KENTUCKY (12/13/12) – According to many, the world is nearly a week away from impending doom. The Mayan calendar ends on Dec. 21, 2012, prompting many to believe that the Mayan civilization made an end of the world prophecy for that day.
The story of the world’s demise on Dec. 21 began with predictions that the Earth would take a hit from a planet called Nibiru, supposedly discovered by the Sumerians. This catastrophe was originally predicted to occur in May 2003, but when nothing happened, the prediction was moved to Dec. 21. The event was linked to the end of a cycle on the Mayan calendar which occurs at the winter solstice.
Several theories are present about what will happen on Dec. 21. These include a major meteor crash, the planets aligning and a global flood, as shown in the film “2012.”
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has responded to each of these theories. They have stated that meteor strikes are always possible, but big hits are rare. They also say that there are no planetary alignments predicted for the next few decades and that even if there were, it would not affect Earth enough to matter.
The Mayan calendar does not cease to exist after Dec. 21. It starts a new cycle, just as the Gregorian calendar ends on Dec. 31 and starts again on Jan. 1.
The Mayans say they do not believe the world is going to end on Dec. 21. They say a new cycle of time will start. According to the Mayans, the world is currently in a cycle of death. When this cycle ends, the world will enter into a cycle of rebirth and peace.
NASA said theories like this are not based in scientific proof, but rather are internet hoaxes.
“For any claims of disaster or dramatic changes in 2012, where is the science?” NASA’s website said. “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.”
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