Well we may all be congratulating ourselves that on 21 December last year the world didn’t end, but whereas the end of the Mayan calendar didn’t wink us out of existence, the reversing of the Big Bang may. And it could be happening sooner than you think.
It’s been long thought that the expansion of the universe that took place after the Big Bang (with the red shift effect- everything moving away from everything else) was slowing down and would eventually stop. And then go into reverse, contracting back to a central point when another Big Bang might occur.
It used to be thought that this scenario would happen millions of years hence, but physicists now say it could happen sooner rather than later. It’s a team at the University of Southern Denmark that have calculated that a universal “phase transition” could start at any point after every particle in existence becomes “extremely heavy”.
It’s all rather complicated and involves the Higgs Boson “God” particle- the one that gives matter mass, shifts to a lower vale than before making all elementary particles inside the field becoming super-heavy and causing as chain reaction that would pull apart the universe at the seams.
Let’s hear from Jens Frederik Colding at the University’s Centre for Cosmology and Particle Physics Phenomenology:
“Many theories and calculations predict such a phase transition– but there have been some uncertainties in the previous calculations. Now we have performed more precise calculations, and we see two things: Yes, the universe will probably collapse, and: A collapse is even more likely than the old calculations predicted. The phase transition will start somewhere in the universe and spread from there. Maybe the collapse has already started somewhere in the universe and right now it is eating its way into the rest of the universe. Maybe a collapse is starting right now right here. Or maybe it will start far away from here in a billion years.”
Hardly precise measurements- no need to cancel getting next year’s diary. And there are counter arguments. Some scientists say there may be other undiscovered particles in the universe that would prevent this reaction occurring. So in summary, business as usual. Probably.
We can all breathe a sigh of relief. The rumours, portents, dire warnings and predictions that the world will end on 21 December this year are untrue. Not only is Christmas 2012 still on the cards, but Christmases for a few years to come. How is it that the Apocalypse is to be avoided? That the planet Nibiru will not enter the Solar System and cause the destruction of earth? That Cthulhu will not wake to chantings from the Necronomicon?
Well, because a Guatemalan says so. Mr Apolinario Chile Pixtun is totally sick and tired of being bombarded with frantic questions about the end of the world. “I came back from England last year and, man, they had me fed up with this stuff,” he said.
Why is is that this comes from a Guatamalan significant? The Mayan empire included modern day Guatemala. So called “experts” claimed that the Mayan calendar ended on 21/12/2012. Indeed a significant time period for the Mayans does end on the date, and enthusiasts have found a series of astronomical alignments they say coincide in 2012, including one that happens roughly only once every 25,800 years. The Mayan civilization, based in modern day Mexico and Central America, reached its height from 300 AD to 900 AD and certainly had a talent for astronomy. But Mr Pixtun complains that the doomsday theories spring from Western, not Mayan ideas.
Apocalypticists claim that all Mayan calendars end on 21 December 2012. However sites with Mayan calendars can be found with dates far beyond 2012. Things started in 3,114 BC, and then the calendars were marking time in roughly 394-year periods known as Baktuns. Thirteen was a significant, sacred number for the Mayans, and if you check on your calculator, the 13th Baktun ends around Dec 21, 2012. It’s an anniversary, sure, but only Western dodgy doomsters tagged it as the end of days, twilight’s last gleaming, and the final furlong for the Four Horsemen.
Leaving aside the Mayans, and fed-up Mr Pixtun, there will be a significant event on 21/12/12. It is a fact that the Earth’s axis wobbles, slightly changing the alignment of the stars every year. Once every 25,800 years, the sun lines up with the centre of our Milky Way galaxy on a winter solstice, the sun’s lowest point in the horizon. That will happen on Dec. 21, 2012, when the sun will appear to rise in the very same spot where the bright centre of galaxy sets. But apart from being an interesting astronomical event, nothing else will happen. The Earth will not suddenly wobble to oblivion, implode, or career off into the sun.
But if it does, then that’s why I left you off my Christmas list, right? !
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. read more