(OPINION) Express – Doomsday predictions centered around the Mayan calendar have falsely pinned the end of the world on numerous occasions, beginning with the 2012 phenomenon. December 21, 2012, was regarded as the end-date of a 5,126-year-long cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, and festivities took place to commemorate the event in the countries that were part of the Maya civilization.


But some suggested that the date marked the apocalypse with various theories ranging from the arrival of the next solar maximum, an interaction between Earth and the supermassive black hole, or a collision with a mythical planet called Nibiru. Scholars from numerous disciplines quickly dismissed predictions of cataclysmic events as they arose, but that did not stop the sensational theories.


Now though, they have returned, thanks to once-in-20-years conjunction on December 21, 2020. At their closest, the event will see Jupiter and Saturn just 0.1 degrees apart – a fifth of a full Moon’s diameter. That date is, coincidentally, the beginning of the winter solstice and famed doomsday predictor Pastor Paul Begley believes it is all a recipe for disaster for life on Earth. He previously claimed:

“It will be the closest Jupiter and Saturn have been since 1623 and it won’t even come that close again for another 500 years. “So this is so rare and it’s going to be on the winter solstice. “It’s going to be on December 21, 2020. “The Mayans are now reorganizing and saying this could certainly be the end of the world as we know it.” READ MORE

The Daily Express is a daily national middle-market tabloid newspaper in the United Kingdom. It is the flagship of Express Newspapers, a subsidiary of Northern & Shell. It was first published as a broadsheet in 1900 by Sir Arthur Pearson. Its sister paper, the Sunday Express, was launched in 1918.