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Debunking the end of the world with Andrew Yee

Staff writer
January 1, 2012 — Astronomer Andrew Yee debunks the theory that the world will come to an end in 2012.

According to Yee, the Long-Count calendar is the cause of confusion
According to Yee, the Long-Count calendar is the cause of confusion

There are a number of websites, books and movies that say the end of the world will come when the Maya calendar system comes to an apparent end in 2012.

But these claims should be treated purely as fiction says astronomer Andrew Yee.

“The Maya calendar system is actually made out of three different calendars,“ explains Yee. “They were used simultaneously and synchronized before the Spanish Conquest.“

Yee says that the North American calendar system, the Gregorian calendar, is much simpler.

Of the three Maya calendar systems, one of them is called a “Long-Count calendar.“

“This is the centre of the 2012 issue,“ says Yee.

The issue is that when the counter comes to an end then, on December 20th, then apparently the world will come to an end,“ he explains. “There is actually only a single piece of Maya text that survived history, and it has the date December 21st, 2012 inscribed on it.“

“Yee says that in November 2011, two scholars did a renewed interpretation of the text on the monument.

“[The interpretation] simply states the era ends and the new era begins.“

For more information on the Maya calendar, visit

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