End of the world this weekend: Internet is ablaze with eclipse and solstice conspiracies

END OF THE WORLD fears have taken over the world as people share bizarre conspiracy theories about the Maya calendar, and this weekend’s solar eclipse and summer solstice.

End of the world purveyors believe June 21, 2020, could be the day armageddon strikes, eight years after their initial predictions were proven wrong. According to the Maya calendar, the source of many conspiracy theories, the world was meant to end on December 21, 2012. But after the doomsday date came and went without incident, conspiracists have been forced to reevaluate their predictions.


    Some have now claimed the Maya calendar was wrongly interpreted as a result of discrepancies between the Julian calendar and the Gregorian calendar used today.

    New predictions have proposed the world will end on June 21 – the same day a solar eclipse will blot out the Sun just hours after the annual summer solstice.

    The unusual claims have sparked a wild debate on social media platforms, with many doubting the world is going to end any time soon.

    One Twitter user said: “Is there any chance, even though the world is not visibly prematurely trying to split itself in half, that the June 21 end of the world is real??? Pls someone say yes.”


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    Another person said: “For those that think 2020 couldn’t get worse apparently it’s the Mayan end of the world this weekend.

    “Some are saying now that the original date of 2012 was wrong and that we’re actually in their 2012 currently and the end comes this weekend on June 21. Bring it I’m fed up anyway.”

    A third person said: “Scholars did the wrong math. The end of the Mayan Calendar is Sunday June 21 2020.

    “With the announcement of mass Luciferians marching en masse all over the country, can we all agree the world is coming to an end?”

    The doomsday theories have also been co-opted by some Christian evangelists who believe the solar eclipse-solstice is a prophetic sign of the end times.

    The doomsday claims are based on a now-deleted tweet by scientist Paolo Tagaloguin.

    Mr Tagaloguin claimed we are technically in the year 2012, as a result of an 11-day shift into the Gregorian calendar.

    He tweeted: “For 268 years using the Gregorian Calendar (1752-2020) times 11 days = 2,948 days. 2,948 days / 365 days (per year) = 8 years.”

    Scientists and conspiracy theory experts are, however, unconvinced by the latest doomsday predictions.

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    When the world was supposed to end eight years ago, the US space agency NASA debunked all claims about the Maya calendar.

    NASA said: “Just as the calendar you have on your kitchen wall does not cease to exist after December 31, the Mayan calendar does not cease to exist on December 21, 2012.

    “This date is the end of the Mayan long-count period but then – just as your calendar begins again on January 1 – another long-count period begins for the Mayan calendar.”

    With the exception of five mass extinction events in Earth’s history, the planet has been going strong for more than four billion years.

    Dr John Carlson, director of the Center for Archaeoastronomy, has labelled the Maya prophecy a “misconception from the very beginning”.

    He said: “The Maya calendar did not end on December 21, 2012, and there were no Maya prophecies foretelling the end of the world on that date.”

    Experts have also debunked all current predictions, labelling them elaborate online hoaxes.

    Nick Pope, a former UFO investigator for the British Ministry of Defence said in a tweet: “Things may feel apocalyptic right now, but don’t panic, the world isn’t going to end on June 21, as some Mayan calendar theorists suggest.

    “This unscientific nonsense is just as bogus as all the other previous (and wrong!) end of the world predictions.”

    Sourse: www.express.co.uk

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