"In fact, if anyone from the ancient Maya civilization were alive today, they would be celebrating the date just as we celebrate New Year's Eve." Al Hariri added: "If you are looking for an apocalypse, it's scientific theories about meteor strikes, supervolcanoes and hypernovas
that you should be worried about."
are essentially giant supernovas, or exploding stars.
They have christened these 'hypernovas
' - stars 20 times larger than our sun undergoing their final death throes.
Some scientists believe these Hypernovas
are more than just exotic.
He suggests that both remnants represent material left over from the much more energetic outbursts called hypernovas
He argues that if supernovas mark the birth of neutron stars, then hypernovas
and gamma-ray bursts may mark the birth of black holes.