you fail to stop your emissions by at least 2028, your species will begin to face extinction in 18 years.


Jerry Kroth, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor Emeritus from Santa Clara University and may be contacted through his website


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Thanks to Horace Drew, Randy Crum, Alex Morris, Andy Thomas and the authors at the cropcircleconnector for their critiques and inspiration.



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