There are many rumours, myths and fabrications being pedalled about the end of the world coming in just over a year. The bandwagon appears to be jumped on by almost anyone who can make a tenuous connection with the date in question- 21 December 2012.
Some claim that it’s Armageddon Day. However there is nothing in the bible that links Armageddon to any particular date, let alone 21 December 2012 It predicts a sequence of disasters that will lead up to Armageddon. But before you breathe a sigh of relief, let’s see where that date came from?
It’s also claimed that the 11and a half year solar flare cycle will peak in December 2012 causing solar flares that can knock out power grids around the world. Solar flares range from “nanoflares” to “X-class flares” and are very energetic events. But while the largest flares may generate enough energy for 100 billion atomic explosions, they occur low in the low Sun’s corona, right near the solar surface. That’s nearly 100 million miles away. The Earth is nowhere close enough to be affected.
Of more interest, the Sun, Earth, and Milky Way galaxy will align at the galactic equator, on 21 December 2012, the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, and the end of the Mayan calendar. This event only happens every once every 25,800 years! Scientists say that that for the first time in recorded history, our entire solar system will move below the Milky Way galaxy. Some cultists, commentators and gurus claim that this will herald the end of the world. Goodbye to 7 billion people and millions of years of evolution.
The Mayan Long Count calendar has lasted for five thousand one hundred and twenty five years, and although the end of the calendar leads to many different interpretations, one of the most popular is the belief that at the end of this cycle the world (or humanity’s existence) will come to an abrupt end on 21December 2012. The current calendar cycle, or baktun, began on August 13th, 3114 B.C. This marked the end of the last period and the beginning of the current one. The baktun that we are currently living in is the thirteenth, and the end of this cycle is one that has been considered to have a large level of importance to the Mayan people, which is why so many people have come to the conclusion that this cycle’s end is one that will mean the end of the world as we know it.
The Sumerians, Babylonians and the Mayans were well-known for their astronomical predictions, and some people have seized upon this to say that there will be an astronomical incident from the return of the planet Nibiru, or Planet X. This planet was believed to be the home world of a superior race of beings, the Anunnaki who taught the ancient Sumerians many innovations and gave civilization a kick start. Allegedly the planet caused a great flood in 11000 BC for which there is some evidence. By returning to our solar system, Planet X will cause the solar flares to be much more powerful, and cause disruptions across our solar system which could cause the asteroid belt to come out of its gravitational orbit, and send asteroids flying everywhere at random- some inevitably hitting Earth.
So we have a mixture of ancient decoded texts, unsubstantiated extrapolations and predictions, and some scientific facts. A heady brew to be sure. One thing is for certain, it’s worth putting a note in your next year’s diary and calendar to red letter the 21st of December. It’s up to you whether you leave everything after that blank…