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2012 Doomsday is Miscalculated, California Professor Says

October 20, 2010

2012 DoomsdayThe 2012 “doomsday” date predicted by the Mayan calendar is wrong, a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara said.

The calendar, which was created thousands of years ago by the Mayan civilization in Central America, stops at the Gregorian date of December 12, 2012. Many people have speculated that catostrophic events could occur when the date comes, which the Roland Emmerich film detailed in 2012.

Professor Gerardo Aldana, an associate professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies at U.C. Santa Barbara, said that the date could be inaccurate by 50 to 100 years or even more.

Aldana says that scholars have used the fixed numerical value called GMT constant to figure out the correlation between the Mayan and Gregorian dates. He says that the method has never been proven conclusively.

He added that his findings might challenge the accepted Gregorian dates, which are published in the new book “Calendars and Years II: Astronomy and Time in the Ancient and Medieval World.”

In his research, he attempted to reconstruct the astronomical practices of the ancient Maya people.

"One of the principal complications is that there are really so few scholars who know the astronomy, the epigraphy, and the archeology," Aldana said in a release.

"Because there are so few people who are working on that, you get people who don't see the full scope of the problem. And because they don't see the full scope, they buy into things they otherwise wouldn't. It's a fun problem."

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