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The Galactic Center

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The end date of the Long Count Mayan calendar occurs on Dec. 21, 2012, just when a rare astronomical event will take place-- our sun will be aligned with the center of the Milky Way galaxy. However, "rather than it being the end of time and space, we might better speak of it as the center of time and space, which reflects the indigenous idea of periodic outflow and inflow around the cosmic center," John Major Jenkins writes in Maya Cosmogenesis 2012(1). The Galactic Center region (pictured) harbors a supermassive black hole 'Sgr A' and a number of supernova remnants (image 1(2), image 2, more info(3)).

1. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1879181487/ctoc
2. http://www.nrl.navy.mil/pao/PressReleases/1998/galac.jpg
3. http://www.mpi-hd.mpg.de/hfm/HESS/public/som/Som_12_04.htm

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