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December 22 2012

Apocalypse postponed: how Earth survived Halley's comet in 1910


In case you haven't heard, the world ends tomorrow. Friday 21 December 2012 is the date that the Maya Long Count Calendar reads "thirteen b'aktun". This has somehow snowballed into a full-blown doomsday prophecy with the apocalypse involving against all verifiable evidence black holes, solar flares, previously unknown planets, and comets targeting Earth.

Comets have long been thought harbingers of disaster. As recently as 1910, Halley's comet was the subject of great public concern. Although it has nothing to do with the present Mayan Apocalypse, the parallels are interesting.

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