This week astronomers released some bitter/sweet news for the legion of believers who held stock in the December 12, 2012 Mayan Apocalypse prediction, after it was announced that the scientists responsible for converting the ancient calendar to modern dates probably miscalculated by between 50 to 100 years.
The new finding was published in a chapter from Santa Barbara professor Gerardo Aldana’s recently released book “Calendars and Years II: Astronomy and Time in the Ancient and Medieval World”.
Apparently, a calculation called the GMT constant was used to convert the Mayan calendar to today’s Gregorian calendar, which relied heavily on dates gathered from colonial translations from old Mayan texts.
The results achieved were further confirmed by anthropologist Floyd Lounsbury, who used the location of the planet Venus contained in the ancient Dresden Codex Venus Table, to confirm the dates produced including the 2012 Apocalypse.
However, professor Gerardo Aldana has now cast doubt on the whole validity of his predecessor’s findings and as he explains:
“He [Lounsbury] took the position that his work removed the last obstacle to fully accepting the GMT constant. …If the Venus Table cannot be used to prove the FMT as Lounsbury suggests, its acceptance depends on the reliability of the corroborating data,” which Aldana suggests is very far from reliable.
This will all no doubt come as a bit of a disappointment for the doomsayers who have been expecting the Earth to go out with a bang on December 12, 2012.
However, they might take some comfort in the fact that several Russian scholars, despite not acknowledging the Mayan prophecies, are still predicting an increase in solar activity by 2012. As Russian scientist Vladimir Kuznetsov at the Pushkov Institute of Terrestrial Magnetism, Ionosphere and Radio Wave Propagation (IZMIRAN), quoted recently:
“The solar exposure on near-Earth space will increase [in 2012], causing perturbations in the atmosphere, which will break space apparatus… Enhanced radiation could also endanger cosmonauts.”