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DOOMSDAY? WILL 12/21/2012 BE THE END?. THE MAYAN CALENDAR  Predicts that there will be a end of the thirteenth Baktun cycle on 12/21/2012, the winter.

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3 THE MAYAN CALENDAR  Predicts that there will be a end of the thirteenth Baktun cycle on 12/21/2012, the winter solstice.

4 Wikipedia has a great article on the Mayan calendar at  Although the Mesoamerican calendar did not originate with the Maya, their subsequent extensions and refinements of it were the most sophisticated. Along with those of the Aztecs, the Maya calendars are the best-documented and most completely understood.Mesoamerican calendar

5 Table of Long Count units Days Long Count period Approx solar years 1= 1 K'in 20= 20 K'in= 1 Winal0.0548 360= 18 Winal= 1 Tun0.985 7,200= 20 Tun= 1 K'atun19.7 144,000= 20 K'atun= 1 B'ak'tun394.3  There are also four rarely used higher-order cycles: piktun, kalabtun, k'inchiltun, and alautun. piktunkalabtunk'inchiltunalautun  Misinterpretation of the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar is the basis for a New Age belief that a cataclysm will take place on December 21, 2012. December 21, 2012 is simply the day that the calendar will go to the next b'ak'tun.Mesoamerican Long Count calendarNew Age cataclysm will take place on December 21, 2012b'ak'tun

6 The Mayan Calendar  The thirteenth Baktun cycle is written as in Mayan translations.  This does NOT say that this is the end of time.  It takes 20 baktuns to make a Mayan pictun.  On 12/21/2012 we will just enter the  fourteenth pictun or the next baktun.


8 The “Age of Aquarius”  started a new “age” in astrology as the vernal equinox moved due to precession of the rotational poles in the 1970s.  This fourteenth pictun will just be the start of a new “age” in the Mayan calendar.  There is no prediction for apocalypse – for either transition!

9 The Milky Way Galaxy Disaster Scenario  It has been said that the Sun will be in the center of the Milky Way Galaxy in December 2012 and that this will cause a pole shift and massive destruction.

10 This is an Internet hoax. As far as the Sun being in the center of the Galaxy, this is impossible; we are slowly orbiting the galactic center at a distance of about 30,000 light years. Galaxy center The Sun Our orbit The time to complete one orbit is about 210,000 years!

11 Notice that the orbit NEVER comes near the center of the galaxy

12 This drawing from the internet is a hoax!

13 A JET OF HIGH ENERGY PARTICLES from the center of the galaxy in 2012 will hit Earth says internet sources.  This will be when we line up with the galactic center with its pole pointing towards us.  As seen before, this will NEVER happen.  It is said that planetary alignments will precipitate this process. This is nonsense.  The planets in any configuration are just too small to cause any shift in the Sun’s orientation about the galaxy.

14 The Milky Way Galaxy Center It does contain a 3-million-mass- of-the-Sun black hole that does beam a jet of energy from it’s poles. The central part in the plane of the galaxy shields us from excess radiation from the galaxy core. The center parts of our galaxy from the Galactic Center Survey

15 “The Earth will be in line with this beam on the winter solstice, 12/ 21/ 2012” has been written on internet.  This is WRONG! The Earth will NEVER be on a line with the beam at the winter solstice or at any other time. The Earth will not be even close to this beam, and it will not be as close as it ever gets for another 200 years.

16 MUCH more dramatic in this graphic than in reality.

17 Some have said that a planet or brown dwarf called Nibiru (or Eris) is approaching the Earth and threatening our planet with destruction. Eris The Sun As seen From Eris The Nibiru MYTH

18 Nibiru  In 1976, the late Zecharia Sitchin stirred up a great deal of controversy with the publication of his book, The Twelfth Planet. In this and subsequent books, Sitchin presented his literal translations of ancient Sumerian texts which told an incredible story about the origins of humankind on planet Earth - a story far different and much more fantastic than what we all learned in school.  Nibiru_and_Is_It_Approaching.htm Nibiru_and_Is_It_Approaching.htm

19 The ancient cuneiform texts  some of the earliest known writing, dating back some 6,000 years -- told the story of a race of beings called the Anunnaki. The Anunnaki came to Earth from a planet in our solar system called Nibiru, according to the Sumerians according to Sitchin.  Nibiru's orbit around the Sun is highly elliptical, according to Sitchin's books, taking it out beyond the orbit of Pluto at its farthest point and bringing it as close to the Sun as the far side of the asteroid belt.

