Scientists Announce Doomsday Clock Time Showing How Close We Are to the Apocalypse

Midnight on the clock represents the end of the world.

Midnight on the clock represents doomsday. The closer the minute hand is to midnight, the higher the chance of a global cataclysm, according to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the group of scientists who set the time on the symbolic clock.

The clock's minute hand is assessed each year, and the clock's time "conveys how close we are to destroying our civilization with dangerous technologies of our own making," the Bulletin explained on its website.

The decision to move the clock's time is made by the bulletin's science and security board, which includes physicists and environmental scientists from around the world, in consultation with the bulletin's board of sponsors, which includes 16 Nobel laureates, according to the Bulletin.