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 in Gwinnett County and elsewhere, 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.

Why do you think people get so caught up in end-of-the-world prophesies? Tell us in the comments below.

Kyle lufcy December 17, 2012 at 05:59 PM
I wanna live I don't wanna die I wanna grow up to be an adult so please save us
taunia bleeker December 17, 2012 at 06:30 PM
It's.up to god it's God's will we don't question God he is our Maker we don't look a head for everyday we live day by day for each day is not promised to est nor the next be grateful you're here now and healthy and with your family stop and don't worry about the things that you are out of your hands in and beyond your control and if it's time to dance time nothing we can do about it but yes I agree to see my grandchildren grow up would be a great blessing but they sell all of to Him in heaven. god bless you all great wishes taunia strawn. Tatadewayn@yahoo.com
SYLVANUS.L December 17, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Its god who created the world,let him decide what should happen henceforth. sylvanus.L
SYLVANUS.L December 17, 2012 at 07:21 PM
can anyone tell me please.....was there no world before 5,125 years?
SYLVANUS.L December 17, 2012 at 07:23 PM
will the world end on 21/12/12?
SYLVANUS.L December 17, 2012 at 07:46 PM
god will save us my dear
Parveen albalushi December 17, 2012 at 08:07 PM
InshALLAH nothing will happen Allah is with us.
Nick Westlake December 17, 2012 at 08:28 PM
If there is a god which is a possibility what would he think about the human race? We are getting more lazy more dependant on materialistic stuff instead of basic stuff and caring for each other but most of all we have raped planet earth over the last two centuries of its fossil fuels ect we have been blessed with this place and we take it for granted Who knows when we get wiped out Maby well do it ourselves
Ileana December 17, 2012 at 08:41 PM
I never believed it would end and know I have proof haha to all the people who belived it would
Ileana December 17, 2012 at 08:42 PM
It's not going to end
Ileana December 17, 2012 at 08:42 PM
There will never be a 21/12/12
ricki December 17, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Our belief in a 'god' that will end all life on earth when he will see fit shows how primative we still are as a species.I wouldn't leave your job just yet.
SYLVANUS.L December 18, 2012 at 02:54 PM
It is said that in this year many people will die and that the earth will change. It is said that this will be the biggest disaster ever. Many things will be changed in 2012
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