20 It took the proposed Nibiru 3,600 years  to complete one orbital journey, and it was last in this vicinity around 160 B.C.E. As you can imagine, the gravitational effects of a sizable planet moving close to the inner solar system, as it is claimed for Nibiru, could wreak havoc on the orbits of other planets, disrupt the asteroid belt and spell big trouble for planet Earth. BEWARE! It is “supposedly coming back again before 2013!

21 NIBIRU DOES NOT EXIST!  Perturbations in the outer planets would have been seen by now if such a planet did exist

22 NEMESIS  A brown dwarf star companion to the Sun called Nemesis was postulated in the 80s. Its movement was used then to explain a cycle of mass extinctions. NO evidence for Nemesis has been found as of yet.  A red dwarf, a larger but still small star than the Sun, has been ruled out.  Astrobiology Magazine states that NASA’s new WISE telescope should be able to spot a brown dwarf star, IF it exists.  Even if it does exist, it would not near the inner solar system for many years to come.




26  Nibiru and other stories about wayward planets are an Internet hoax. There is no evidence or factual basis for these claims. Most of them (such as that Nibiru has been hiding behind the Sun or that it will be visible to the naked eye from the southern hemisphere next year) are scientifically impossible.


28 Eris is real and a little smaller than Pluto  It is a dwarf planet similar to Pluto that will remain in the outer solar system; the closest it can come to Earth is about 4 billion miles.  Below is the discovery image from a huge telescope in 2003. Eris

29 The idea of a “pole shift” is also unfounded.  Most people seem to mean a rapid change in the position of the rotational pole of the Earth, but this is something that has never happened and never will.  The Laws of Physics forbid it.

30 Rotation Pole Shift  The Moon acts to conserve “angular momentum” of the Earth-Moon system which preserves the poles’ constant direction.  The poles do precess or move in 26000 year cycles in a circle about the sky maintaining the 23.5 tilt with the ecliptic.  Over both recorded history and in the paleontological record there have been no catastrophes associated with the poles’ positions on 12/21/2012.


32 MAGNETIC POLE SHIFT  Some people are confusing a “pole shift” with the reversal of the magnetic poles on Earth, which does take place regularly, every few hundred thousand years.  This has been shown by the reversal of the magnetic polarity in the rocks formed by the Mid-Atlantic Ridge over eons.

33 The magnetic Poles of the Earth shift all the time The shift over just a few years is shown at right

34 EARTH MAGNETIC POLE REVERSAL  There is some evidence of magnetic field weakening and that the reversal might happen soon, but even if it did,  the magnetic shift would be gradual and  there would probably be no consequences on the planet,  certainly nothing catastrophic.

35 The record of past shifts  are contained in the rocks studied by geologists.  The shifts do not seem to correspond to any radical shifts in Earth’s climate or in the paleographic record of life.  See the site below for information on the magnetic field and shifts. 's_magnetic_field's_magnetic_field

36 PLANETARY ALIGNMENT DISASTER SCENARIOS  Some say the planets will be aligned o n 12/21/12.  Looking at the positions of the planets on that date on the next slide, this Is obviously WRONG!


38 PLANETARY ALIGNMENT SCENARIOS  That planetary alignments can have a large effect on the Earth was proposed several times. In 1988 it was proposed that all the planets being roughly on one side of the Sun would cause earthquakes and even cause California to break off into the Pacific Ocean. Obviously this didn’t happen. The gravity of the other planets has too weak an effect on Earth to cause any major effects.

39 A COMET is on a collision course with Earth!  The information on the internet concerned the comet Elenin  NASA says the wimpy rock broke up into crumbs;  remnants won't be back for 12,000 years  A comet impact, on the other hand, is actually plausible, if unlikely.  Comets have collided with Earth and caused horrible damage.

40 A COMET COLLISION  The Tunguska Impact in Siberia on June 30, 1908 was probably a comet impact.  It exploded above the ground and devastated a huge area in Siberia.  No lives were lost because no one was in the area.  A red sky from the forest fires the comet caused could be seen 1000 miles away in Moscow!  We would have only a few months warning of a comet impact, if that much.  No comet has been seen that will hit us next year.

41 Tunguska Impact devastation photographed 5 years later!

42 SOLAR FLARE OR ERUPTION DISASTER  The Sun is acting up again.  NASA recently warned that solar activity is surging, with a peak expected to happen in 2013  That could generate enormous radiation levels that sweep across planet Earth.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has even issued an urgent warning about solar flares due to strike in 2012 and 2013.

