“Unless you have been living in a distant galaxy, I suppose you know the 21st of December 2012 is the “end of the world”, according to the Mayan calendar.”

How can we work out if this prediction is True or False?

While we’re all pretty sure’s it’s false, so let’s look why!

  1. There has been at least 183 ‘official’ so-called “end of the world” events in the last 2,000 years. And you know what? If you’re reading this, none of them have been true.
  2. In the mayan calendar, they had an “origin” date. Most specialists on this matter agree that it was (approximately) in August 3114 B.C., so we’re not even sure of that one. And every few thousand years, they had the end of a ‘cycle’. Taking the origin date and adding the number of years in a cycle, specialists found out that the date of the end of the cycle was…the 21st of December 2012. But like I said, it’s only the end of a cycle, it doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world. Just like we know that every 31st December, it’s the end of the year. Not the apocalypse.
  3. The Mayans never left any trace of what would happen at the end of the cycle, but they were great astronomers.

Here’s are a few situations commonly proposed by “Dooms-dayers”:

  • A planetary alignment: There is no special event with the solar system’s planets (see photo). Uranus and Neptune were unknown to the Mayas, so they are not represented (if it can make you sleep better at night, Uranus is long way up from the sun and Neptune also a long way up but a little more on the right).

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  • Solar Flares: Every 11 years, our Sun is more active than usual. When there are solar flares, a bunch of particles are ejected in space, but the magnetic field of our planet protects us. The worst that can happen is a disturbance of artificial satellites, radio transmissions or electric disturbances.( polar auroras are evidence of these particles, see photo)

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  • An Alignment with the center of the galaxy: There is an alignment with the center of the galaxy, BUT this happens every single year in the month of December. And it’s not even exact; there is a difference of 5° between the galactic center and the direction of the sun. (see photo)

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  • A planet or meteroite crashing down on us: If there was ever an astral object to come crashing down on us to make the end of the world, we would’ve simply seen it a long time ago, with all our super-telescopes.

The dangers of these kind of alerts aren’t even direct consequences. Like you may have noticed, everyone is talking about it, so the most sensible people will probably be faced with suicide, the fear of something happening to them.

What’s our CONCLUSION?

The Mayan calendar is unreliable. Nothing extraordinary will happen that day; there is as much chance that the 21st December, 2012 is the end of the world than the 7th of May 2025, the 28th of October 2074, and so on.

So you’re still going to have to buy those Christmas presents, because there will still be a 25th of December, 2012!

🙂

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