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Dec. 21: End of the World? Scholars, NASA Respond

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 Berkley and Huntington Woods. Leave a comment to tell us what you think!

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

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 told 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.]

ShahrOz KhaLid December 18, 2012 at 02:57 PM
To those who came up with the idea the world will end on 21 dec 2012, did u ever stop to think maybe the Mayans just got killed while they were making the calendar?! :|
dr. udai narain sinha December 18, 2012 at 04:00 PM
It has no cientific relevance nor it has any astronomical or religious favour. according indian theory Kaliyuga has to have four lacs 32 thousand years in it. Era of Kaliyuga started after the Mahabharata war ended which may astronomically be tentatively calculated to the date when Indus Civilization collapsed. I am bit surprised how this dogma is prevailing in developed countries? In my opinion world completely never ends. It is surrounded with laya and Pralaya in which some things and people remain and they once again create and procreate generation. It is therefore what is more needed is that we should be friendly to Nature and grab as much as power and knowledge we can from it.

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