You may have heard the theories that the world is ending on Dec. 21, 2012. According to some, an ancient civilization of Mayans predicted that the world would end this year. This has lead to many rumors of meteor impacts, colliding planets, economic collapses and many other horrible events.
With all these stories flying around, we found out some interesting facts that indicate that the world may not end. Read these points and comment below to tell us what you think about the 2012 predictions.
The Mayans Aren’t Extinct
Part of these 2012 theories is that ancient prophecies and calendars point to 2012 as the end of days. They cite the calendar of an “extinct nation.” However, the Mayan people are still around! Communities of Mayans still live in Guatemala and Mexico and are very much alive today.
Mayan Calendars Ending in 2012
The Mayan calendar is actually made up of a few different calendars. The popular circular calendar image that you've probably seen isn't even the Mayan calendar - it's the Aztec calendar! The real one is pictured on the right and was discovered in 1929.
The first calendar was called Tzolk’in and is a 260-day calendar. The Mayan culture was based on the number 20 (like Western cultures are based on 10s and 7s) and so the calendar was based on 20 day periods. There are a couple theories on why the calendar had 260 days including the fact that it corresponded to harvest, pregnancies or the sun reaching a high point the sky every 260 days.
The second calendar - called Haab’ - is solar based and is made up of 18 months of 365 days. It’s believed that this calendar was used for tracking the seasons, but was partially inaccurate due to the lack of a leap year.
These two calendars were combined into one ultimate calendar. The Calendar Round allowed people to track both the Tzolk’in and Haab’ calendars at the same time. The Calendar Round repeated every 18,980 days (52 Haab’ years and 73 Tzolk’in years).
Since the Rounded Calendar typically lasted a person’s lifetime - 52 years - the Mayans wanted to create a calendar that would track for longer than a person’s lifetime. They invented what has been named the long count. They broke down their calendar into increments of 20 - 20 days, 20 periods of 20 days etc. - until they had a period of 144,000 days or a b’ak’tun - the largest unit of calendar measurement.
The Mayans worked backwards and believed that the first b’ak’tun began Aug. 11, 3114 BC - the day when the gods laid the foundation of the earth. They never believed the world would end on Dec. 21, 2012 - only that the b’ak’tun would end and a new one would begin. In fact, some archeological sites have shown that Mayans mentioned later dates such as 17 b’ak’tun in writings and paintings. However, the Mayans did believe that significant events would occur around each b'ak'tun ending/beginning. So, hopefully it's a good event!
Another Planet or Large Asteroid Crashing Into Earth
Some theories have popped up that the world will end when a rogue star or planet crashes into earth. Many Internet rumors have even theorized that the planet is hiding behind the sun or we just haven’t seen it yet in our telescopes.
However, when you think about it: If most people can see Jupiter or Mars as a bright spot in the night sky - that would mean this rogue planet would already be the brightest, and one of the largest objects in our sky. No one would be able to hide it, everyone on earth would be able to see it.
Not to mention, if a large planet the size of Jupiter or a dead star were to enter our solar system, the planet’s orbits would change slightly due to gravitational pull.
However, it's impossible for us to keep track of everything in the skies and a meteor could strike with only a few day's notice.
A Large Solar Storm Hitting Earth
Solar activity is a regular occurrence on earth and typically runs through an 11-year cycle. In their peaks, solar flares can cause interruptions with satellite communications however, engineers are learning new ways to build electronics to avoid the disruption.
The flare-up period is actually already started and runs from 2012 to 2014. Amateur scientists keep a watchful eye on the sun every day and haven’t noticed any irregular signs of activity. They are predicting a regular maximum cycle will occur.
However, there is a lot about the sun that we don't understand and new facts about the sun are discovered every year. A large solar flare could be produced without any warning.
The Planets Aligning
Some theories state that the planets will align and mess up the gravitational balance of the solar system. However, using a simple map of the solar system, you can see that the planets won’t be aligned on Dec 21st or any date close to that.
Many people also say that it’s not the planets that are aligning but the center of our galaxy. They say that earth, our sun and the galactic center will align. Well, that is true but it happens every year in December.
Most of these reports cite writings of Nostradamus, Hopi Indian tribes, Hindu traditions or even Isaac Newton.
Most of these individuals and cultures made predictions about what the end of the world would be like, but none of them attached specific dates to their writings. The oft-cited Nostradamus quatrains don’t even mention the date 2012. He even made predictions about earth in 3790 AD - far beyond 2012.
So What Do You Think?
So, what do you think about the 2012 prophecies? Was there something we didn’t cover here? Comment below to tell us your thoughts.