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Apr
01
2018

Easter and the Maya New Year

Posted by Bryan Mendez
Bryan Mendez

April 1st, 2018 is the Christian celebration of Easter in the Gregorian Calendar and it is also the start of a new year in the Maya Haab calendar. Next year they won’t occur on the same day. Both events are astronomical in origin. Let’s explore how these two calendars work. learn more...






Feb
16
2018

Chinese New Year

Posted by Bryan Mendez
Bryan Mendez

Examine the astronomical connections in the Chinese calendar. learn more...






Feb
01
2018

The Groundhog and the Candle

Posted by Bryan Mendez
Bryan Mendez

February 2nd is celebrated in the United States as both Groundhog’s Day and Candlemas, or Dia de la Candelaria in Spanish. Both celebrations have their roots in astronomical events.

Candlemas (Dia de la Candelaria) is a Christian celebration of the presentation of Jesus at the temple in Jerusalem, commemorating Mary's ritual purification after her childbirth. Following ancient Hebrew tradition, this took place 40 days after Jesus was born. Therefore, Candlemas is now celebrated 40 days after Christmas (Dec 25) on February 2nd. Some people do not remove Christmas decorations until this date, as it marks the end of the Christmas season.

These dates are where the first astronomical connection comes into play.

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Dec
18
2012

Solstice at Palenque, Chiapas

Posted by Bryan Mendez
Bryan Mendez

At Palenque, the famous Classic Maya site in the southern state of Chiapas, a poetic statement is replayed year after year in the written history as well as in the art and architecture of the site. learn more...






Dec
14
2012

Doomsday from Stellar Explosions

Posted by Bryan Mendez
Bryan Mendez

Perhaps the most violent of all the predictions for how the world could end in 2012 is the idea that one or more stars might explode on December 21 and wipe out all life on Earth.   learn more...






Dec
11
2012

Doomsday from Rogue Planets

Posted by Karin Hauck
Karin Hauck

One popular suggestion for how the world might end in 2012 is that there is a “rogue planet” out there -- not in a safe orbit circling the Sun, but moving inward toward the Sun on a collision course with Earth. learn more...






Dec
07
2012

Doomsday 2012: Here Comes the Sun

Posted by Bryan Mendez
Bryan Mendez

Solar storms are another common concern for those worried about Doomsday in December of 2012. But what are the real dangers from the Sun?

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Dec
04
2012

Doomsday from Pole Shift?

Posted by Bryan Mendez
Bryan Mendez

Another suggestion you sometimes hear for how doomsday will arrive on December 21st, 2012 is that the Earth’s poles will experience a drastic shift, leading to disaster.  
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Nov
28
2012

Doomsday 2012: Meteor Impacts

Posted by Bryan Mendez
Bryan Mendez

One of the possible 2012 doomsday scenarios is the collision of a large meteor with Earth that could cause a mass extinction, and bring about the end of human civilization.  learn more...






Nov
16
2012

2012 Talking Points

Posted by Bryan Mendez
Bryan Mendez

Presented here are some essential points regarding the 2012 Doomsday Phenomenon. Within these main points are links to sources of evidence for a particular topic.  learn more...





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