2012 events


  • January 31, 2012   –   433 Eros, the second-largest Near Earth Object on record (size 13x13x33 km) will pass Earth at 0.1790 astronomical units (26,778,019 km; 16,639,090 mi). NASA studied Eros with the NEAR Shoemaker probe launched on 1996-02-17.
  • May 20, 2012   –   Annular solar eclipse, a Sunday. Path of totality runs through the Pacific Ocean from northern China to California.
  • June 6, 2012   –   The second and last solar transit of Venus of the century. The next pair is predicted to occur in 2117 and 2125.
  • November 6, 2012   –   The United States Presidential, Senate, and House of Representatives elections.
  • November 13, 2012   –   Total solar eclipse, (visible in northern Australia and the South Pacific).
  • November 28, 2012   –   Penumbral lunar eclipse.
  • December 3, 2012   –   Jupiter oppositions.
  • December 21, 2012 @ 11:11 UTC   –   Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, Summer Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • December 21, 2012   –   The sun will reverse its own magnetic poles as a result of reaching the end of the current 11-year sunspot cycle.
  • December 21, 2012   –   Winter solstice, also known as Yule
  • December 21, 2012   –   The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, notably used by the Maya civilization among others of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, completes its thirteenth b’ak’tun cycle since the calendar’s mythical starting point (equivalent to August 11, 3114 BC in the proleptic Gregorian calendar, according to the “GMT-correlation” JDN= 584283). The Long Count b’ak’tun date of this starting point ( is repeated, for the first time in a span of approximately 5,125 solar years. The significance of this period-ending to the pre-Columbian Maya themselves is unclear, and there is an incomplete inscription (Tortuguero Monument 6) that records this date. It is also to be found carved on the walls of The temple of Inscriptions in Palenque, where it functions as a base date from which other dates are computed. This date figures prominently in the religious syncretism of New Age Mayanism.
  • December 23, 2012   –   The alternative date for the completion of the thirteenth b’ak’tun cycle in the Maya calendar, using a version of the GMT-correlation based on a JDN of 584285 (a.k.a. the “astronomical” or “Lounsbury correlation”), which is supported by a smaller number of Mayanist researchers.

Research about the year 2012   –   http://2012.alamongordo.com