The Doomsday Clock will be updated TOMORROW to determine our fate, as the war between Israel and Hamas continues and climate disasters continue to wreak havoc.

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Is humanity doomed?

We’ll find out tomorrow, when the Doomsday Clock, a symbolic clock that ticks closer to midnight to reflect global man-made catastrophes, is updated for 2024.

Since last year, the Doomsday Clock has been set at 90 seconds to midnight.

But MailOnline predicts midnight will approach as the war between Israel and Hamas continues, the conflict in Ukraine shows no signs of ending and climate disasters continue to wreak havoc.

Here’s everything you need to know about Doomsday Clock before it updates tomorrow.

Is humanity doomed?  We'll find out tomorrow, when the Doomsday Clock, a symbolic clock that ticks closer to midnight to reflect global man-made catastrophes, is updated by 2024 (file image)

Is humanity doomed? We’ll find out tomorrow, when the Doomsday Clock, a symbolic clock that ticks closer to midnight to reflect global man-made catastrophes, is updated by 2024 (file image)

Since last year, the Doomsday Clock has been set at 90 seconds to midnight.  But MailOnline predicts it will be approaching midnight.

Since last year, the Doomsday Clock has been set at 90 seconds to midnight. But MailOnline predicts it will be approaching midnight.

When will Doomsday Clock be updated?

The clock is currently closer than ever: it is 90 seconds to midnight.

But at 10am EST (3pm GMT) on Tuesday (January 23), it could be set even closer to midnight.

This means that the threat of a man-made global catastrophe is closer than at any time since 1947, when the clock was devised.

WHAT IS THE END CLOCK?

The Doomsday Clock is a symbolic clock that shows how close the world is to a man-made global catastrophe, experts believe.

Each year, the clock is updated based on how close we are to the total annihilation of humanity (‘midnight’).

If the clock advances and approaches midnight (compared to the time it was set the previous year), it suggests that humanity has moved closer to self-destruction.

But moving back further than midnight suggests humanity has reduced the risks of global catastrophe over the past 12 months.

Some years, the clock’s hands do not move at all – as was the case in 2021 and 2022 – suggesting that the global situation has not changed.

The clock is set by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a Chicago-based nonprofit that publishes an academic journal.

Although it is a symbolic clock and not a real one, the organization presents a physical “quarter clock” model at an event by revealing if and how the hands have moved.

After the unveiling, the model can be found located in the Bulletin’s offices in the Keller Center, home of the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy.

Experts from the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists remove a cloth covering the Doomsday Clock in Washington on January 24, 2023. Last year, the clock advanced to 90 seconds to midnight.  It was the closest the Apocalypse Clock came to midnight in its entire history.

Experts from the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists remove a cloth covering the Doomsday Clock in Washington on January 24, 2023. Last year, the clock advanced to 90 seconds to midnight. It was the closest the Apocalypse Clock came to midnight in its entire history.

WHEN IS THE END CLOCK UPDATED?

Every January, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists reveals its annual update of the Doomsday Clock, even if the hands have not moved.

This year, the organization will reveal the clock’s hands at 10am EST (3pm GMT) on Tuesday (January 23) during a livestreamed event.

Speakers at the event will include Bulletin President and CEO Rachel Bronson and science educator Bill Nye, known in the United States for his outlandish experiments.

It will be broadcast live on the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists’ YouTube channel and website.

MailOnline will also be covering the announcement live, so be sure to check back tomorrow.

WHEN WAS THE END CLOCK CREATED?

The Doomsday Clock dates back to June 1947, when American artist Martyl Langsdorf was hired to design a new cover for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists magazine.

With a striking image on the cover, the organization hoped to “scare men into rationalization,” according to Eugene Rabinowitch, the magazine’s first editor.

The Doomsday Clock dates back to June 1947, when American artist Martyl Langsdorf was hired to design a new cover for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists magazine.

The Doomsday Clock dates back to June 1947, when American artist Martyl Langsdorf was hired to design a new cover for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists magazine.

Dr. Leonard Rieser, chairman of the board of directors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, moves the hand of the Doomsday Clock to 17 minutes before midnight in offices near the University of Chicago on November 26, 1991.

Dr. Leonard Rieser, chairman of the board of directors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, moves the hand of the Doomsday Clock to 17 minutes before midnight in offices near the University of Chicago on November 26, 1991.

It occurred against a backdrop of public fear about war and atomic weaponry, just two years after the Second World War ended.

Langsdorf initially considered drawing the uranium symbol before drawing a clock to convey a sense of urgency.

He set it to seven minutes to midnight because “it seemed right to me,” Langsdorf said later.

On the cover of later issues in subsequent years, the hands of the clock were adjusted based on how close we are to the catastrophe.

In 2009, the Bulletin ceased publication in paper form, but the clock is still updated once a year on its website and is now a long-awaited highlight of the scientific calendar.

WHO DECIDES THE TIME?

Shortly after its creation, the newsletter’s editor, Eugene Rabinowitch, decided whether the hands should be moved or not.

Rabinowitch was a scientist, fluent in Russian, and a leader in nuclear disarmament talks, which meant he had frequent conversations with scientists and experts from around the world.

After considering the discussions, I would decide whether the clock should be turned forward or slowed down, at least for the first few decades of its existence.

When he died in 1973, the Bulletin’s Science and Security Board, made up of experts in nuclear technology and climate science, took over.

This has included 13 Nobel Prize winners over the years.

The panel meets twice a year to discuss ongoing world events, such as the war in Ukraine, and whether a clock change is necessary.

WHEN WERE THE HANDS CLOSEST TO MIDNIGHT?

In 2023, the hands moved to their closest point at midnight (90 seconds) as humanity entered a “time of unprecedented danger.”

The change was largely due to the war in Ukraine and Russia’s threat to use nuclear weapons against Ukraine’s allies.

MailOnline predicts the clock could approach midnight as the war between Israel and Hamas continues.  In the photo, smoke billows over Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip during the Israeli bombardment on January 18.

MailOnline predicts the clock could approach midnight as the war between Israel and Hamas continues. In the photo, smoke…

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