Doomsday Clock explained as Atomic scientists prepare to calculate apocalypse

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The Doomsday Clock warns the public about how close humans are to destroying the world – due to nuclear threats, climate change and information warfare.

Today, January 27, we find out if the time on the Doomsday Clock will be revised.

That means we will find out if we are closer to the apocalypse, further away from it, or if it will simply stay the same.

Here is everything you need to know about the Doomsday Clock – including what time it is now.

What is the Doomsday Clock?

The Doomsday Clock is a symbol which represents how close we are to Doomsday – or the likelihood of a man-made global catastrophe.

It was created by the nonprofit Bulletin of Atomic Scientists in 1945 as a way of showing how close the world was to nuclear war.

The Chicago Atomic Scientists put the clock with its hand set seven minutes to midnight on the cover of their journal, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

The clock shows how close humanity is to “midnight", or to sealing its dire fate. Obviously, the further the clock is from midnight, the safer the world is.

Since 2007 the clock also takes into account the effect of climate change on the world.

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Each year the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists meet to decide whether the events of the previous year have pushed humanity closer to the brink of destruction, or further away.

But before you go packing your apocalypse bag, remember the Bulletin has no actual way of knowing how close we are to doom.

Instead the clock measures how worried the board members of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists are about a global catastrophe. This is based on the general state of the world.

What time is the Doomsday Clock in 2021?

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As it stands, the time on the Doomsday Clock reads 100 seconds to midnight. Last year the Bulletin gave the clock a pessimistic push.

The clock went from two minutes to midnight – to a mere 100 seconds to midnight.

It remains to be seen whether the Bulletin will turn the clock closer to midnight after the disastrous year of 2020.

The announcement will come at 3pm on January 27. We will update this story when we know.

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