2012 End Of The World Essay

1547 WordsJan 4, 20127 Pages
R.E.M. is Wrong- It is Not the End of the World The ancient Mayans were the most advanced civilization of their time. They created very sophisticated mathematical systems, established a written language, and made complex astronomical predictions without the use of technology.1 Their calculations of many astrological events such as solstices and the cycles of eclipses are nearly as accurate as those made by modern astronomers, even though they were made with the naked human eye hundreds of years ago. One of their most important advancements is the Long Count calendar. After approximately 5,125 years the Long Count calendar is coming to an end on December 21, 2012. 2(pxi) Many foresee this date as end of the world, and it is known as the Mayan prophesy. This claim is false and is simply a creation of attention seekers. Through careful reading and inductive reasoning, one can come to the conclusion that the world will not end on December 21, 2012. Researcher and author, John Major Jankins, is one of major supporters of the Mayan Prophesy. He believes that the end of the Long calendar coincides with a monumental astronomical event that only happens once every 25,771 years.2(p111) On December 21, 2012 , the sun will be aligned in the center of the Milky Way. This means that the energy that usually streams to the earth will be disrupted at the exact time of the winter solstice, December 21,2012 at 11:11 p.m. Universal Time. However, this is such a short period of time that it will have no catastrophic or long lasting effects on the earth.1 2012 also marks a peak in solar flare activity that happens about every eleven years. Solar flares have been known to disrupt satellite signal and orbits which may cause some havoc, but it will be very unlikely to cause an apocalypse. NASA is unsure how the center alignment of the sun in the Milky Way will affect the impact of
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