Apocalypse mongers had predicted in 2012 that the end of the world was going to strike. The conspiracy theory came about as the Maya calendar seemingly ended on that date, compared with the Gregorian calendar which is used in the western world. However, December 21, 2012, came and went, and there was very little evidence the apocalypse had actually occurred.
But now, some doomsdayers are claiming the reading of the Maya calendar was wrong, and the end of the world is actually June 21, 2020 – TODAY.
The new conspiracy theory was brought about by a person known as Paolo Tagaloguin, who explained his theory on Twitter.
He 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.”
This takes the apparent end of the world from December 21, 2012, to June 21, 2020.
While many events this year may seem apocalyptic, astronomers are quick to point out there is absolutely no truth to the claim.
For starters, an ancient civilisation can not dictate when the world will end.
Secondly, and the most important point, is that the Gregorian calendar did not lose 11 days a year, as per Mr Tagaloguin’s claim.
Astronomer Phil Plait explained on SyFy: “The Gregorian calendar does not lose 11 days per year! Basically, the Julian calendar, which was widely used a long time ago, didn’t account for leap years very well, so hundreds of years ago countries started switching to the Gregorian calendar, which does a better job (though it’s a little complicated).
“When they did, the calendar had to jump forward a bunch of days to compensate for days missed— usually about 10 or 11 days — but it was only done once.
“Not every year. So the claim that somehow 8 years have been skipped is wrong.
“Second, that doesn’t matter anyway, because the 21 December 2012 date was converted from the Maya calendar to the Gregorian one in the first place.
“So there’s no reason to even bring the Julian calendar into this. It doesn’t make sense.”