MINNEAPOLIS - Get your calendars out, because there may be a correction to make as a growing list of skeptics -- including the Minneapolis professor who re-arranged the zodiac -- say the end of Mayan calendar may be off. Way off.
There’s even an iPhone app that counts down to the date quite a few people have been dreading: Dec. 12, 2012.
If you buy into the doomsday deadline, the Mayan calendar comes to an end in just 600 days, but some experts now believe that a miscalculation that occurred while converting the Mayan calendar to our own could be between 50 to 100 years off.
So far, it seems nothing -- not even the planets -- are lining up as predicted.
Just about every recent disaster has seemed apocalyptic -- from earthquakes and tsunamis to record tornados, but some aren’t taking the bait.
“It’s so absurd,” said Parke Kunkel.
Kunkel, an astronomy professor in Minneapolis, said the stars and planets just aren’t lining up according to the Mayan myth, which states the Earth and Sun will align with the black hole at the center of the Milky Way.
Yet, another local professor says the Mayan calendar was amazingly accurate.
“They could’ve told you what day Easter fell on 25 million years ago,” said Hamline anthropology professor Skip Messenger.
The Mayan calendar is based on a 20-day cycle in 394-year increments known as a Baktun. On one tablet at a set of ruins in Mexico, the calendar stops at Baktun 13.
Though Dec. 21, 2012, has essentially become the new Y2K, for the astronomer, it’s just another day at the office.
“The only significance for me is, I’m going to have a bonfire in the driveway because it’s the winter solstice,” said Kunkel.
Another Mayan prophesy claims a rogue planet or moon will suddenly crash into the Earth, but that space invader should theoretically be visible in the southern hemisphere by now.
Kunkel said he believes the reason the apocalypse theory has caught on is because it’s a great way to sell books and movies.