I caught the tail end of an interesting show on the History Channel last night. It was about the Mayan calendar and the inferred end of the world on 21 Dec 2012.
I don't buy into the end of the world bit, but there were two interesting coincidences that made me go - hmmm.
The Mayan had a really complex calendar and just the fact that someone managed to figure it out is fascinating to me, in and of itself, regardless of the portents.
Anyway, the two coincidences were;
On 21 Dec 2012,
- The Sun will be aligned with the center of the Milky Way and
- The Earth will be at one exent of its precession.
Supposedly, according to the show, the time leading up to this date would be filled with change - social, political, climatic - and that there would be increased sunspot activity.
Well, we are going through a lot of change, but the social and political changes are just facets of Mankind. When was there a time when the was no change?
But, the climatic changes that we seem to be seeing were heralded by the Mayan Long Count Calendar. Or, so it seems.
And, we are in a time of increased sunspot activity - the last 70 years have seen more sunspot activity than any other time in the last 8,000 years.
The Long Count Calendar sets up a cycle of 26,000 years. And, that is the same period of the Earth's precession. The alignment of the Sun with the center of the Milky Way may have just been gravy, I'm not sure on that one - like I said, I only caught part of the show.
Anyway, I found this show to be very interesting.