Despite efforts by NASA to quell end-of-the-world panic by dispelling rumors of a collision between Nibiru or Planet X and Earth, there are still people who fear that the world will end on December 21, 2012. NASA has assured concerned Earthlings, however, that rumors of a massive collision between Nibiru, Planet X or any other space object and Earth are simply part of an internet hoax. Space.com also notes that there is no evidence to support the existence of the supposed planets.
“Nibiru and other stories about wayward planets are an Internet hoax,” NASA writes in a post entitled “Beyond 2012: Why the World Won’t End.” “There is no factual basis for these claims. If Nibiru or Planet X were real and headed for an encounter with the Earth in 2012, astronomers would have been tracking it for at least the past decade, and it would be visible by now to the naked eye. Obviously, it does not exist. Eris is real, but it is a dwarf planet similar to Pluto that will remain in the outer solar system; the closest it can come to Earth is about 4 billion miles.”
According to NASA, the collision between Nibiru and Earth was originally predicted for May 2003, but when nothing happened the date was moved forward to December 2012 and connected to the end of one of the cycles in the Mayan calendar.
There are a number of websites operated by true believers that perpetuate rumors of the Mayan Apocalypse. December212012.com is one website that tries to keep true believers informed with a countdown clock and the latest news on the Mayan Apocalypse.
“Never before in history has one date, one moment in time, been so significant to so many cultures, so many religions, so many scientists, so many governments and to so many people all around the world,” a statement on the website reads.
For those who believe in the end-of-the-world rumors, The Washington Post notes that there are a number of things you can do to prepare: You can buy apocalypse supplies, buy Mayan Apocalypse merchandise and hold a human sacrifice to appease the Mayan gods.
Some believers, however, are confident that the pyramid-shaped Mount Rtanj in Serbia can protect them from the end of the world. The Telegraph reported Monday that Serbia’s mystic mountain is being targeted by believers. Hotels near the mountain tell the Telegraph that they are being overwhelmed with room requests from people who believe that the end of the world will occur on December 21. LiveScience notes that French officials announced that a mystical mountain in France would be closed on December 21 to prevent doomsday believers from overrunning the area.
The Mayan Apocalypse is even impacting flight bookings, according to The Huffington Post. Citing Skyscanner, the Huff Post points out that travelers are looking for one-way tickets to locations that are supposedly safe from different end-of-the-world scenarios. If NASA is wrong, however, no spot on Earth will be safe from a collision between Nibiru and Earth.
“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,” NASA reminds Earthlings.