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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 prophesies? Tell us in the comments.

SomeoneSpecial December 21, 2012 at 06:55 AM
The scary part is the fact of the solar flairs on the sun ( the sun tornado's ) as they have been calling them and the space ship like object that "NASA" recorded on film sucking or looked as if it was sucking energy from the sun. First question - How did that huge alien type object get so close to the sun without burning up? Second question - How can we use the suns energy like the alien object was pulling from the sun? Even NASA stated they have never seen an object like that before in their whole time of recording the sun and its surroundings. And why have i heard from more then 5 US high ranked Military saying NASA has made contact with aliens from the moon ? At first i though they had military brain issues but after seeing NASA and their recording of this alien type object sucking energy from the sun makes me believe NASA has come across these alien type creatures And are feeding us a line of BS That recording NASA done just told me "I'm the correct one". It is time to let us know NASA, stop being scared of who ever you are scared of and come forward. If you lie about that what else do you lie to us about? If i knew, i would state it live on news and coming from NASA everyone would believe. So it would be worth dieing over, and gives you more respect !!!
SomeoneSpecial December 21, 2012 at 07:03 AM
Long story short, The sun or what ever that object was sucking the suns energy and using it for their gas will more then likely be what causes the sun to flair and will cause our worlds end if that thing would leave the sun alone I'm pretty sure there would be no solar flairs so when people say the aliens will kill us i feel they are somewhat correct however they will not be doing it intentionally they will jack the sun up so bad it crumbles because the spot that object was sucking from was a flair coming off the sun not beside that flair right on it making it even larger of a flair !

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