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Is December 21, 2012, the End of the World? Experts Think Not

Here's what scholars and scientists are saying about the Dec. 21, 2012, Doomsday prophesies, the end of the Mayan calendar and their potential impact.

 

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, despite the plans for "end of days" parties in Gwinnett County and elsewhere, 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.

Why do you think people get so caught up in end-of-the-world predictions? Tell us in the comments below.

Simstar - SA December 18, 2012 at 11:48 AM
People fear the unknown..and that is exactly what the end of the world is..unknown to man. People want to stick a date to this event so that they don't feel so powerless against the unknown..but this end of the world prediction shall also pass just as those previous incorrect doom's dates! There are too many things that must still happen in this world before it will end. Relax people, dont do stupid things that you will regret on the 22/12/2012! May we all rather use our energy to better this world in stead of wasting it on empty fears that you have no control over anyway!!
nusrat December 18, 2012 at 01:06 PM
no one knows when world will end except Lord . those they have died thats end of the world for them. we should be preparing our self by doing good deeds ,apply our religion teching in our daily life to make the perfect world then why we have to worry when world will end ?can end anytime? but we are ready to be with our Jesus kingdom. do not trust on hoax messages or video. be happy and stay blessed by prais and worshipping . no matter what your religion do not deny your holy books & your creator . Human can not pridect what is going to happened? leaves the end of the world worries and enjoy life . Merry christmas and prosperous new year.
abhinayaallay December 18, 2012 at 01:54 PM
don't fear all my frends...it just to scard people..Don't fear. MERRY CHRISTMAS and happy prosperous ney year..2013.
FearTheTruth December 18, 2012 at 03:18 PM
The people who have been spreading this nonsense for a couple of years now should be held accountable for all the shootings that have been taking place. I'm sure, feeling the end of the world is near, might have sent these shooters over the edge. The Media in general is at fault. Fear is the greatest brainwasher, it will make people do things they normally wouldn't. When the media stops their fear mongering to get ratings, things will change. Look at how the media has turned the tragedy in CT into a Circus.

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