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Doomsday 2012

Is the Earth near the end?

Mayan Calendar

A new movie, 2012, will be in theatres on November 13. The movie is about the recent Doomsday in 2012 hoax. In the movie, the connection between the ending of the Mayan calendar (on December 21, 2012), and the end of the World is featured. This hoax actually has been around for a few years. A large number of internet resources give impressions about what is going to happen in December 21, 2012. Just search for "2012".

Can it be real?

The Top 3 recent theories related with 2012 are discussed below:

  • Mayan Calendar ends in December 21, 2012.

The Mayan Calendar (or Mesoamerican Long Count Calendar) is a cyclic calendar that consists of sets of numbers. For example 8.3.2.10.15 represents 8 baktuns, 3 katuns,  2 tuns, 10 unials and 15 days after the creation of the calendar (Similar to the calendar we use today; 10.29.2009). In the Mayan calendar, December 21, 2012 (in Gregorian calendar) is represented by 13.0.0.0.0, which is a new millennium in the Mayan calendar, rather than the end of the calendar. You will probably remember similar hoaxes when we entered in a new millennium (in Gregorian calendar) almost 10 years ago.

  • Planet X (or Planet Nibiru), which was discovered by Sumerians, is on a collision course with Earth.

Planet Nibiru: It is claimed to be orbiting around the Sun every 3600 years, and on a collision course with Earth. With these two parameters (3600 years orbital period and intersecting Earth’s orbit), an astronomer can compute the orbit and calculate the approximate location of the planet as of today. No detection has been made. In fact, Sumerians did not have a significant interest in Astronomy, and they didn’t know planets orbited the Sun, nor that Uranus, Neptune and Pluto existed.

  • Earth, Sun and the center of the Milkyway galaxy will line-up on December 21, 2012. This alignment will knock Earth out of its orbit.

The Galactic alignment… This is actually true.  Earth, Sun and the center of the galaxy will indeed be lined up on that day, just like they do every year.

December 21, 2012 is also the winter solstice of the year 2012, the shortest day of the year.

Although the safety of the Earth is not guaranteed, the above hoaxes are not realistic and they do not carry any scientific evidence. And as we leave 2012 behind, more hoaxes are likely to show up.

References:

  • Astronomy Beat of Astronomical Society of Pacific

http://www.astrosociety.org/2012/ab2009-32.pdf

  • Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_phenomenon