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Another Expert Agrees With Dark Comet Theory

February 21, 2013 – 11:31 am | No Comment

Astronomer David Asher (from Armagh University) has agreed with Bill Napier and Janaki Wickramasinghe (Cardiff University) that “dark comets” are real and dangerous.
The following quotes are from a paper by Napier and Asher published in Astronomy & Geophysics.
http://star.arm.ac.uk/preprints/2009/539.pdf

We know that about one bright comet (of absolute magnitude as bright as 7, comparable to Halley’s Comet) arrives in the visibility zone (perihelion q<5AU, say) each year from the Oort cloud. It seems to be securely established that ~1–2% of these are captured into Halleytype (HT) orbits. The dynamical lifetime of a body in such an orbit can be estimated, from which the expected number of HT comets is perhaps ~3000. The actual number of active HT comets is ~25. This discrepancy of at least two powers of 10 in the expected impact rate from comets as deduced from this theoretical argument on the one hand, and observations on the other, is …

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2012 Obsession Leads To Murder

February 6, 2014 – 2:54 pm | No Comment
2012 Obsession Leads To Murder

I guess we’ll never know, but I’d like to think that the key causes of this murder are alcohol and rage… even if they were arguing about the end of the Mayan Calendar.
Smith said in opening arguments Thursday that Humphreys shot Peterson during an alcohol-fueled rage that was exacerbated by his mother’s recent death and his obsession with the 12-21-12 “Mayan Apocalypse” prophecy that the world would end that day. Humphreys hadn’t slept the night before, waiting to see if the world really would end, a neighbor testified.
Testimony during the trial included neighbors saying they heard the two men arguing the night of Dec. 21, 2012, and Peterson telling Humphreys to go home just before they heard a shot. Both men lived at the Executive West apartment buildings in the 4500 block Ocean Beach Highway. The shooting happened in the doorway of Peterson’s apartment.
[Source: TDN]
Interestingly, the same small apartment block …

The Maya were right about 2012 (possibly?)

November 11, 2013 – 11:17 pm | No Comment
The Maya were right about 2012 (possibly?)

For a long time now, I have figured that the major possibilities for a scientific prediction from the ancient Maya (or their predecessors) was either a massive solar storm (via noticing patterns in low-latitude auroras) or the return of a long-period comet.
Following a 2012-recap interview over the weekend, I found myself double-checking comet discoveries of recent times, looking for a match I may have missed. I think I have found a possibility. There’s no way of proving that this is what the Long Count calendar was all about, but it is perhaps the best scientific educated guess.
Kreutz Sungrazers
(from Wikipedia)
The Kreutz Sungrazers Listeni/ˈkrɔɪts/ are a family of sungrazing comets, characterized by orbits taking them extremely close to the Sun at perihelion. They are believed to be fragments of one large comet that broke up several centuries ago…
The three most impressive have been the Great Comet of 1843, the Great Comet of …

I Happily Admit I Was Wrong (ish), But Zero Regrets

June 21, 2013 – 2:50 pm | No Comment
I Happily Admit I Was Wrong (ish), But Zero Regrets

For years now I have been saying that it is unlikely that an ancient culture could have predicted a natural event (I highlighted the return of a long period comet or a massive solar storm) accurate to a day or even a week.
My (unique) take on the 2012 meme was that Dec 21 was chosen by the ancient Maya (or a prior culture) symbolically, because as the winter solstice it is the darkest day of the year. Consequently I determined that 6 months either side of that date was the time frame in which any event they predicted was most likely to happen.
That year has just ended, and obviously nothing happened.
Big grin, because nobody want any doom event to occur.
However, terrible events (natural and man-made) have occurred in the past and will again, and the sane response is to be prepared.
2012 has turned me into a prepper. When this journey …

Further Evidence for a Dec 2012 End Date

April 22, 2013 – 3:12 pm | One Comment
Further Evidence for a Dec 2012 End Date

I find it a little odd, but not at all surprising, that 2012 debunkers are now seizing on evidence that Dec 21 2012 was the end of the Long Count calendar (now that the world didn’t end). Of course last year that were latching on to anything that suggested 2012 was not the year.
For me though, nothing has changed. 21 Dec 2012 is still the date, and IMHO we are still close enough to that date for it to be proven correct. Hopefully not.
An example of the confusion this has caused is the date of a decisive battle that shaped the course of Mayan civilisation. It occurred 1,390,838 days from the start of the count, but attempts to transcribe this into the European calendar have given estimates that vary by hundreds of years.
Anthropologists led by Douglas Kennett at Pennsylvania State University took a sample from a carved wooden lintel found …

Solar Explosion Cycle: Hitting us in 2071?

April 5, 2013 – 2:02 am | No Comment
Solar Explosion Cycle: Hitting us in 2071?

