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Transit of Venus not the end of the world: Mexican astronomer

Transit of Venus not the end of the world: Mexican astronomer
CNA and Staff Reporter 2012-06-06 12:55 (GMT+8)


The Mayan prophesy that the world will end in 2012 is nothing but a show-business fabrication, a distinguished Mexican astronomer said recently in Taiwan, asserting that a rare view of the planet Venus this week will present a far more accurate picture of the Mayan calendar.


Venus forms a dark spot as it travels between the Earth and the Sun. (Photo/Xinhua)

Jesus Galindo Trejo, a researcher at National Autonomous University of Mexico, said there was no Mayan document predicting doomsday in 2012 as has been highly publicized in popular media. The Mayans inhabited parts of what is now Mexico.

"The saying did not exist in the ancient Mayan culture, and it does not exist in modern astronomy, either," Galindo said at a forum at the Taipei Astronomical Museum over the weekend.

Those spreading the idea of the Mayan apocalypse contend that the world will come to an end on Dec. 21 or 22 this year, when the Mayan "Long Count" calendar completes a "great cycle" covering 13 smaller cycles over 5,125 years.

But Galindo said the calendar was merely one of many Mesoamerican calendars used in ancient times. Also, due to different interpretations of the calendar, whose original versions were destroyed when the Spanish occupied the region in the 16th century, the exact starting point of the calendar remains a mystery.

In other words, Galindo said, there is not even a consensus that the 13th cycle of the Long Count ends this year — a time when some believe a widespread catastrophe will be triggered that brings an end to human civilization.

Having studied astrophysics and astronomical archaeology for more than 20 years, Galindo said that if people wanted to find out the truth about the end of the 13th cycle, called "Baktun," they should follow Venus on Wednesday.

On that day, the planet is expected to travel between the Sun and the Earth, forming a small dot in front of the Sun.

A rare celestial event that comes in pairs eight years apart, with each pair separated by over a century, the transit of Venus could coincide with the end of the latest Baktun, Galindo said.

"The Mayans worshiped Venus and depended much on it in time recording," Galindo said. He believes this transit of Venus best represents the description of the conclusion of the 13th Baktun left behind in ancient Mayan documents.

To sum up, Galindo said that instead of panicking over the so-called Mayan prophesy, one should feel upbeat about embracing the start of a new cycle — whenever that date is. "No one in my country is really worried about this 2012 thing," he said. "On the contrary, Mexicans are all thrilled as the nonsense has brought us tons of foreign tourists."

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Re: Transit of Venus not the end of the world: Mexican astronomer

Lets wait till that day first. I will be here in the forum on that day, if possible.

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