There is a rumour that in the year 2012, the Mayan calender ends, and with it the world. This is the type of sensation that inspires film-makers. Apocalyptic themes promise a good box office. I have another reason for discussing this theme, and that is to present a nifty tool that can be found at fourmilab.ch. This tool can also be downloaded and used off line. What does the calendar converter do? It simply converts any date of choice into different calender systems, including the Mayan system. I use it primarily to quickly find dates for time periods larger than a month, for example searching for the conception date when using the trutine of Hermes. An example:
Take say the 15th of February 2009. What was the date 289 days before this day?
- Enter the 15th of February 2009, 12:00 in the Gregorian calendar. Press calculate.
- note the Julian day: 2454878
- subtract 289 = 2454589
- enter 2454589 in the Julian day field. Press calculate
- Look up the day in the Gregorian calendar, May 2, 2008
And what day was May 2, 2008 in the Mayan Long Count calendar?
12 baktun 19 katun 15 tun 5 uinal 7 kin or 12.19.15.05.07.
The day that is getting so much media coverage is the 19th of December 2012 or 18.104.22.168.19. This is the end of the 12th baktun cycle that is 144.000 days long. But this isn’t the end of a pictun cycle. It takes 20 baktun to make up a pictun cycle. It is only at the end of a pictun cycle that the Mayan’s believed the universe was destroyed and remade. There are still 8 baktun cycles to go! So if you are waiting for the Mayan apocalypse you have a long wait. That will be on October 12, 4772.