Although almost every 2012er focused on the end date of the Long Count calendar, few considered that it might be related to a cyclical phenomena. Even though every ancient Meso-American calendar is/was cyclical…
It has become muddled, but according to the ancient Maya and Aztec peoples, we are currently in either the 4th or 5th age/sun – representing a repeating process. Unless you believe in Gods that rule our fate, it must be a natural process. A prime candidate is of course the Sun. Our Sun. We haven’t been studying it long enough to know if it has any patterns beyond the 11-12 year solar cycle. But given its extraordinary lifespan, and natural processes, a large-scale pattern of activity wouldn’t be so surprising.
Evidence of solar activity is lacking in written records, but fortunately we do have evidence existing in tree rings – traces of Carbon-14 and Beryllium-10.
In 2012 scientist Fusa Miyake …

Give It Another 6 Months (at least)

December 28, 2012 – 11:04 pm | One Comment
Give It Another 6 Months (at least)

When the darkest of days is suddenly thrust upon us and the crucible of tests is brought to bear on every soul; we will have no where to turn but to the light or to the course of our dark imaginings and to what we have erected upon the altar of our own human hearts and then, in those most solemn days of peril, we shall see what remains standing amidst the winds that are designed to shake the foundations of nations…
Maranatha – 2012 Forum – 30 Dec 2009

I know what many people are thinking – yet another doomsday prophet trying to milk it a little bit more…
Nothing could be further from the truth – I don’t want a tragic result – and I’ll be well pleased if this marvelous world continues along its relatively happy journey.
It’s not a case of being proven right or wrong, be it for myself …

How Accurate Did Mayans Expect Prophecy To Be?

December 21, 2012 – 5:34 pm | No Comment
How Accurate Did Mayans Expect Prophecy To Be?

I find it absolutely extraordinary that out of millions of pages written about 2012, very few have discussed the most logical questions:

Why did they choose Dec 21, 2012 as the end date of the Long Count?
What was the reason for the start date?
What did the Maya believe happened at the end of the last Long Count (hint: humans wiped out)
How important was prophecy to the Maya?
Did their prophecies ever come true?
Was the date provided with prophecies meant to be precise?

It is very easy to map our own ways of thinking onto an ancient culture, and that’s a mistake.
For all we know, a prophetic date might not have been expected (by the ancient Maya) to be accurate. For all we know, give or take a week was acceptable. We simply don’t know.
Regarding today, technically Dec 21 is the start of the new Sun/Age/Era. The end of the last Sun was on …

Time Zones & The End Of The World

December 15, 2012 – 2:42 pm | No Comment
Time Zones & The End Of The World

So, the world is ending next week. Sounds like something setting an alarm for. Whereas the media is very good at telling us (in local time) when an international sporting event or solar eclipse will be happening, the Mayan Doomsday date is not getting that treatment. Because it’s just a bit of silly content for the newspapers… no need for serious information, especially not approaching the holidays season!
The Long Answer
Before I get into timezones, here is some background:

The ancient Mayan Long Count calendar was a simple, continuous counting of days. No hours, no minutes. So pinpointing a precise time for doomsday is impossible from an archaeological point of view.
The most commonly accepted correlation between the Mayan Long Count calendar and ours is known as the GMT correlation.
The previous creation ended on a long count of 12.19.19.17.19. Another 12.19.19.17.19 will occur on December 20, 2012, followed by the start of the …

Shift of the Ages: Watch it for free

December 15, 2012 – 1:51 pm | No Comment
Shift of the Ages: Watch it for free

Possibly the best documentary for telling the modern day Mayan perspectives of 2012, Shift of the Ages is available to be viewed for free until Dec 21:
http://www.shiftoftheages.com/watch-now/
(free registration required…)

The film, shot over the course of seven years and in more than six countries, follows Wandering Wolf from his early days as a shoeshine boy on the streets of Guatemala through his coming of age and acceptance of his spiritual destiny. The Shift of the Ages follows him on an epic quest to recover the Sacred Staff of Authority, an ancient object at the heart of this global awakening and subject of a 500 year old ancestral conflict that ultimately ends in the downfall of Valentin Mejillones, an Aymaran elder in Bolivia who abused the good will of the Mayan people for his own political gain.

