NASA is working to dispel rumors that the world will end on December 21st. According to a Google+ hangout conducted by the space agency on Wednesday, not only does the space agency consider these rumors to be pure bunk it also thinks that they are “evil” because of the harm they could do to people who really are concerned about the Mayan apocalypse, such as children.
“While this is a joke to some people and a mystery to others, there is a core of people who are truly concerned,” said David Morrison, an astrobiologist at NASA Ames Research Center, during a NASA Google+ hangout. “I think it’s evil for people to propagate rumors on the Internet to frighten children.”
NASA has an entire webpage dedicated to answering questions about Mayan apocalypse rumors.
“The world will not end in 2012,” the webpage reads. “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.”
Rumors were started that Nibiru, a supposed planet found by the Sumerians, will collided with Earth in December. Although the catastrophic event was initially predicted for May 2003, believers had to move the doomsday date forward to December 2012 when nothing happened. Believers connected the arrival of the planet to the end of one of the cycles in the ancient Mayan calendar at the winter solstice in 2012.
NASA notes that the Mayan calendar does not end on December 21, 2012, but that this date is the end of the Mayan long-count period. However, just like our calenders begin again on January 1, another long-count period begins for the Mayan calendar.
As for Nibiru, NASA says that there is no factual basis for these claims. Furthermore, the space agency says that if this planet were real and on a collision path with the Earth in 2012, NASA and other space agencies would have been keeping an eye on it for at least the past ten years. If Nibiru were real, NASA adds, the planet would be visible to the naked eye by this point in time.
The space agency also notes that there are a number of other doomsday scenarios that won’t impact us. NASA is not expecting a “total blackout,” an alignment of all the planets, a polar shift or a massive meteorite to hit the Earth in December.
“For any claims of disaster or dramatic changes in 2012, where is the science? Where is the evidence? There is none, and for all the fictional assertions, whether they are made in books, movies, documentaries or over the Internet, we cannot change that simple fact. There is no credible evidence for any of the assertions made in support of unusual events taking place in December 2012,” NASA says.
While some individuals are worried about one of these events ending life as we know it, NASA’s Mitzi Adams, a heliophysicist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, believes that “the greatest threat to Earth in 2012, at the end of this year and in the future, is just from the human race itself.”
John Scillitani, the owner of 2012apocalypse.net, is one individual who believes in the Mayan apocalypse. “I’m just reading stuff and seeing some coincidences that are kind of eerie,” Mr. Scillitani told LiveScience. “I just love the mythology of it, and you watch a couple shows […] then you start doing research and going, ‘Oh my god, there’s this’ and ‘Oh my god, there’s that,’ and you start taking the numerology and trying to match stuff up.”
His website features pictures of meteor impacts and nuclear explosions.
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