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It's the end of the world (or not!).

posted Thursday November 15, 2012

You've heard the stories: An ancient Maya calendar ends on Dec. 21, 2012, so that means the world is ending, right? Wrong?

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center presents a special "Carolina Skies: End of the World Edition" on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, beginning at 8 p.m.

Did the ancient Maya really predict the end of the world to occur on Dec. 21, 2012? Is there any truth to the rumor that Earth will align with a supermassive black hole? Will the planets line up? Morehead educator Amy Sayle leads a journey through our Solar System and the Milky Way Galaxy to explore the real-world astronomy behind these claims.

This special "Carolina Skies" is most appropriate for adults and older teens. Regular ticket prices apply: $7.25 for adults; $6 for students and seniors. No advance ticket sales; doors open approximately 30 minutes before showtime.

But wait! There's more!

Morehead created a series of Science 360 programs around the theme "The Truth Behind 2012." These programs explore the science about planetary alignments, polar shifts and other events that some people believe could be apocalyptic.

You can watch any of these programs through videos on Morehead's YouTube channel here:

You can also read a "live blog" report from a speech about the Maya calendar, presented at Morehead by archaeoastronomer Dr. Anthony Aveni. Find it on Morehead's blog here:

The photograph of the Chichen Itza pyramid appearing on the homepage link to this article was taken by Kyle Simouard and licensed through Creative Commons.