NASA: We Told You So – 1 Week Early

December 14, 2012 – 8:55 pm | No Comment
NASA: We Told You So – 1 Week Early

To be fair, I’m probably going to write a blog post in the next few days, for release after Dec 21, explaining how the doomsday could still come even if the exact day provided by the ancient Maya was incorrect. And of course the media prepare obituaries for people who are still alive and kicking.
So, nothing wrong with it really, but here’s the video NASA are releasing when the world doesn’t end next week:
Recently, NASA scientists gathered for a Google Hangout to debunk the multiple end-of-world theories alleged to transpire later this month. NASA even put together a YouTube video titled “Why the World Didn’t End Yesterday” clearly meant to be released on December 22, after the winter solstice doomsday the day before. [via CNet]

Interestingly, this debunk gets several things wrong:

They mention that the Maya believe the world began 5,000 or so years ago. They completely neglect to mention that there were …

2012: The Mystery Finally Solved

December 12, 2012 – 3:07 pm | 2 Comments
2012: The Mystery Finally Solved

I’m not the best at this game. It took me over a decade to work out the most likely reason for the existence of the Long Count calendar, and although I mention it a lot in passing I’m not sure if I have actually announced my discovery. And I just realized I should be putting it on the home page of this site, so the thousands who visit every day can read my thoughts.
With just 8 days to go, here is my official announcement: 2012 Solved!

1. Many ancient cultures (including the Maya) were capable of watching the skies over long periods of time (longer than we have), and recording their observations.
2. Auroras at low latitudes (down towards the equator) are very rare, less than once per lifetime. Ancient cultures, unable to explain their presence, could have been very scared and concerned when auroras were observed.
3. By noting auroral activity over …

2012 Fact #4: Other Cultures Who Pointed To 2012

December 7, 2012 – 7:41 am | One Comment
2012 Fact #4: Other Cultures Who Pointed To 2012

While it is commonly suggested that multiple ancient cultures have marked the year 2012 as being of importance, in reality it was only the Mayans. Indeed what makes the end of the Long Count calendar so special is the uniqueness of a date being prescribed for, it can be inferred, the end of the world.
Hopi – Hopi prophecy speaks of great destruction and the end of the fourth world. While multiple signs indicated by the prophecy appeared many years ago, perhaps we still await the ninth and last sign, a blue star. Apart from “soon”, no date is provided (and many believed that the comet Holmes 17P was it), and the Hopi certainly did not have a calendar that ends in 2012.
Hindu – The Hindu calendar corresponds with the age of Kaki Yuga which began in 3102BC, extremely close to the start date of 3114BC of the Long Count calendar. …

2012 Fact #2: Mayan Prophecy

December 5, 2012 – 7:37 am | No Comment
2012 Fact #2: Mayan Prophecy

Perhaps more than any other ancient civilization, the Mayans loved prophecy. Their culture of prophecy and sacrifices makes the Long Count calendar appear quite dramatic. There are three sides to what the Mayans thought would occur on Dec 21, 2012:
Mayans: We have virtually nothing written by the Mayans regarding 2012. Thousands of Mayan books were known to have existed, yet they were unfortunately burned by the invading Spanish.  Only 4 books survived. My speculation is that if we could go back in time and read the thousands of burned books, we would certainly find prophecies about 2012.
The only ancient prophetic mention of Dec 21, 2012 we do have is a single monument at Tortuguero, which says that “The Thirteenth Bak’tun” will be finished (on) Four Ahaw, the Third of K’ank’in. ? will occur. (It will be) the descent(?) of the Nine Support (?) God(s) to the ?.”
The question marks denote …

2012 Fact #1: The Long Count Calendar

December 1, 2012 – 7:27 am | No Comment
2012 Fact #1: The Long Count Calendar

The ancient Mayans had roughly 20 calendars, all of which were short in duration, with the cycles equating to astronomical phenomena, or were intended to relate to history repeating over and over again via prophecy. Except for the Long Count calendar. The Long Count is the Mayan equivalent of our calendar, in that it assigns unique dates over a long period of time. A short numerical description (like 12/6/1976 in our calendar) pinpoints a place in time. Unlike our calendar, which starts with the birth of Christ and heads towards infinity in two directions, the Long Count has a definite beginning and a definite end.
The start date of the Long Count calendar rarely gets a mention, and few experts have attempted to explain why this date, August 11, 3114BC, was chosen. Many independent researchers have noticed that the era of 3114BC includes the rise of multiple civilizations (especially the Egyptians), …

These all began circa 3114 BC

November 26, 2012 – 6:53 pm | One Comment
These all began circa 3114 BC

Many, many people have tried to work out why the ancient Mayan Long Count calendar ends in 2012. Relatively few people have investigated why it began in 3114 BC. This date is long before the existence of the Maya, and even the Olmec.
So what sorts of things were happening around the date of 3114 BC?

In Egypt the Pharoanic age began with Narmer, (aka Menes – the Scorpion King), who became ruler at roughly 3100 BC. He unified Egypt.
The current age of the Hindu religion, Kali Yuga, began in 3102 BC.
3100 BC is when the first stage of Stonehenge was constructed, as well as the first stage of Newgrange. And the Tarxien Temples of Malta were also built at the same time.

Unifying these events is the longevity of the ages and constructions. The Pharoanic Age lasted 3000 years, and the Mayan & Hindu ages are still running, and still known. All …