If the Mayan calendar would be followed, then the world will come to an end on December 21, 2012. However, NASA astronomers refute this theory saying that the predicted date is not true and “ridiculous.”
The Mayan civilization, which thrived in Central America between 250 and 900 AD, had a complex set of time cycles they called the Long Count. The 144,000-day period, which began in August 3114 AD, ends on December 21, 2012, which is the winter solstice. The concept that the world would end on the said date came from a group of Mayan scholars in 1996, the year the 220.127.116.11 date was excavated on a stone plaque in a building in Mexico.
According to the scholars, the date is the beginning of an ominous event, wherein a deity associated with the underworld will descend. However, other experts conceived that the artifact was an assertion that the ancient building would remain erect, against all odds, in 2012. According to Restall and Solari, there is nothing in the Mayan belief that suggests that December 21, 2012 is indeed the end of the world.
Other doomsday theories assert that a rogue planet named “Nibiru” or “Planet X” will collide with Earth on December 21, 2012. This was proposed by self-proclaimed Nibiru expert Nancy Lieder, who says that she is constantly communicating with aliens from Zeli Reticuli. Other theories say that a massive comet or asteroid similar to the one that ended the Age of Dinosaurs 65 million years ago would knock the Earth around. Still, there are theorists that claim that the stars or planets would align with each other which could transform the earth resulting to tidal waves.
In refuting these claims, NASA insisted that none of the theories have merit. According to the astronomer Don Yeomans, the theory about Nibiru is “ridiculous” because the planet does not exist in the first place. On the planetary realignment, he said that any event such as that is not worrisome as the gravitational effects would be “negligible at best.”
Meanwhile, Ian O’Neil revealed at Discovery News that there are no comets or asteroids that would strike the earth in 2012. There will be disasters, wars, and turmoil this year but they cannot be predicted by any doomsday theorist or ancient civilizations.