|The prediction of a doomsday comet in 2012 is not based on evidence.|
|The Great Comet of 1882|
Comets and Doomsday
For centuries comets have awed and inspired mankind. Previously called 'Broom Stars', 'Guest Stars' and 'Cosmic Scimitars', these objects appeared, moved, and then disappeared from view, defying the apparent cosmic edict of a 'fixed sky'. Because of their unusual nature, these objects were either feared or venerated, and it was a common belief that they foretold important events, either good or evil.
During the middle ages, comets were regarded with fear, and accepted as omens of evil. This opinion has persisted into modern times in some people. Amateur astronomer and comet-watcher Gary W. Kronk has an article on his website regarding public hysteria about comets, both past and present.
The Bible Code
In 1997 Michael Drosnin1 published The Bible Code, which was based on a 1994 paper by Doron Witztum, Eliyahu Rips and Yoav Rosenberg titled "Equidistant Letter Sequences in the Book of Genesis" published in the scientific journal Statistical Science2. The entire premise of the bible code is that Equidistant Letter Sequences (ELS) are embedded in the Torah, and that they are encoded messages (presumably from God)
According to some websites3 a doomsday comet is predicted in the Bible Codes as follows:
- Comet 5772 (2012) Earth Annihilated
- Comet It will be Crumbled I will Tear to pieces 2012
Some claim that Comet Lulin is proof that this is true.
Criticism of Bible Codes
The so-called "Bible Codes" have been thoroughly debunked many times over4. However, the idea that the Bible Codes exist persists in popular culture.
The doomsday comet is often associated with the biblical wormwood object.
No Comet in 2012
Despite the fact that the earth has been hit by comets in the past, there is no astronomical data to suggest that we are going to be hit by one in 2012. In fact, just the opposite is true. We are actively looking for objects that may impact us at some future date. At this point there is no object, comet or otherwise, that is going to hit us, or even come that close, in 20125.
There is no comet that will be in a position to impact Earth in 2012