Her research focuses on the hydrogen content of galaxies in the nearby
The Mayan calendar was designed to be cyclical, so the fact that the long
count comes to an end in December 2012 is really of no consequence,
according to Martin.
Simply, it is the end of great calendar cycle in Mayan society, much like
our modern society celebrated the new Millennium. It does not mean that the
"world will end." In fact, the Mayan calendar does not end then and there is
no evidence to suggest that the Mayans - or anyone for that matter - has
knowledge for the world's demise.
For the past three years, Martin has been a volunteer with Cornell's
"Curious? Ask an Astronomer" service, a Web site founded by astronomy
graduate students in 1997.
"Curious? Ask an Astronomer" features the answers to over 750 frequently
asked astronomy questions, and readers who can't find their answers there
can submit a new question and receive a personal answer from a graduate