THE WORLD IS GOING TO END!!!!!
It's about that time of the decade where we have another 'end of the world' conspiracy. Rumor has it that this December marks the end of the Mayan calendar, which also means the end of the world. There is even reports of astrophysicists purchasing survival shelters that are buried 20 ft in the ground claiming that on 'doomsday' we are scheduled to be hit with solar flares and radiation.
If these smart and educated individuals believe that the world really going to end, should the rest of us? Not according to NASA. NASA recently published an article addressing these frequently asked questions and concerns about this December's doomsday.
The origin of this prediction originates from a claim that a planet discovered by the Sumerians, called Nibiru, was headed to collide with Earth. The initial collision date of this catastrophe was predicted to happen in May of 2003, which was pushed until December of 2012 when nothing happened. It was pushed to this December because it aligns with the Mayan calendar winter solse tice in 2012.
This brings me to the next issue on my chopping block: the Mayan prediction theory. The prediction originates from an inscription on a tablet in the Mayan temple of Tortuguero. The inscription refers to Bolon Yokte, a god associated with war and the underworld, descending from the sky in 2012. This table is controversial because we could simply be misinterpreting this god's descent to be apocalyptic, and also the tablet is partly illegible. Also, the Mayan calendar does not cease to exist on December 21, 2012. It just marks the start of another long-count period on the Mayan calendar.
In order for the world to end, a disaster would have to happen on a huge scale, which would probably come from outer space. NASA addresses this point, saying that there are no major meteors headed our way. The last major meteor disaster was 65 million years ago when the dinosaurs became extinct. These are rare occurrences and there are scientists monitoring any large asteroids near Earth. We would be aware of them long before we would be in danger. NASA also states that there are no special risk associated with 2012 for solar storms. Solar activity runs on a regular cycle and peaks every 11 years. We are not due for a major storm.
According to NASA, the Earth is in no danger. Do you believe this? Will you sleep soundly on December 20, 2012? Have you heard of any other theories of how the world is supposed to end?