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The Sciences

2012 nonsense at Information is Beautiful

Bad AstronomyBy Phil PlaitNovember 23, 2009 9:00 PM


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The cool website Information is Beautiful presents, um, well, information in a beautiful way. They recently posted a good guide to the sense and nonsense of the 2012 phenom, pretty much showing that the major claims of the doomcriers are baloney. I haven't checked every factoid of the graphic, but the part pictured above is cool: I independently came to this same conclusion a few months ago using some planetarium software to plot the position of the Sun and the Galactic center (and presented this at TAM 7, in fact). There are people out there trying to spin, fold, and mutilate astronomy to fit their pre-manufactured conclusions about 2012, but -- as usual when it comes to doomsday scenarios -- the actual facts show that these scaremongers' claims are as vacuous as space itself.

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