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.

manas ranjan mangaraj December 19, 2012 at 03:40 PM
every thing is on God's hand.
yogesh Attri December 19, 2012 at 04:05 PM
nothing wrong shall be happened with our planet, all are remours
Kimberly Jones December 19, 2012 at 04:08 PM
I agree with the very first comment on here but I also agree with nasa because they shod know if anything coming to earth or not because they watch what is space and I don't think the world going to end because I don't think god is ready for that because if he was he won't lit women get pregnant and we won't food right now or water
Umer December 19, 2012 at 06:16 PM
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Shaban danish December 19, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Everything is in ALLAH command!!!nothing will haPPEN!!!
Umer December 19, 2012 at 06:42 PM
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Lp December 19, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Nothing is going to happen, all those people who are spending money they don't have right now and making the economy worse I really hope you enjoy that end of the world bunker you have, until you have to live on the streets because you will be in debt all because of a calendar said so? I might as well write one that says we all die on the1st of feb 2013! calendars end... Stupid.
Binod December 19, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Its just a big threat in all of us..i totally agree with NASA
Koushik sarkar December 19, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Surely nothing will happen? R u sure?
deepes sthapit December 19, 2012 at 07:59 PM
nothing going 2 happened i can bet 10000000 millions of pounds
Dolly December 19, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Everythg in gods hand.Live your life happily
Melodie Romeo December 19, 2012 at 08:46 PM
If some huge, unpreventable disaster was about to occur that no scientists nor governments could prevent and are not prepared to deal with, do you honestly think they would tell everyone, "Hey, it is very likely that in 2 days the earth will be in shambles and most of you will be dead"? Of course not! There is no way they would send everyone into a panic. Of course they will say "everything is fine; here, worry about the fiscal cliff and what celebrity is cheating on his spouse." The news media - if they are still around - will report on Yellowstone errupting or the New Madrid Fault superquake only after it happens . . . for anyone who still has electricity to tune into. Not saying it will happen - just they aren't going to tell us when and if it does.
stephl December 19, 2012 at 10:11 PM
I agree with the last comment. Being an army veteran, it is not feasible for the government to warn people that a disaster over their capabilities will happen. Government is full of lies and secrecy. To cause a mass hysteria prior to a world wide disaster would cause more problems. I am not saying that it's going to happen or that the government knows about it. I am just saying if it were to happen, it was meant to be by a higher power and there is nothing anybody can do about it. Worrying about the chances of it happening will not stop it either. Just live your life, hug your love ones and hope for the best.
Alana Jones December 19, 2012 at 10:27 PM
I dont know what I believe: its one of those things. Everyone knows about it, and without realising it, they wonder about it; whether it is true,what are the facts, so on. But people also said that the world would end on 12/12/12. We are all still here now. And people also said that it would end in 2004 or whatever-my point is, we are still here, and I am sure we will all still be here on the 22nd. :-)
Tyler Gaffar December 19, 2012 at 11:47 PM
If some big planet was coming towards Earth, Nasa would be tracking it for years, and, we would be able to see it with our naked eye by now.
Russell December 20, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Come on everyone, if it happens, it happens. There's absolutely no way anyone but our creator could stop it. We are all missing the big picture. WE ARE ALL GOING TO PASS ON ONE DAY. So, enjoy the time you have, express life's loves and desires, love your partners and families as if there is no tomorrow and be at peace with your lives. I am eternally grateful for my 50 plus years and relish my life's journey. Every memory, great or sad feeds my soul with an appreciation only I know. Find yourselves and live.
hemant December 20, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Doomsday is possible but 21 dec 2012 doomsday impossible . Nothing to worry for doomsday just believe in god . God has created us . God is worried for us . So need to worry as nasa statement its begining not the end
dinushan December 20, 2012 at 12:42 AM
what world over
Aneeta koirala December 20, 2012 at 02:51 AM
People are afraid of death but it is threat that world will be vanished .I agree with NASA and want to say please donot loose hope and donot be in debt it will harm your future after 21 dec 2012
Ravi Teja December 20, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Iqbal December 20, 2012 at 05:38 AM
I agree with nasa
tamera December 20, 2012 at 06:37 AM
you sure that nothing will not happen to the world i'm only 13 years old i'm really scary
RAMESH DAI December 20, 2012 at 08:25 AM
Rehan haidari December 20, 2012 at 09:19 PM
dont worry nothing will happen dear's
Max Banuelos December 20, 2012 at 10:34 PM
the only thing we need to worry is about our surroundings and others , and including our own family's .If there is one thing that would be is that my teacher always thought me o beware of my surroundings and watch the things i do . Not everyone is perfect . we cant always be thing perfect humans on this earth and do everything right , there is going to be always something wrong along in our life . so god help us if the world does or not end
J.Lyn December 21, 2012 at 05:18 AM
I did not have to read all the comments above to know that I live in a world of freaks and head-cases... and pathetics...but...these comments certainly verify my observations.
Ellen Beth Gill December 22, 2012 at 03:47 PM
It was never an end of the world prediction, but the marking of what the Mayan's thought was going to be a new age for mankind where all the evils—war, materialism, violence, abuses, injustice, abuses of power, etc.—would end. It might just be a good idea to make sure that new age happens prophecy or not.


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