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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 the Southland.

Don’t make any rash decisions: Experts say 12/21/12 is going to be just another typical winter solstice. x

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.

Sandy Killeen December 19, 2012 at 06:12 PM
THINK OF IT THIS WAY, IF THE WORLD ENDS AND WE ALL DIE ON THE SAME DAY, WE'LL ALL BE TOGETHER AGAIN IN HEAVEN WITH ETERNAL LIFE. C'MON GUYS, YOU CAN'T CHANGE DESTINY. IF WE COULD, ALL THOSE LIVES WOULND'T HAVE BEEN LOST LAST WEEK. CALM DOWN, COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS BECAUSE WE NEVER KNOW WHEN IT'S GOING TO BE OUR TIME.
Katrina martinez December 19, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Am a bit scared as well I've got 2 daughters and want to see growing up I don't think the world is going to end
tony December 19, 2012 at 11:15 PM
sleep well chicken,, for in the morning you still have to get up for school or work.. just wake up and smile and take it as a blessing..,, live your life to your full and dont let silly things play on your mind,, be confident and strong and belive you are the best at everything you try,, if you fail at least you have tried when others havnt, xx
tony December 19, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Ash be strong,, nothing is going to happen.. you will be here next year and many years to follow.. sleep well and get the rest you deserve,, take deep breaths and allow yourself to sleep. in the morning its just another day.. school to go to or work to pay the bills,,, happy christmas have a good one,, tony from the uk england
tony December 19, 2012 at 11:21 PM
marlene.. you and your family will be fine,, i can assure you 1000%.. sleep well and enjoy your life with your children and watch them grow,, happy new year.. tony from uk england
tony December 19, 2012 at 11:23 PM
dont worry everything will be fine,,, its all total rubbish i can assure you,, tony from uk england het some sleep and enjoy tomorrow with your kids,xx
tony December 19, 2012 at 11:24 PM
everything will be fine,,, sleep well nekas... you will have many christmases to follow after this one and you will see your childrens children,, xx merry christmas,, from tony uk england
tony December 19, 2012 at 11:26 PM
katrina... be happy,, nothing is going to happen... get some sleep kid... you and your daugters will be fine,, have a great christmas,, from tony and family uk england..:)
tony December 19, 2012 at 11:28 PM
mariella sleep well... tomorrow is another day for work and the bills to pay,, be happy merry christmas... nothing to worry about at all... tony uk england,,x
tony December 19, 2012 at 11:31 PM
to all on here reading this stuff about the end of the world.. sleep well a theres nothing to worry about have a great christmas to you all from tony in the uk england,, happy new year folks,,xxx from me and my kids and giggs the dog,x
John Wilkes December 20, 2012 at 12:17 AM
*think
Stones December 20, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Read Rich Roeper's column from the other day in the Sun-Times on this topic. According to his report, the 21st is only significant because it's the start of a new period. Kind of like a century on our calendar. Also, the Mayan calendar extends for another 80 octillion years for what that's worth.
Semir December 20, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Every beginning has an end. But every and has a new begining too. Do not fear that date, do not fear that day, do not fear anything. Fear God(Allah) he is the one that knows the ending, the date and the day. it is one thing left even if it is the end..to pray to GOD(Allah), for a better tomorrow, for a better future, for a better planet. God bless you all. Allah knows best.
Malik carson December 20, 2012 at 03:02 AM
WE R NOT GOIN TO DIE ONLY GOD KNOWS JUS PRAY AND HAVE FAITH MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERY1 RIP SANDY HOOK 20 6
Alex December 20, 2012 at 04:11 AM
If the world does end I'm spending my last day around the person I love. Good luck everybody let's hope for the best. :/
Laura December 20, 2012 at 06:29 AM
I am so stressed over it !!!!! Im a believer and non believer. I have a son who is going to turn one next month but the thought of the world ending makes me sad and stressed because I don't wanna die in a painful way. And the thought of my son dieing kills me inside because I love him to death. . I'm only 19 and I feel like I haven't accomplished my goals in life! I pray nothing happens but I'm 50/50 .Believe it because due to the leap years and junk it would a happen already. And predictions say it going to happen but volcanic eruptions where supposed to happen ready but nothing happen yet. And although or world is comeing to an end I still dont think where quite there yet... maybe in years to come so idk I'm nervous though
