Do you think humanity is doomed? Tomorrow, the Doomsday Watch will go on its 75th birthday. It will reveal our fate in light of COVID-19, global conflicts, and other threats to humanity.

  • On Thursday, the Doomsdayclock will be revealed for the 75th and final time to show humanity the possibility of its extinction
  • Since 2000, the clock is set at midnight.
  • Scientists will decide if the clock should move closer to midnight or further away.
  • At 10:00am, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists hosts a livestream of this event.

It has been keeping track of the possibility of mankind’s destruction since 1947. A panel of scientists will reveal it again on Thursday to decide our fate.

Since the beginning of the year, the clock hand is set at 100 seconds past midnight. But with Russia’s war and Ukraine’s climate crisis, conflicts in space, coronavirus epidemics and conflict between the countries of the world it is difficult to believe that the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists will ever turn back the clock.

Two minutes ago at the height Cold War 1953, the clock was close to reaching midnight. 17 minutes earlier at the conclusion of that war was the closest the clock was from moving past midnight.

Tomorrow, Monday 20th January 2019, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists will host a livestream at 10:00 EST (1500 GMT).

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The Doomsday clock has kept track of the likelihood of humanity's annihilation since it 1947 and on Thursday, a panel of scientists will again unveil it for the 75th time to determine our fate

Since 1947, the Doomsday clock has been keeping track of human annihilation. On Thursday, scientists from the panel will unveil the clock for the 75th consecutive time.

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists website states that the Doomsday Clock “has been a symbol for the closeness of humanity to its own destruction” over the past 75 years.

“Since 1947 it has served as an appeal to action to reverse the hands that have already moved inwards.”

Scientists from the United States created the clock as a symbol of humanity’s nearness to global catastrophe.

Artist Martyl Langsdorf was commissioned to make the clock and told to to create an image that would ‘frighten men into rationality,’ according to Eugene Rabinowitch, the first editor of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.

The clock's hand has remained at 100 seconds to midnight for the past two year, but with war looming between Russia and Ukraine (pictured) some are sure the hand will not move away from midnight

For the last two years, the clock’s hour hand has been at 100 seconds past midnight. However, with the threat of war between Russia (pictured), some believe the time will never change.

The Doomsday clock first moved to 100 seconds to midnight in January 2020, and remained there in 2021 - in part due to a 'lack of action' over the COVID-19 pandemic

Doomsday first reached 100 seconds before midnight on January 2020. In 2021 it remained at that time due to lack of response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Langsdorf developed a stripped-down clock to reflect urgency and only hours in the last quarter before midnight are shown on the face. 

She also decided to place the minute hand seven minutes prior to midnight. This was only a visual. 

Rabinowitch was the one who moved the hand three minutes earlier in 1949. 

Every year, since then, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists announced whether the Doomsday Clock’s minute hands have moved towards or away from midnight. That is what marks the beginning of the end of the world.

The clock was founded by US scientists involved in the Manhattan Project that led to the first nuclear weapons during World War II and is a symbolic countdown to represent how close humanity is to complete global catastrophe. Pictured is the first unveiling in 1947

Scientists from the United States created the clock as a symbol of how close mankind is to global catastrophe. The first public unveiling was in 1947.

Scientists who examine events through the year determine when the time will be.

These can be politics, energy and weapons as well as diplomacy, diplomatic work, and research on climate science.

Since 1947, it has been moved backwards and forwards 24 times.

In January 2020, the Doomsday clock moved 100 seconds past midnight. It remained there until 2021 due in part to an ‘lackofaction’ regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

We will learn again tomorrow the fate of humanity.