A brief history of End of the World Predictions

Should you be worried about the “end of the world” which is supposed to happen at the end of the Mayan Calendar in December 2012? If you were born before 2000 you have already survived an “end of the world” scenario.

The human race has survived quite a few of these events and the world is still turning. The prophecies of the world ending are as old as time itself. It is understandable that people believed these prophecies in ancient times when their understanding of how the world works was negligable. But have we moved on from those ancient beliefs? Even though we know so much more about science now it seems that a lot people still believe in these ancient prophets. One of the early belief was that the world would end in 1000 AD and legend has it the Pope Sylvester ll feared the coming of the new millennium would bring the end of the world. But as we know now – that didn´t happen.

Nor did it happen in 1881 which was a date predicted by Mother Shipton. Following that, 1991 was supposed to see the end of the world, which we survived again. Then 2000 caused a lot of hysteria with people believing that all computers would stop working, planes would fall from the sky and civilisation as we know it would cease to exist.

So it doesn´t bode well for the December 22, 2012 prediction. If we survived all those other “end of the world” scanarios aren´t we surly going to survive the end of the Mayan Calendar? And on December 23, 2012 we will all be looking forward to April 13th 2036 when the Apophis Asteroid, on it´s second pass by earth, will supposedly come crashing into our planet, causing the End of The World.

Armageddon – Maybe…….

The asteroid Apophis, were it to hit the Earth in 2036, would explode with the force of more than half the weapons in the United States nuclear arsenal. That would be bad. True to form, though, the old Cold War enemies are in disagreement about the dangers.

Here at the Daily Maverick we seem to have developed a fascination with the End of the World. Perhaps we doth protest too much, but we’d just like to point out that it’s not because we’re naturally apocalyptic. Our apparent propensity to run doomsday stories, if you’ll indulge us, is simply because our editor knows a good news lead when he sees one. His instincts have been proven correct by the retweets and comments we get on such articles, by the fact that the writer of this piece was personally warned to start repenting by a sect that’s pegged judgment day as May 21st, 2011, and by the fact that you’re still with us at the tail-end of this 130-word opening paragraph.

From all the doomsday predictions we’ve covered thus far, though – including the abovementioned 2011/05/21 sect, the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, which argues for 2012/12/21, and the History Channel, which argues for just about any date that hasn’t yet passed into history (which makes you wonder about the channel’s name) – the one that seems the most statistically probable to us is 2036/04/13.

That’s when the asteroid Apophis, a 300-metre-diameter chunk of rock, terribly inconveniently named after the Egyptian god of “uncreation”, has a one-in-four-million chance of hitting Earth.

Wait! Don’t click out yet! The reason we’re running this story is that Apophis initially had a 2.7 percent chance of hitting Earth, on April 13th 2029. Using updated information, though, NASA scientists recently recalculated the path of the large asteroid, and decided that the refined data indicated a much-reduced likelihood of a hazardous encounter with our planet on the same date in 2036.

Numerologists, cult members and History Channel staffers will have noticed by now that the gap between these two dates is seven years, a very significant number (days of the week, oceans on Earth, continents on Earth, days it took God to create the world including Her rest-day, etc). We encourage you to reach your own conclusions on that score, really we do. As logical-positivist newsmen, what’s important to us is that on April 13th 2029 we’re still going to see a record-setting close encounter with a lethal asteroid – Apophis, say the updated NASA stats, is then going to approach within 18,300 miles of our planet – and that on April 13th 2036 many of us might perish in a cataclysmic collision – the chances, remote as they may be, are nevertheless slightly greater than you being struck by lightning, and much greater than a monkey at a keyboard typing out the complete works of Nostradamus. Or was it Shakespeare?

The Russians, who by default don’t believe in NASA’s stats, aren’t about to take any undue risks. * The Russian Federal Space Agency is considering the funding of a project to deflect the 880-megaton asteroid, and aside from one small problem, there’s every reason to take them seriously. Anatoly Perminov, the agency’s head, held a news conference in late December 2009 in which he stated that the asteroid “will surely collide with the Earth in the 2030s,” and that he’d heard this information from a scientist.

“We should pay several hundred million dollars and build a system that would … prevent a collision, rather than sit and wait for it to happen and kill hundreds of thousands of people.”

The one small problem? Perminov refused to name his lone scientist. Ah, well.


2012 and the Mayan Calendar

While looking around for some information on the 2012 end of the world theory I found this very useful post on December2012endoftheworld.com

You have probably heard about the famous Mayan Long Calendar that is set to end its final baktun (cycle) on December 21st, 2012. This end has caused many to sit up and take notice because they are uncertain of what it signifies. The Mayan calendar 2012 deadline is one that has gripped the imagination of everyone from researchers of the Mayan culture. There are a plethora of clues, but putting the pieces together is something that can be quite difficult. This is another reason why there has been so much speculation about the event that will take place on that day. One theory that has been put forth is that this date signifies a rare alignment of the Milky Way galaxy that only occurs once every twenty five thousand years. Some researchers believe that this rare alignment is something that could cause a shift of the magnetic poles.This is something that has happened before in the distant past, and if it were to happen now it could usher in great and dramatic changes for mankind. The problem is that if the magnetic poles shift it will essentially affect the geographic and weather patterns across the entire globe.

Another clue to the Mayan calendar 2012 predictions is that there are also signs that this date will be significant in another celestial matter, the return of Planet X. This planet was originally referred to as Nibiru by the Sumerians, and according to their mythology was the home planet of a race of beings known as the Anunnaki that originally created humanity. Whether or not this is a realistic scenario, there is some scientific evidence of a planet that only orbits through our solar system once every three thousand six hundred years. If this planet were to collide with another planetary body or cause a massive disruption in our orbits, then this too could be dangerous for all of humanity.

Another thing that may coincide with the 2012 deadline is a powerful solar flare. While it is not uncommon for the sun to release solar flares on a regular basis, these are not usually large enough to cause major disruptions or problems. However, some scientists who have researched this phenomenon claim that the sun could release a substantially larger solar flare during this period. If this were to happen it could cause a lot of problems, and some of them could be very severe. So, could this be something that the Mayan calendar was referring to?

With all of the evidence of coinciding astronomical events occurring during this Mayan calendar 2012 time period, there is a good possibility that there is something to this date. While it is unclear of what will happen, the best way to make sure that you are doing everything possible to prepare for a major life changing event is to visit the link below. This way you can make sure that you are keeping in a constant loop of information about the Mayan countdown while at the same time doing everything that you possibly can to make sure that you and your family remain safe.

So if we happen to survive 2012 will Apophis get us instead??

Goodbye World??

Apophis AsteroidIs the end really nigh?  The asteroid know as Apophis is expected to pass very close to earth on 13th April 2029, and depending on how close that pass is it could hit us on it´s next pass on 13th April 2036.

Provisionally known as 2004 MN4, it was thought that it would hit Earth on it´s first pass, but further calculations show that it´s path will take it past us, but it will be a near-miss.

Also alarming was the news that if Apophis flies through a certain band of space, 610 meters wide, it will throw the orbit out by enough of a margin that it could hit us in 2036!  But this is a very slim chance and I´m sure that by then they will have found a way to send Bruce Willis into Space……