By now you must have caught up with the prediction that, according to the ancient Mayan calendar, the world will end on December 21, 2012.
The Maya, a civilization with a deep fondness for calendars, liked to anchor their historic events in “cosmic time”. They were extraordinarily skilled astronomers who were able to accurately predict the movements of the galaxy for centuries in advance.
According to their calendar – a detailed list of astronomical events that occurs over 13 cycles of 144,000 days – December 21, 2012, marks the end of the 13th and final “B’ak’tun,” or “end” cycle.
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