Originally posted by Xcalibur254
reply to post by TheProphetMark
As a matter of fact, the Mayans predicted it closest even with all the technology we have today.
No they didn't. Like every other ancient culture with a solar calendar they measured years in 365 day cycles. Every few years they had to recall rate
their calendar because the months started falling outside the appropriate season.
I have a lot of respect for you. You're one of the best debunkers for this topic around because you seem to know your material. Forgive me if I'm
beginning to forget a lot of information because it's been awhile since I've researched this topic but I have done so, on and off for 10 years or
more. So as a reply to your message, I'm just going to say this;
A normal year is defined as 365 days. However, if you measure the exact amount of time it takes for the Earth to orbit the sun, the number is actually
365.242199 days (according to Encyclopedia Britannica).
Although there were only 365 days in the Haab year, the Mayas were aware that a year is slightly longer than 365 days, and in fact, many of the
month-names are associated with the seasons; Yaxkin, for example, means "new or strong sun" and, at the beginning of the Long Count, 1 Yaxkin was
the day after the winter solstice, when the sun starts to shine for a longer period of time and higher in the sky. When the Long Count was put into
motion, it was started at 184.108.40.206.0, and 0 Yaxkin corresponded with Midwinter Day, as it did at 220.127.116.11.0 back in 3114 B.C.E. The available evidence
indicates that the Mayas estimated that a 365-day year precessed through all the seasons twice in 18.104.22.168.0 or 1,101,600 days.
We can therefore derive a value for the Mayan estimate of the year by dividing 1,101,600 by 365, subtracting 2, and taking that number and dividing
1,101,600 by the result, which gives us an answer of 365.242036 days, which is slightly more accurate than the 365.2425 days of the Gregorian
Real number 365.242199..
Mayan's number 365.242036
Not to far off for the Mayans especially when you think about when they came up with that number compared to today because of our level of technology.
I think I'll start researching into it again, but honestly because of you I stopped believing the World would end but I still believe something might
happen only problem is I don't know what that will be. I really can't wait till Decemeber 21, 2012/Decemeber 23, 2012 to come and go so this madness
can finally be done and over with because I've wasted way too much time and energy on this subject of which I could have put to better use. It's a
facinating topic, there's no denying that.