2012 End of The World, Mayans and Polar Shift
The End is always right around the corner.
Mankind survived the Y2K millennium scare but our existence is at risk again as rumors of the 2012 end of the world are abound. 2012 is a big year for conspiracy theorists, the last hope for no hope has been predicted to be Dec 21, 2012.
Where did the 12.21.12 doomsday date come from?
The Mayan civilization existed from 250-900AD and was located in what is now southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvadore and parts of Honduras. Just like us, the Mayans were very interested in the measurement of time. They developed the now recognizable "calendar round" which spanned 52 years and was designed to measure a generation. To measure time over a longer span the Mayans developed the "long count", numerically predictable calendar that begins in the year 3114 BC. The long count calendar will run out after 5126 years which is Dec 21, 2012. The Mayan calendar has made many accurate predictions so to some the end of the calendar is worrisome.
Mayans knew our place in the universe.
The Mayan calendars amaze us today because, among other things, they calculated the duration of a year more accurately than ever before and predicted every solar and lunar eclipse up to the end of the year 2012. This means the Mayans understood where the middle of our universe, the Milky Way, was located. It takes approximately 26,000 years for earths solar system to make one full orbit of the galactic center. Each time the earth passes the galactic equinox the magnetic polls may shift. Coincidentally this time will be this winter solstice, December 21, 2012. We suspect that the shift will take place slowly and will therefore go unnoticed. In fact we have already measured a shift taking place at a rate of 1 degree every 180 years.
Worst case scenario.
Drastic change could include shifting of tectonic plates, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions. Change like this would severely alter earth's climate and would likely pose an extinction threat to the human race. We can predict that there will be no extinction event because the fossil record from earth's last lap around the universe does not support this theory.
Let your imagination run wild.
The Mayan's advanced understanding of the universe causes many to wonder if there is any significance to the ancient calendar's end. My favorite 2012 end of the world theory involves polar shift because it has the deepest roots (or coincidences) in science. The fact that something scientifically is slated to happen on 12.21.12 - the earth is physically passing through a threshold in the universe for the first time in 26,000 years - makes the polar shift theory the most amusing. Like Y2K I suspect that Christmas 2012 will go off without a hitch. I for one am excited to start the Mayan calendars "second phase".