The end of the world is near; doomsdayers predict it will be Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 but the experts aren’t panicking just yet.
Mayanists say tomorrow isn’t the end, rather the beginning of a new calendar year.
NASA has been flooded with calls from people worried about whether something will collide with the planet Earth.
It’s believed the Earth could be smashed by a giant asteroid or Planet X. Other predictions include Nibiru being on a collision course with the planet or that Earth could be burned to a crisp by solar flares.
In response, the space agency has posted a website to debunk the myths.
Posted in a video online, scientist Don Yeomans says it all began with speculation about the Mayan calendar.
“It’s just like December 31st, our calendar comes to an end but a new calendar starts with January 1st,” he says.
Looking at the date, numerologist Marishka Glynne calls this the end of an old cycle, and a time for starting new adventures.
“So today is fun, enthusiasm, new growth, personal experiences but the year also helps because we’re going into the new cycle of next year,” she says.
According to Glynne, 2013 is supposed to bring about love, peace and freedom.
The University of Calgary’s Kathryn Reese-Taylor tells 660News the confusion first began in the 1960’s and 70’s.
She says the date in the Mayan calendar is similar to the turn of a millennium.
“Whereas we had a very important milestone in our calendar about 12 years ago,” says Reese-Taylor, “December 21st, 2012, is that kind of milestone.”
She adds it’s not the easiest theory to de-bunk.
“There have been many documentaries, many made-for-television movies, many B-reel movies and then some Hollywood blockbusters about 2012,” she says.
Her best advice, the world is not going to end, so pay your taxes.