Expect Apocalypse in 2012 (S599c)
From: News.Aol.com on 7/6/2008
Under: Weird News
(July 6) - Survival
groups around the world are gearing up and counting down to a mysterious
date that has been anticipated for thousands of years: Dec. 21, 2012.
Across the United
States, Canada and throughout Europe, apocalyptic sects and individuals
say that is the day that the world as we know it will end, ABCnews.com
Signs of the Apocalypse
Gregory Bull, AP
who claim the apocalypse will occur on Dec. 21, 2012, base their beliefs
on a calendar devised by the Mayans, whose ruins are shown in Mexico above.
The ancient civilization is known for its prowess in mathematics and astronomy.
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Mayan calendar column rests in Quirigua, Mexico. The Mayan "long count"
calendar consisted of 5,126 years, ending on Dec. 21, 2012.
NASA / JPL-Caltech / AP
Dec. 21, 2012, the center of Milky Way, above, will be aligned with the
sun for the first time in about 26,000 years. Apocalyptic believers say
that will disturb the energy flowing toward Earth.
NASA / AP
NASA satellite captures a photo of a solar flare in 2002. A higher prevalence
of these eruptions from the sun in 2012 could affect magnetic fields on
Matt Dunham, AP
worshipers celebrate winter solstice on Dec. 21, 2006, at Stonehenge. Many
ancient cultures and new age groups put significance on the annual date,
the shortest day of the year.
Carlos Lopez, AP
priests dance around an alter in Guatemala in 1996. "These prophecies of
doom really don't have any basis in what we know about the Maya," said
anthropology professor Stephen Houston. "The Maya descriptions barely talk
about this event."
Binsar Bakkara, AP
2004 tsumani that hit Indonesia completely devastated the area. Sociology
professor John Hall, who is writing a book of apocalyptic ideas, said groups
predicting the end of the world reflect a high anxiety about the state
of society. "Terrorism, 9/11, ecological disasters, floods, and earthquakes...(There
is) a sense that modern civilization has had its run."