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Is December 21, 2012 the End of the World? Scholars, NASA Say No

Find out what the experts are saying about the Dec. 21, 2012, Doomsday prophesies, the end of the Mayan calendar and their potential impact on the entire world.

Don’t make any rash decisions: Experts say 12/21/12 is going to be just another typical winter solstice.

Killer solar flares aren’t expected. Another planet isn’t on a collision course with ours. And the Mayan “long count calendar” ending on this date has no real significance – they had to end it somewhere!

What is All the Fuss About?

There are a number of theories and predictions that call for earth’s demise on Dec. 21, 2012. They include:

  • The ending of the Mayan calendar. The Mayans, according to a Sarasota Patch article, kept three separate calendars. The “long calendar” ends on Dec. 21. Some say this constitutes a Doomsday prediction; many do not.
  • Nostradamus. That famed French seer from the 1500s has been credited with predicting several end-of-the-world scenarios that some believe will take place in 2012. The website December212012.com points to the potential sparking of World War III on this date.
  • The collision of Earth and the supposed planet Nibiru. This supposed space catastrophe was initially predicted to strike in 2003. The planet in question was supposedly discovered by the Sumerians, according to NASA. When the world didn’t end in 2003, the date was moved to December 2012 for the deadly collision with earth.

What are the Experts Saying?

The intrigue created by multiple end-of-the-world predictions has made many scholars and even NASA stand up to make statements debunking the claims. From professors at Tampa Bay’s own New College to the scientific minds at NASA, they’re all saying the same thing: Go ahead and pay that mortgage bill and wrap those holiday presents.

In regard to the ending of the Mayan calendar, New College’s Gabrielle Vail says this, according to Sarasota Patch:

There are many misconceptions about the Mayans. If you look at their calendar alone, the Mayans kept three calendars. The one that has prompted the end of the world predictions was their "long count calendar" — a 5,125 year calendar. The calendar began August 11, 3114 B.C. and ends Dec. 21, 2012.

She said the Mayans wrote about dates beyond Dec. 21, 2012 "well, well into the future, trillions of years." They also wrote about dates before the 5,125 year calendar began.

Here’s what NASA has to say about all of the collective Doomsday prophesies:

The world will not end in 2012. Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012.

What do you think? Is the world coming to an end in a few days, or are you making sure those bill payments go out on time? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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John Wayne December 17, 2012 at 11:20 PM
I think we as a people are fatalistic. Saw on the news that 22 percent of people believe the world end within their lifetime. I'm surprised the percentage isn't much higher. But hey, the worlds been ending every since there's been Teenaged girls with broken hearts.
VijayBalu December 18, 2012 at 02:53 AM
I think it's just waste of time and energy. Better we can do our regular activity.
rusty December 18, 2012 at 04:11 AM
I think its all a reason to panic hahaha the world will always have a dooms day and they're will always be preppers but why live in a hole for thirty years that's not living at all the Bible says no man knows the day nor the hour of which the son of man comes that's the only day we need to worry about and of you don't know Jesus Christ as your saviour well then that will surely be the doomsday they've long awaited
Jess Horne December 18, 2012 at 04:31 AM
Hi Skokie, Stay well. All The Best, Jess Horne
anil kc December 18, 2012 at 05:18 AM
i don't believe it ....there will no change in earth it' s only joking
THOMSON December 18, 2012 at 06:44 AM
thomson india there are 3 prophecies according to bible in which the world will end they are 1.three dark days before the world ends. 2.earth pole displacement will happen. 3.rise of anti christ. the finall day after this day is the judgement day....christ will come and judge us.. proof: the sun will not glow when all its helium gas are used, the scientists say that it takes 450 billion years for the helium to lost its content. 2.earth pole displacement will hapen when sun and earth are in the same axial line of contact so tha t according to einstein displacement theory will be true. 3.anti christ will come when humans activities are renouned towards christ anti christ will come and say humans to worship him that time our saviour christ will come to save us. THESE THINGS HAVE NOT HAPPEN YET SO DONT WORRY MY BELOVED HUMANS.................SAVIOUR WILL SAVE US IF SO HAPPENS..........COOL
Reshad hakimi December 18, 2012 at 07:48 AM
I don't be leave it. It s a joke only a joke.
dattatray talekar December 18, 2012 at 11:19 AM
hello, this is very wrong statement ,because God is available in word ,presence important
Andri December 18, 2012 at 11:28 AM
I believe the end of world potentially are humans
Karen December 18, 2012 at 11:33 AM
All I know is there are a lot of very scared people, including children, if this is not true then why all the talk about it, people should stop it and get on with every day life as children are scared enough. My niece who is 13 is terrified at the thought and my 9 year old nephew. Luckily enough my 8 and 6 year old haven't heard anything and I'm sure as hell not going to scare them and we are looking forward to Xmas And my new baby next year
Anita Karki December 18, 2012 at 04:38 PM
we r mortals,every second is dangerous if we begin to b scared of....today is 18th,there is no sign...even when it is earthquake on the way...it shows signs......dun worry....nothing wil happen...if it has to happen.....fear is not a good idea...so chill

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