World Ending on Dec. 21? Planetarium Explains the Myth

The Manitoba Museum’s Planetarium will begin showing “Ancient Skies, Ancient Mysteries” on Saturday.

Running every weekend at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Ancient Skies looks behind the Mayan prophesy that says the world will end on December 21, 2012.

“This show really explains what the Mayans knew about time, and what their “prediction” really is: the end of a calendar cycle, not the end of the world,” said Scott Young, manager of science communications and visitor experiences. “We’ve programmed the show to run well past the predicted end of the world. All of the other stuff you hear about — solar storms, alignments of planets, and so on — is either made up by greedy book authors to sell their books, or stuff that happens all the time and isn’t a big deal.”

Barring any world-ending events, the screenings will continue until January 6, 2013.

Two other shows run in rotation with Ancient Skies, including One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure and Wonders of the Universe.