The world will end, some billions of years hence, when our sun turns red giant and swallows it, but it will not end in our lifetimes, and what more do we really need to know?
Boston University archaeologists – studying remains of a 9th century Mayan site in Guatemala – found a room-like structure whose walls had been used to chart astronomical tables 500 years older than those preserved in the Maya codices. These 1,200-year-old walls also held the now oldest known Mayan painting – a well-preserved wall mural of a Mayan king.
Amazingly, these newly discovered astronomical tables actually span a time period of some 7,000 years, going far beyond the supposedly apocalyptic year claim made that the Mayans had predicted the end of the world on Dec. 21, 2012, something which, in point of fact, they actually never did
Mayan calendars function along a series of cycles – some shorter, some longer, and it is one of the latter cycles which ends in 2012, though of course the calendar itself carries on, as cyclical ones do, after the December 2012 termination date. Another long touted myth is that of the so-called Nibiru Collision.
Dating back to Babylonian and ancient Sumerian texts, this mystery planet Nibiru was supposed to crash into the Earth in 2003, but this and other wayward planet stories are nothing more than an Internet hoax, without factual basis. Any real planetary body headed for a 2012 encounter with Earth would have been tracked it for many years already, and by now visible to the naked eye, which of course is not the case.
Could a giant solar eruption trigger massive volcanic activity on earth in a short space of time? In the movie 2012 such an event happened, Yellowstone erupting, poles reversing, continental plates shifting and so on, but this really is fantasy, because no solar eruption could ever be that influential.
Truth is, as NASA freely admit to, that i satellites face more danger from solar activity than does the planet, which has endured successfully – for over 4 Billion yeass now, the regular cycle of solar activity, peaking every 11 years or so, when solar flares are at their most influential. Next predicted solar maximum is, in any case, 2013-14 and predicted to be no different than previous cycles.
Sadly, these spurious rumours of an apocalypse bring out the worst of the gullible idiots loading up survival gear, selling off possessions and heading for the wilderness. Such hysterical reactions are completely unfounded, without evidence to support them of any kind, so do yourselves a favour.
On December 21st, put your slippers on, pour yourself a drink and relax with a good book or a movie, secure in the knowledge that the world will look just the same the next morning. The world will end, some billions of years hence, when our sun turns red giant and swallows it, but it will not end in our lifetimes, and what more do we really need to know?