January 21, 2019

Maya Myth Moment–Venus Transit 2012

Maya Myth Moment–Venus Transit 2012

As the doomsday predictions escalate and certain TV cable networks hype the hype, we’re continuing to try to offer daily updates that feature fact and science to help bring down the nonsense.

Last night on the National Geographic Channel, it seemed like Scottish

Paul Burton in the National Geographic special hyping the Maya beyond reality.

reporter Paul Murton brought up every ridiculous claim he could in the show entitled, Mayan Apocalypse 2012. There were many times I found myself shaking my head mad that NatGeo would use such tactics in a ploy to attract viewers.  Personally, I think networks like NatGeo have a responsibility to not air a program like this one. Yes, it was grounded with some scientific input, such as that from our friend Dr. John Hoopes of the University of Kansas, but it really got to be a bit too much.  

A second show that came on afterward, Maya Underworld: The Real Doomsday, however, was brilliant, grounded in science and fact and was really good.  If you’ve not had the chance to see either show, we at least recommend the latter.

The Venus Transit

Scientists have documented that the Maya followed the planet Venus through the night skies and kept pretty accurate records of its movement.

Apparently, they even knew and could predict that there would be a Venus Transit, an eclipse-type alignment when Venus crosses between the earth and sun. From the text of Dr. Mark Van Stone’s 2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya book for iPad, “We witness a pair of these about once a century: the last few were 1518 & 1526; 1631 & 1639; 1761 & 1769; 1874 & 1882; 2004 & 2012.”

The Venus Transit 2012 happened back in August. Without any significance to much of anyone.  And if you were outside that day and didn’t know what to look for, you missed it.  Even with proper equipment, it would have been hard and dangerous to look at.

Nonetheless, a Venus Transit in 2012 has not hastened the end of times.

As a bonus, we’ve loaded up a video from Dr. Susan Milbrath of the University of Florida today talking about the Maya’s study of Venus.



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