According to Gerardo Aldana, the ancient Mayan calendar may have the 2012 doomsday wrong! The University of California Santa Barbara professor has a new book out, ‘Calendars and Years II: Astronomy and Time in the Ancient and Medieval World’. Gerardo Aldana says the ancient Mayan calendar may have the 2012 doomsday wrong by 100 years!

LONDON - JUNE 8:  The planet Venus is visible as a black dot as it transits across the face of the sun as seen from the Greenwich Observatory June 8, 2004 in London. The rare astronomical event last occurred in 1882, while the next transit is due in 2012.   (Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images)

Of course, not everyone agrees with his findings. Many people have made a cozy living on the hysteria that the world will come to an end on December 21, 2012. But Prof. Aldana disagrees. Using a GMT constant to convert the Mayan calendar to a Gregorian one, which shows that the actual date of the end of the Mayan calendar may be off from 50 to 100 years.

The popular notion spread by many is that the Mayans, who were apparently obsessed with Time and in tune with Nature, realized centuries ago that the world would come to an end on December 21, 2012. But the reality is that the Mayans actually used three calendars. One based on the solar year of 365 days, another based on the transit of Venus of 260 days and a third based on a 52-year cycle.

Geraldo Aldana’s research, however, questions the ‘GMT constant’, named after Mayan scholars, Joseph Goodman, Juan Martinez-Hernandez and J. Eric S. Thompson. Early translations of the Mayan calendar and prophecies into Latin may lie at the heart of the problem. Aldana believes that there are errors with the GMT constant itself, which thereby throws the whole December 21, 2012 doomsday date off.

If Prof. Geraldo Aldana of the University of California Santa Barbara is correct, then the 2012 doomsday is wrong and may be off between 50 to 100 years. This is good news for us slackers who have yet to build doomsday bunkers and stocked up with food, water, guns and ammunition. But just in case, plenty of people, including the U.S. government, are preparing. More on that soon!

circa 1955:  The Temple of Kukulcan, the Mayan god of rain, at Chichen Itza, near Valladolid.  (Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images)
BERLIN - JANUARY 16:  Actress Katie Pfleghar poses in a mock-up cage while holding a sign that reads 'Freedom for Chickens. Away with Cages in 2012!' during a protest organized by PETA in front of the Ministry of Agriculture January 16, 2008 in Berlin, Germany. PETA, or People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is urging German Agriculture Minister Horst Seehofer not to delay the ban on so-called laying batteries, under which chickens bred for egg-laying live in harsh conditions, due to go into effect EU-wide in 2012. According to PETA, some EU countries, including France and Spain, are delaying the ban by 10 years.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

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