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End Of The World?

December 21, 2012 by  

End Of The World?, Today the Maya Long Count calendar reads ‘13.0.0.0.0’ (‘thirteen b’aktun’) for the first time in 5,125 years, believed by some to mark the end of civilisation. Our correspondents report preparations for the apocalypse around the world, and speculate about how and when the Earth will meet its inevitable doom. The world will not end today, but it’s only a matter of time
Today also marks the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere – the winter solstice.

Ian Sample explained the science of the winter solstice in 2011.

The winter solstice happens because the Earth does not spin upright, but on an axis 23.5 degrees from vertical. As the Earth orbits the sun, it reaches the moment of winter solstice when the north pole is tilted furthest from the sun, making it the shortest day of the year.

I think that calls for a picture of a unicorn.

The continued existence of Earth provides an opportunity for people who repeatedly insisted there was little to no scientific grounding in the Mayan apocalypse theory to remind us all that they were right.

One of the most insistent Mayan apocalypse deniers has been astrophysicist and director of New York’s Hayden Planetarium, Neil deGrasse Tyson.

When the end of the world was three long years away, he explained why the 2012 theory is wrong.

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