World Might not End After All

Mayan If you made plans for Dec. 21, 2012 don’t break them just yet. That’s the day the apocalypse is supposed to occur according to the Mayan calendar. It turns out the calculations may be incorrect and the world might not end after all.

Errors made in calculating the Mayan calendar means it may be inaccurate according to a recent  textbook. That means those waiting for the world to end on Dec. 21, 2012 might be in for a big disappointment. Even worse, if the calculations turn out to be incorrect, believers will have no way of knowing when the world really will end.

A new textbook  called Calendars and Years II says the conversion from the Mayan calendar to our calendar could be off by 50 to 100 years.

The Mayan calendar was converted to our modern-day Gregorian calendar with a calculation method called the GMT constant. The method, developed by early Mayan researchers, used dates from Mayan documents and compared them with a Mayan almanac based on the movement of the planet Venus. The conversion eventually became regarded as correct

According to the book’s author, Gerardo Aldana a University of California, professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies the evidence used to make the conversion may actually be incorrect.

The almanac, called the Venus Table can’t be used to corroborate the other Mayan documents and there is a question of how reliable the historical data really is, especially considering that it was written in Mayan, but used Latin letters.

This means the GMT constant might not be so constant after all. Unfortunately, for those waiting for the apocalypse, the professor says he doesn’t know what the correct conversion factor is, only that the current one could very likely be wrong.

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