43 SOLAR FLARE OR ERUPTION DISASTER  IBtimes wrote, "With solar activity expected to peak around 2013, the Sun is entering a particularly active time and big flares like the recent one will likely be common during the next few years. ...A major flare in the mid-19th century blocked the nascent telegraph system, and some scientists believe that another such event is now overdue." (

44 SOLAR FLARE OR ERUPTION DISASTER  The Sun emits flares that cause coronal mass ejections (CMEs).  IF one of these impact the Earth’s magnetic fields, it can cause  EMFs, electromagnetic pulses that can disrupt  Computers  Electric grids  All sorts of other electric devices.

45 SOLAR FLARE OR ERUPTION DISASTER  The SOHO satellite keeps a “real-time” eye on the Sun.   Flares and CMEs can be predicted and devices protected.  The governments of the world are even now trying to “harden” the electric grids and shield sensitive computer systems.

46 Armageddon Predictions from other Non-Scientific Sources  Armageddon has been predicted from many other sources including the Book of Revelations. It does NOT predict a specific date for Armageddon  Astrology also does not predict world-wide disasters in 2012 any more that it does for any other year.  Bible Codes, Numerology, and other non- scientific prediction devices are also being used.

47 The prophecies of American Psychic Edgar Cayce  Some of the Nibiru researchers also cite the prophecies of Edgar Cayce who predicted that we would soon suffer monumental Earth changes and a pole shift, even though he did not attribute them to anything as specific as a visiting planet or brown dwarf.

48 The Bible Code evidence for Armageddon  The torah (the first five books of the old testament) and other texts indicate that we are nearing the end of days. According to Christianity, Judaism and Islam, almost all of the conditions have been met for Armageddon.  “The Bible Code says the Earth will be Destroyed by a comet in 2012!” from the website above.

49 “The Bible Code says the Earth will be Destroyed by a comet in 2012!”  See YouTube above for more details: Marshall Masters is involved in researching the bible code and 2012, focusing on next- generation research approaches to analyzing the torah.  He says it cannot be ruled out according to his interpretation of the “Bible Code”.

50 Koran numerology  Koran numerology predicts disaster in 2012:  a Muslim numerologist has leapt full-force onto the 2012 bandwagon with “evidence” that the Qur’an predicts death and destruction in that same year.  Ali Adams has mimicked Western numerology, assigning values to characters in the Arabic alphabet  (what he terms “primalogy”, because it uses prime numbers instead of sequential numbers).

51 “ _in_2012_paranoia.htm Koran numerology  Primalogy” 1433 verse is 51:13,  (It is) the day on which they shall be exposed to hellfire.  Taste the fruit of your denial, this is what you took lightly (looked upon as false promise).  Use the link below for full details of this prediction:

52 GOVERNMENT COVER-UP  Cover-ups by governments is impossible.  Imagine the United Nations all agreeing on anything.  Many internet sources say the government (which one?) is covering up some disaster about to hit the Earth.  While government cover-ups are well known, by a single country,

53 GOVERNMENT COVER-UPS  Cover-ups of astronomical phenomena are impossible even for a single government.  Most astronomy observation is done by  AMATUER ASTRONOMERS.  They communicate world-wide by phone and internet with each other and with professional astronomers, as well as with friends, co-workers, and family.  No government could silence such a multi- national force.

54 BUT - Just in case – be ready for the Apocalypse!  Just go to the internet and you can find ways to protect yourself.  The website:  Has lots of information and hints for even the most discriminating panicked person.  Another is:

55 On disaster websites Amazon is advertising its Survivor Emergency Kit-4 Person, Emergency Zone brand, Disaster Survival Kit, 72 Hour Kit for $179.99  20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=399377&creativeASIN=B000Y9DEQY 20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=399377&creativeASIN=B000Y9DEQY

56 In Conclusion  Will I be embarrassed with all this debunking of the myths and prophesies if one of these predictions turns out to be true?  Some disaster will happen in 2012.  Many disasters happen every year, just look at 2011.  If even one of the Armageddon predictions turns out to be true,  I don’t expect to survive it – so NOT AT ALL!

57 For more information see:  Sky and Telescope, Nov 2009, The Great 2010 Scare, pp. 22-26;    2012-questions-and-answers 2012-questions-and-answers      

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