We are living in a year that has not been anything but worse for all. The world is still fighting against the dreadful infection caused by Covid-19. Everyday is a nightmare. The year 2020 has not proved to be fruitful. Communal riots, floods, murder of George Floyd that spread mass outrage all around and many other incidents have occurred bothering our lives.
Many out there wish nothing more but the year to come to an end soon opening a path towards a new beginning, a better year.
But amidst all this chaos a new trouble has knocked at our doors. Conspiracy theorists believe that a worse catastrophic event is nearing. According to their predictions, they believe the world will come to an end on June 21, 2020.
The theory surely rings a bell. Back in time the conspiracy theorists had also predicted the same to happen on December 21, 2012. People had somehow believed this conspiracy and accepted that the end was near but 2012 passed following another 8 years, welcoming 2020 presently.
This bizarre theory is based on an ancient calendar called the Mayan calendar. The 2012 Apocalypse was predicted following the date patterns of the Mayan calendar. However, the Gregorian calendar is used now by the majority of people across the world. This calendar came into existence in 1582, before which people made use of different calendars to keep track of dates.
The Mayan calendar and the Julian calendar were used widely before the Gregorian calendar came into use.
Experts say the Gregorian calendar was best introduced to try and better reflect the time it takes Earth to orbit the Sun.
However, it is believed by many that the Gregorian calendar is flawed. It is said that 11 days were lost from the year that was once determined by the Julian calendar.
Over time these lost days add up and now a conspiracy theory lingers upon us which claims that we should actually be in the year 2012, not 2020.
Paolo Tagaloguin in a tweet, which now deleted said, “Following the Julian Calendar, we are technically in 2012. The number of days lost in a year due to the shift into the 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”.
If this theory is to be true one could say June 21, 2020 would basically be December 21, 2012.
This theory has been making its rounds in social media causing paranoia.
NASA says,“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.”
“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”, explained the space agency.