NASA claims 2012 fears are unfounded
By T.K. Randall
December 10, 2011 · 51 comments
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NASA maintains that notions of an apocalypse near the end of December 2012 are complete nonsense.
For years speculation has grown thanks to interpretations of the ancient Mayan calendar which ends on the 21st December 2012, leading to the suggestion that the Mayans must have known the world was going to end at that time. "It would be like saying that our calendar ends Dec. 31, and that's the end of time," said NASA astronomer Don Yeomans who downplays the fuss. "The Maya never predicted the end of the world occurred at that time."
The ancient Mayan calendar was, like the modern Gregorian calendar, 365 days long. In addition to the year, the ancient Maya measured time in longer periods, with a short-count and a long-count calendar, just as we measure time in decades, centuries and millennia.
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