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This story is all over the place ... the reality of what might happen (and that it might be 2012 or not) - a couple paragraphs in.
I loved when this was reported in the daily mail in the UK the headline was "Earth 'to get second sun' as supernova turns night into day". "To get" as if it was a switch that would be thrown that Tuesday. But my favourite part of the story (and I think it's referenced above) is the classic...
Brad Carter, Senior Lecturer of Physics at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia, claimed yesterday that the galactic blast could happen before 2012 – or any time over the next million years.
...Oh, right. So statistically, there is a 1 in a million chance of it happening this year then. It's a fascinating story and I love it to happen in my lifetime but the way it was reported by some tabloid newspapers was incredible. :)
the Mayan calendar predicts Armageddon in 2012
I don't believe that is an accurate statement- there really is no explanation for why the Mayan calendar ends in 2012, and I don't know where this writer gets his information- I have done a little research on this topic. But it certainly seems plausible that Betelgeuse could super-nova on Dec 23rd, 2012..
My understanding on why The Mayan Calendar ends is that the Mayans say time is changing - not the world ending.
Typical western apocolyptic interpretation.....