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, 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. Professors across the country to scientific minds at NASA are 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, Professor Gabrielle Vail had this to say 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 predictions? Tell us in the comments below.

Ram kishore December 18, 2012 at 01:10 AM
21st the world came to an end
connor buxton December 18, 2012 at 02:20 AM
This will not happen people so stay calm and wrap those presents trust me i have done more than 35 years of the doomsday and the world will not come to its end untill 109,867,125,742,651,700,747,574,579,363,536,363,555,899,123,469,361 years from 2012 so dont worry!!!
Bophelo CBoss Dira December 18, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Bophelo CBoss Dira Well If i habe my God with me i will be fine and nobody knows when the world is Coming to an end only God knows.
Vonica December 18, 2012 at 02:34 AM
No.. Its impossible to end according to Quran.. It could be distroy some countries
janna holid December 18, 2012 at 02:53 AM
I think that most people are tryi.g to make people scared my birth day is the day before the world ends i dont want to hear people wine about the world endinding.. The thing that we should be wirried about is terrist attacs and crazy people getting out
janna holid December 18, 2012 at 02:54 AM
The myans may be smart but not every one is right
shamier December 18, 2012 at 03:20 AM
i guess people just fantasize about it a lot, it does have a bittersweet thrilling curiosity in it. so they choose to believe what they truly know wont happen ...yet. for a long time. lets hope curiosity didnt really killed the cat :)
Isis Narvaez December 18, 2012 at 04:16 AM
Sad to say," we should not follow the foot steps of our ancestors". We should believe in the Bible. Nontheless,I'm pretty sure the end is not on the 21/12/12.
frank leefa December 18, 2012 at 04:52 AM
God is the only one knows wen the world will end even jesus christ himself he don't know wen the world will end, the quran says the world gona end on friday after six but it didn't mention which friday it is, so be ridiculous cz the one who predicted that the world is gona end he didn't know that the earth exist before he was born, so how come he knows wen the world will end? Crazy thinking. Frank leefa
elizabeth chilandu phiri December 18, 2012 at 05:02 AM
no one knows the time or hour when the son of God shall come,every eye will see him and all our beloved will come fourth from their tombs and wilk shall sing HOSSANAH HOSSANAH!!!
Satrughna Nayak December 18, 2012 at 05:16 AM
I will be the most happiest man because the scripture (The second coming of Jesus)will come true
Satrughna Nayak December 18, 2012 at 05:31 AM
Impossible Impossible Impossible ! Becaue the world is not going to end
Satrughna Nayak December 18, 2012 at 05:45 AM
Im waiting eagerly to celebrate The birth of Lord Jesus Christ so I dont expect to end the world
ralph December 18, 2012 at 06:04 AM
The end of the world is not coming. The world ends for people who are dieing. There might be climate changes all around the world. This December 12 2012 is a date for people to start a new change in there life style. So don't freak out and do like in 1999-2000, buying excessive food and not paying bills, and getting other people richer with their scams of dooms day, you'll regret it the next day when you are more into debt. Just be in harmony with your loved ones and friends, that's what everyone should actually do. It's just another day and we all have to live by it.
Daniel David December 18, 2012 at 06:17 AM
Its yet another day ahead. What happens on december 21st no one knows but people around the world will surely be greeting each other the next morning and perhaps say..hey nothing happen...so dont get too carried away with things will not going to happen not only on the said date but forever.....
priya December 18, 2012 at 06:50 AM
jessietoma December 18, 2012 at 10:25 AM
Only God knows!!!
Srinivas P December 18, 2012 at 10:47 AM
Something will happen some wewre
Srinivas P December 18, 2012 at 10:48 AM
But noyhing will happen in india
Wendy Carter December 18, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Eric December 18, 2012 at 08:39 PM
you are off by 11 years
janna holid December 18, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Ok calm down there is nothing to worry about nothing has happend yet
maria December 19, 2012 at 01:13 AM
u guys are scaring me :(
Binod Pathak December 19, 2012 at 03:31 AM
nothin will happen...
sam t w December 19, 2012 at 09:27 AM
just stop all this bloody religious talk. You people are shallow and blind
sam t w December 19, 2012 at 09:28 AM
leave it to science which is based on fact, logic and evidence
sam t w December 19, 2012 at 09:30 AM
if nasa says its bullshit then thats it.
Srijana December 20, 2012 at 02:40 AM
I dont think that earth is going to end nope it is impossible


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