Mayan calendar

Is 21 December 2012 doomsday?

Attracting increasing interest as it nears it's end-date, is the Mayan calendar. It's abrupt finish on an exact date, and even the exact time of day (sunrise) has some of us a little flustered.

Why would we think 'the end is nigh' just because an ancient calendar fails to extend beyond 21/12/2012?

For a couple of reasons. The calendar has earned it's reputation as a reliable predictor of cosmic events such as eclipses. The event predicted for 2012 is 'the galactic alignment'.

The Galactic Alignment

Jean Meeus has an asteroid named after him, he's that well-respected. The Belgium astronomer writes papers for NASA and, importantly for us, is credited with calculating the galactic alignment.

It goes something like this... the Earth on it's axis does a bit of a wobble, a very slow wobble - in fact just one wobble lasts 26,000 years.


So our angular orientation to the stars can and does change.

Hmmm.. to keep it simple, let's go to your living room. Pick out a CD or DVD and perch it on your hand.

The Milky-Way is the DVD disc

The Dark Rift is the hole in the center

With me so far?

Well please stay with me, I'm off to make some drawings to explain this next part. Please sign up for the RSS feed to get an alert when this page is updated (completed). Or have your say.. just choose between the pessimists and the optimists and contribute to the discussion.

The Pessimists

I wont be so awful as to lump you in with crop-circle & alien invasion theorists if you go with the pessimists. To have your say, enter comments at the bottom of this page.

The Optimists

I'm with this group. Let's take a look..

John Major Jenkins has been studying Mayan culture for more than 20 years. His books on this subject are

  • Maya Cosmogenesis 2012 (1998)
  • Izapa Cosmos (1996)
  • The center of Mayan Time (1995)
  • Wikipedia names Jenkins as starting all this 2012 hype, but his view on the date is that it is a time of 'transformation' rather than cataclysm. And I believe him when he talks about honoring 'the authentic Mayan tradition'. I'm not religious, but I like that Jenkins interprets the end-date of the Mayan calendar as being a chance for renewel

    '2012 bodes an opportunity for humanity to rebirth itself'

    And really, with the horrific start we've had to the year 2009, humanity could do with some transformation don't you think?

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