January 31, 2011

Will 2012 Bring the End of the World?

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Writingprompt_generic There has been some talk on the Save the Planet Message Board about the theory that the world will come to an end in 2012. But don’t start the panic yet! Much like the buildup to Y2K. which was the belief that all the computer systems would crash when 1999 became 2000, the end of the world theory has gotten a lot of press. But it probably will not happen.

Here’s the story. . .

Back in the day, like around 5 BC. through 1200 AD, the ancient Maya Indian civilizations of Mexico, Guatemala, Belize developed calendars to keep track of celestial movements and time passage. Their calendar system used tools that measured shadows, and watched the horizon to trace the movement of the stars, sun, and planets. Their calendar was called The Long Calendar. Let me tell you why it’s long: because it lasts over 5000 years! After 5,125 years, it resets to zero (0). The current long count began in 3114 BC. And it will end very soon. In fact, it will end on December 21, 2012.

Dum de dum dum (the sounds of doom).

The Maya predicted that the world as we know it would have a cataclysmic change because each time the Long Count Calendar ends, something crazy happens. They believed in each age (each 5000 years) the gods try to create obedient creatures. The “First Age” began with the creation of the Earth, and its plants and animals. Unfortunately, because they couldn’t speak, the birds and animals were unable to pay homage to the gods and were destroyed. In the Second and Third Ages the gods created humans of mud and then wood, but these also failed to please and were wiped out.

We are currently in the Fourth and Final Age, the age of humans. But how are we doing? That remains to be seen. There are a lot of environmental problems, wars, and other events that may seem to lead to our destruction, but combined, these don’t seem like they’d lead to the end of the world.

Also – since the Mayans were very connected to astronomy, it’s important to note the Solstice connection. On the winter solstice on December 21, 2012, the sun will be aligned with the center of the Milky Way Galaxy for the first time in about 26,000 years. Some believe that this will disrupt whatever normal energy usually streams to the earth from the center of the Milky Way. Hmmm. It’s all supposed to go down at 11:11 pm Universal Time on 12/21/12. But I don’t think the Maya meant it literally. A lot of things could happen. Or nothing at all. Or maybe it is a chance for spiritual change. Kind of like an environmental wake up call.

What do you guys think? What do YOU think is going to happen on 12/21/12? Let us know in the Comments below!

-Ratha, Stacks

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  1. AstronomyArtistic101

    There is one very noticeable mistake that the Mayans have made in their calendar. When they were screwing in a bunch of nuts and bolts to build this thing they weren’t adjusting the settings to take into account all the leap year days to come in the future. So when this “Doomsday Clock” started to tick it was moving at a much slower rate than normal modern-day clocks. Since its gears started to turn a few thousand years ago there have been hundreds of leap year days since then. My calculations have leaded me to believe (subtracting the amount of leap year days by December 21, 2012) the world was supposed to end in 2008, not 2012.
    However, I think real doomsday could come at these estimated points in the future ( scientifically approved):
    - Apophis meteor strike may hit in the year 2036 or 2042 with a slight chance of colliding with Earth.
    - The water levels will continue to rise several metres well into the next century.
    - Jungles like the Amazon rainforest will lose its supply of trees to logging in the next 50 years removing one of the biggest sources of wildlife and oxygen on the Earth.
    - The Milky Way galaxy will collide with the Andromeda galaxy, turning it into an elliptical galaxy around the year 3,000,000,000 A.D. predictions can’t determine if this will affect the Earth or not.
    - The Sun will begin to end its main sequence stage as a star around the year 5,000,000,000 A.D. The Sun will start to lose energy so it will expand into a burning shell of gas to sustain itself using some elements like iron and uranium to keep burning. Soon, enough it will lose that energy and engulf the orbits of Mercury, Venus, Earth and possibly Mars. After the Sun will shrink into a cool white dwarf with its original gas around it forming a planetary nebula which is about 10 times the size of our entire solar system.
    Thank you for your time.


    The thing is, the world DID NOT end!!! If it did what I would do is to take a long bath eat a gourmet meal and lie on the bed waiting.

  3. jenna

    I know the worls isn’t going to end on 12/21/12 because I am writing this on 12/24/12. hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahah

  4. bluebird4505

    hey guys i think its not gonna end dont be scared i mean I believe god wouldn’t let the world end he loves us and I think we should be glad it did not end luv ya all

  5. gamecrazy20

    im just glad it did not end it says that the mayans might have been off by a couple of days or weeks because it was from a couple thousand years ago

  6. cheerydolphin242

    Don’t worry peeps! It’s Dec. 22nd, and the world did not end. Just forget about it, and live a normal, happy life!!
    -Merry Christmas!