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Old 20 April 2007, 10:12 AM
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This is a site discussing the 2012 myth in detail, written by astronomer Dr. Louis Strous.

I found that site through one of the sites promoting the 2012 nonsense, which, to its credit, was not averse to including a link to the offending reason in the response. (I didn't find the response convincing at all -- YMMV.)

Dr. Strous includes a criticism of a claim repeated in the OP article, that there is some kind of special conjunction with the center plane of the galaxy that will take place in 2012. From the OP:
On the winter solstice in 2012, the sun will be aligned with the center of the Milky Way for the first time in about 26,000 years.
Dr. Strous discusses this misunderstanding in detail:
The Milky Way has no clear central line either, so there is uncertainty about when the solstitial point crosses that central line. Different groups of people can each use reasonable definitions for the central line that yet deviate from one another. If we estimate (for example) that the uncertainty about the "best" central line of the Milky Way is half a degree (which is only a small fraction of the width of the Milky Way), then the corresponding uncertainty in the date at which the solstitial point crosses the central line is 0.5/360*26000 = about 36 years.
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