Oluwadamilola December 20, 2012 at 06:38 AM
Bible doesnt says the end of the world that way, rapture(christ 2nd coming) first and other things follow. He knows the begining and the end. Let your mind be at rest people, the world aint gonna end that way. Repent of your evil ways and give all to christ in order to be qualified for the rapture. Rapture is the only event worth worrying about and not any planet colliding with the earth... Merry xmas in advance
Dixie Cannon December 20, 2012 at 07:12 AM
People are so much like sheep - tell them the end is near and they all panic. Use your minds please, the Mayans just ran out of space - DUH. So calm down and breathe.
veeje December 20, 2012 at 08:45 AM
do not worry, till you are there in the land almighty brahamma vishnu maheswara will safe guard you, worship him all worries will fly away. do bhajans forget ur worries of world ending.
Reba December 20, 2012 at 06:29 PM
No
Reba December 20, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Yes god knows
Reba December 20, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Just pray that the world is not going to end
Carri December 20, 2012 at 07:05 PM
@Tony, you're a DEAR! So kind of you to tell people they are going to be okay. I don't believe it is the end. But it is human nature to doubt your instincts and worry anyway isn't it? lol Some just can't help it. I think it makes it worse when we have kids to worry about. When I think of the end I fear for my babies...not myself. I am a wife and mom of 2. A boy 14 in high school and a little girl 6 in first grade. I think my motherly instinct is what is driving me to worry. Your kind messages to everyone (even though they were not for me) just reading them made me feel better. People like you, (your kindness) is the reason God will keep this world thriving and whole for many years to come. There IS still good in this world. Thank you ;) Carri~ From the USA :)
Cristine December 20, 2012 at 07:28 PM
The Mayans didn't account for leap years so technically it was supposed to end years ago. But who knows! Everyone should stay in their homes still just because there will be people running around going nuts and doing stupid things, all because they think the worlds going to end so they can get away with crime.
liyah December 20, 2012 at 08:39 PM
to me i dont think that the world is goin to end because in the bible god said no ones knows the day or time and for the people who is playing with god whats goes around comes around back to you and hunt you down so if you know what i know you would pray dont play with god. and answer this big thing do you believe in the mayan or god first who made earth who made floods firers so tell me what you do to make of the earth nothing yes ima tell you kind of scary but once when i go to sleep i am going to sleep like a baby -and for thoses who dont believe in god i feel bad for you but dont worry becasue this is not the first time that they have said it before and it is not real becasue only gods know so stop ackin stupid live your life and dont give away your home or money becacues i pray we do if we live pass that day which is tommrow at the end of the day you willbe hurting by believing in something that is not really but the second coming is coming but what the4 mayan people say dont py them no attention love you and keep your head up high
liyah December 20, 2012 at 08:44 PM
dont pay the mayan people on attention becasue when god say the world is coming to a end its going to but as of 4 now it remains in the bible that no one knows the date or timeand this is not the first time that they have said this yes the coming is coming but not the day that the mayan say what they think it is people just needs to be quite and just live their life what goes arond who is spreading rumors comes back and bite you in the butt so just pray and believe
skyler December 21, 2012 at 05:01 AM
skyler....... im so scared, i have a 10 mth old daughter and i cry every night thinking of it, well its 12.21.2012 now so what time is it sopposed to end? its 12am right now im still here but shaking, i have a good life and love my family, so please tell me whats going on, i love you jesus you are my savior!!
skyler December 21, 2012 at 05:02 AM
please help me its 12.21.12 am i gonna die? are we all gonna die
Cristine December 21, 2012 at 07:18 PM
No dude. The world was supposed to end at 3:11 this morning. And it didn't. UNLESS: it did end but our minds got erased and then we were all transported to a twin planet and everything is exactly the same so no one thinks it ended when it did. Which is a likely theory.
Hoghead December 21, 2012 at 07:33 PM
OK-we're still here I was waiting on paying my bills but now I have to.....

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