So far, there have been several natural disasters that certainly seem apocalyptic, from earthquakes and tsunamis to killer tornadoes, but is it the end of the world?
The Mayan calendar is based on a 20-day cycle in 394-year increments known as a Baktun. On one tablet at a set of ruins in Mexico, the calendar stops at Baktun 13.
Many have taken this to mean that the world could end during the Galactic Alignment that is supposedly going to take place on December 21, 2012.
A New Age interpretation of this transition suggests that this date will usher in the beginning of time in which Earth and its inhabitants may undergo a positive physical or spiritual transformation, and that 2012 may mark the beginning of a new era. Others suggest that the 2012 date marks the end of the world, or perhaps a smaller catastrophe. Scenarios suggested for the end of the world include the arrival of the next solar maximum, or Earth’s collision with a black hole or a passing planet called Nibiru.
Here’s where everything changes.
Their earliest Mayan calendar was based on the long-count system, starting with a date that is equivalent of August 10 3113 B.C., the beginning of a huge cycle of 13 Baktuns, which will come to an abrupt end on December 24, 2011…with the destruction of the world.
Mayan prophesy claims a rogue planet or moon will suddenly crash into the Earth on or about that date.
Could that be the mysterious Comet Elenin that we discussed in great detail here? It’s certainly possible that Elenin is a brown dwarf star, and that’s why it’s size has not yet increased to the point where it would be visible from the Southern Hemisphere.
That would make Comet Elenin the mysterious Planet X, or Nibiru, that has been foretold for centuries.
Then again, Near-Earth asteroid 2005 YU55 will pass within 0.85 lunar distances from the Earth on November 8, 2011. Perhaps this could be the harbinger of our doom?
Either way, it seems that predictions of a galactic alignment on December 21, 2012 could be way off…but don’t take my word for it. Take Rod Serling‘s…