WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- An alternate reading of the Mayan calendar has revealed that the apocalypse will happen next week.
- A conspiracy theorist explained that the shift from the Julian calendar, which was supposedly the calendar used at the time of the Mayans, into the Gregorian Calendar caused 11 days to be lost each year, or a total of 8 years.
- Following the Julian calendar, the previous doomsday date of December 21, 2012 would actually be June 21, 2020 in our current calendar.
Just when you thought 2020 couldn’t get any worse, an alternate reading of the Mayan calendar has revealed that the apocalypse will happen next week.
Remember all those doomsday movies that showed how the world might end on 2012? We all probably let out a sigh of relief when we made it past the predicted doomsday date.
Now, conspiracy theorists believe that the previous reading was wrong.
They explained that long before people started using the Gregorian calendar we use today, the Mayan and Julian calendars were the norm.
The Gregorian calendar was introduced only in 1852 to attempt a more accurate depiction of the time it takes Earth to orbit the Sun.
When compared to the Julian calendar, 11 days of time were said to be lost from each year.
These lost days have since added up into years. This means that if we follow the old calendars, we should still be in the year 2012, not 2020.
Scientist Paolo Tagaloguin explained in a since-deleted tweet: “Following the Julian Calendar, we are technically in 2012.”
Tagaloguin then detailed the math involved: “The number of days lost in a year due to the shift into Gregorian Calendar is 11 days. For 268 years using the Gregorian Calendar (1752-2020) times 11 days = 2,948 days. 2,948 days / 365 days (per year) = 8 years.”
If we followed this theory, the previous doomsday date of December 21, 2012 would actually be June 21, 2020 in our current calendar.
The previous reading was considered as the date of the apocalypse by some conspiracy theorists who were using the Mayan calendar to try and make sense of an ancient prediction.
NASA explained that the end of the world was believed to be caused by a supposed planet discovered by the Sumerians, Nibiru, heading toward Earth.
NASA added that the initial prediction for the catastrophe was for May 2003, but nothing happened then.
The doomsday date was then further moved to December 2012, which was also depicted as “the end of one of the cycles in the ancient Mayan calendar at the winter solstice in 2012 – hence the predicted doomsday date of December 21, 2012,” NASA explained.
However, as the space agency previously clarified, “There is no credible evidence for any of the assertions made in support of unusual events taking place in December 2012.”
Before we all descend into panic, we must take note that most conspiracy theories are simply theories without any science or evidence to back it up.
Source: The Sun