Mayan doomsday 2012
According to the ancient Mayan civilisation, December 21, 2012, represents the end of a cycle in the Mayan long count calendar that begins in the year 3114 BC. It is the completion of 5,200 years counted in 13 baak t’uunes, a unit of time. One baak t’uune is equivalent to 144,000 days, or roughly 400 years. Doomsday believers expect a cataclysmic event to occur that day and end the world.
Nasa video debunks Mayan apocalypse prophecy
The date: December 22, 2012.
“The whole thing was a misconception from the very beginning,” Dr John Carlson, director of the Center for Archaeoastronomy, says in the video. “The Maya calendar did not end on December 21, this year, and there were no Maya prophecies foretelling the end of the world on that date.”
The video goes on to explain the cyclical calendar used by the ancient Maya. And if that’s not enough, Nasa scientists answer frequently asked questions for doomsday believers.