This just in: NASA scientists say the world isn’t coming to an end.
Amid the swirl of Internet-fueled rumors and misinterpretations of the Mayan calendar, the space agency is operating a “Beyond 2012: Why the World Won’t End” web page (http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/2012.html) that explains what’s wrong with the various theories that things will come to an end on Dec. 21.
Contrary to one rumor, there’s no planet hurtling toward Earth. If that were true, NASA says, “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.”
As for the theories about the Mayan calendar running out, the scientists say: “Just as the calendar you have on your kitchen wall does not cease to exist after Dec. 31, the Mayan calendar does not cease to exist on Dec. 21, 2012. This date is the end of the Mayan long-count period but then — just as your calendar begins again on Jan. 1 — another long-count period begins for the Mayan calendar.”
Bottom line, NASA says: “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.”