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Correct me if I am wrong, but we are NOT crossing the center of the Universe...
...I doubt we even know precisely where that is.
If memory serves me right we will crossing the center plane of the Milky Way (Galactic Equator).
"My thoughts are, this is would be a pretty-sounding fantasy if it didn't have the "Another End of the World" aspects attached. "
Not that I pay much attention to the 2012 / Planet X stuff. Correct me if I am wrong, but we are NOT crossing the center of the Universe, I doubt we even know precisely where that is.
The calendar doesn't "end", it works in cycles. It is the "end" of the current cycle, which is like 26k years or something, but it repeats. Just like the end of the month or year.
From my understanding, we're passing to the other side of the galactic plane. I haven't researched this though in years so who knows.
Originally posted by scubagravy
I believe its an assumption that the Mayan Calendar has an end date of 2012.
We have libraries, inside we have books, inside we have information.
If you have too much information to fit into one book, we make a second, forming volume Two.
Perhaps the Mayans found another way of recording their information some way else. Since this cycle ends in 2012, so does the book. Another begins.
We just havnt found volume two....yet.
Originally posted by zenius
Hi, I have just watched "2012: Science or Superstition" which has a few well know researchers interviewed on it. There are similarities between what the OP is suggesting and the theories presented in the video. It speaks of various cultures including course the Mayans, and how they charted time and cycles using positions of stars, sun, earth etc.
I have to agree that 2012 is merely denoting the end of a cycle, but I don't think that on a particular pre set date that everything will suddenly change. I believe that the change is already happening as it does perpetually.
We will never know whether similarities exist between now and the end of the last 26K year cycle, so why worry about it? After all, the world we live in is based on our perception of it, and if we want a better perception we have to change it ourselves, not pin our hopes on governments or those who we think have more power or money than us. We can't change natural cycles so we must learn to accept them and try to survive any situation which may be challenging the best we can.
Originally posted by Pilgrum
What our solar system is crossing is the plane of our galaxy, not the universe. That's a fairly 'fuzzy' area IE not sharply defined and is simply an imaginary disc with pretty much 50% of our galaxy on either side of it, the 'galactic equator'.
I don't have the actual data on hand but, from memory, it takes about 30 of our years to pass to what can be clearly defined as being on the other side of that equator. The crossing started in the mid 1980s so we're now past the mid point and no calamities as yet.
The north star 'Polaris' will remain exactly where it is (roughly in line with the earth's axis) as will all the other stars maintain their relative positions unless the earth's axis is suddenly shifted which is highly unlikely. We poor southern hemisphere people don't have a 'south star' as there's nothing notable in the south celestial pole area of the sky making stellar navigation more of a challenge down here. We have to use a little stellar trigonometry based on the position of the southern cross and the pointers to find true south at night.
Originally posted by Jenna
Makes more sense to me than most of the theories out there.