THE year 2020 has been pretty terrible so far but now a conspiracy theory is claiming the world will end this week.
The bizarre concept is based on an ancient calendar and a Mayan end of the world prediction.
Most of the world started using the Gregorian calendar back in 1582, that’s the calendar we know today.
However, before this people used different calendars to keep a track of dates including the Mayan and Julian calendars.
The Gregorian calendar was introduced to try and better reflect the time it takes Earth to orbit the Sun.
However, 11 days of time were said to be lost from the year that was once determined by the Julian calendar.
Over time these lost days add up and now there’s a conspiracy theory claiming that we should actually be in the year 2012, not 2020.
In a since deleted tweet, scientist Paolo Tagaloguin reportedly said: “Following the Julian Calendar, we are technically in 2012.
“The number of days lost in a year due to the shift into Gregorian Calendar is 11 days.
“For 268 years using the Gregorian Calendar (1752-2020) times 11 days = 2,948 days. 2,948 days / 365 days (per year) = 8 years”.
Following this theory, June 21, 2020 would actually be December 21, 2012, a date you may recognise.
Back in 2012, the date December 21 was proposed by some as the end of the world by conspiracy theorists who were using the Mayan calendar to try and make sense of an ancient prediction.
NASA said: “The story started with claims that Nibiru, a supposed planet discovered by the Sumerians, is headed toward Earth.
“This catastrophe was initially predicted for May 2003, but when nothing happened the doomsday date was moved forward to December 2012 and linked to the end of one of the cycles in the ancient Mayan calendar at the winter solstice in 2012 – hence the predicted doomsday date of December 21, 2012.”
The space agency previously explained: “For any claims of disaster or dramatic changes in 2012, where is the science? Where is the evidence?
“There is none, and for all the fictional assertions, whether they are made in books, movies, documentaries or over the Internet, we cannot change that simple fact.
“There is no credible evidence for any of the assertions made in support of unusual events taking place in December 2012.”
So conspiracy theorists using the Julian calendar may think the world is actually going to end at the end of this week but without any scientific evidence Nasa won’t agree.
As with most conspiracy theories, we have to remember that they are just that – a theory without evidence.
In other news, a meteorite crater lake in India has baffled scientists by mysteriously changing colour over night.
The tomb of Queen Cleopatra may finally have been found 2,000 years after she committed suicide.
And, cannabis has been found amongst other substances on an ancient shrine in Israel.
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