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'Doomsday' 2012 Prediction Explained: Mayan Calendar Was Cyclical
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'Doomsday' 2012 Prediction Explained:
Mayan Calendar Was Cyclical
ScienceDaily (Nov. 14, 2009) — Contrary to what the latest
Hollywood blockbuster movie would suggest, the world will NOT
end on Dec. 21, 2012, according to Ann Martin, a doctoral candidate
in Cornell University's department of astronomy. Her research
focuses on the hydrogen content of galaxies in the nearby universe.
The Mayan calendar was designed to be cyclical, so the fact that the
long count comes to an end in December 2012 is really of no
consequence, according to Martin. Simply, it is the end of great
calendar cycle in Mayan society, much like our modern society
celebrated the new Millennium. It does not mean that the "world will
end." In fact, the Mayan calendar does not end then and there is no
evidence to suggest that the Mayans -- or anyone for that matter --
has knowledge for the world's demise.
For the past three years, Martin has been a volunteer with Cornell's
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