The Astrophysics, Cosmology and Gravity Centre (http://www.acgc.uct.ac.za), in association with the organising committee of the 2nd Middle East / Africa Regional IAU Meeting of Astronomy, will host a public lecture on Tuesday 12 April at 7pm (New Science Lecture Theatre, upper campus) on "Will the World End in 2012?" by Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell.
The ancient Mayan calendar ends in the year 2012 and it has been predicted that this means the end of the world. The astronomical phenomena (solar storms, planets or asteroids crashing into the Earth, planetary alignments etc.) cited as the cause of the end of the world will be examined. See also the Monday Paper.