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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 our area.

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 web site 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 ending in a few days or are you making sure those bill payments go out on time? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

BUTCH December 23, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Well Bluebird is a upgrade from VERA'S last cohort who closed the thread with his potty mouth ,what do u do in yer present day job bluebird besides editing primitive Latin fragments? Vera goes to shopping malls wearing her disgusting T shirts anti abortion rallies where disciples of charlatan christian Pat Robertson the crackers Pope and Billionaire,hold hands with the former enemy RC protestors of the beloved the Cardinals George the predator protector and DOLAN the predator paymaster, I can't forget 2000 one of the reasons for the election result was the RC BISHOPS endorsement of DUBYA along with the Supreme court and then the unholy Bishops and the Pope had second thoughts after the invasion of IRAQ, tough to be the leaders of the oldest Christians on the Planet who are victims of massive bombings(collateral l as Vera said" so what" it is war for Helliburton-blackwater and the entire 1% stooges of the TPARTY,so we engage in ove fests of hate that VERA is the master of and u get the IDEA? Actually bluebird I could care less on yer opinion of being Articulate, yer good manners and defense of VERA is admirable especially if u are still driving a cab and read a lot of mythology or disinfo on the OT as well as NT. Vera just hates it when the dot's and t's are connected such as Sheldon and ARENA = drugs-prostitution -money laundering= CAYMANS-SWITZ and TWIT with a DEM rather than moderate GOP in the WH and AG it would not be possible how's that for a conspiracy?
Despiser of Obama December 23, 2012 at 09:39 PM
BUTCH disgusting T shirt ? No one has the gonades to stop me or can even doing anything about it.
The Sentinel December 23, 2012 at 10:09 PM
I see the spirit of Christmas is alive and not-so-well here.
BUTCH December 24, 2012 at 04:58 AM
Make that Vera models inappropriate TSHIRTS for transsexual predators who share her views on genocide, child -slave labor and murdering Latin American Archbishops, nuns and a million Chinese who share her faith. HAPPY HOLIDAYS to all and to all a good couple of nights.
BUTCH December 24, 2012 at 05:12 AM
Sentinel a story on YAHOO NEWS on the real Apocalyptic lesson has to do with climate change, drought famine and the same thing we are beginning which comes at the end of their calendar or simply it was misinterpreted by the conquistadors who came up with the end of the world mumbo jumbo, How they seen the future that the same thing would occur in 2012 from their crystal ball is more Food for thought !

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